By David Hanson MP / Latest News / 0 Comments

Holywell Medieval Festival

I joined in with the festivities at the Holywell medieval festival this weekend.

On Friday, I attended a service to commemorate the 600 anniversary of King Henry V’s pilgrimage in thanksgiving from Shrewsbury to the Shrine of Saint Winefride. The history of the well dates back to the 7th century and tells us the story of Winefride, the daughter of a nobleman. Winifride was beheaded following the amorous advances from a local prince named Caradog which she refused. In a fit of rage the prince decapitated Winifride and where her head fell a spring sprung. But not only did this miracle occur, also she was brought back to life. Living out the rest of her days as a nun.

After the service I enjoyed the family fun day on Saturday watching medieval re-enactments and archery competitions, as well as performers playing medieval instruments.

We luckily had some excellent weather and a brilliant turnout. Everyone enjoyed themselves in celebrating our history and heritage.

These events remind me how steeped in history our community is in Flintshire. We have one of the most historically important sites in the UK, in Flint Castle, and Holywell Flint is one of the most spiritual places in the country. It is something we should be proud of and show off to the rest of the country and the world.

Also, I would like to thank Transition Holywell for organising this fantastic event.