DOZENS of flags celebrating Swansea’s history are now on display in Oystermouth Castle.
Although the castle is closing for the 2017 season from Saturday September 30 until April, the flags will continue to fly from the attraction over the autumn and winter.
Fitting in with Visit Wales’s Year of Legends theme, the colourful flags were created by Swansea schoolchildren, inspired by their visits to the castle and tales of local myths. They were also displayed on the beach close to the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre earlier this summer.
Participating schools included Whitestone Primary, Penyrheol Primary, Plasmarl Primary, YGG Pontybrenin, Pentre’r Graig Primary, YGG Login Fach, Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn and Tre Uchaf Primary.
Partly funded by the Arts Council, the project has been run by Swansea Council’s arts in education team, in partnership with Locws International, an award-winning, Swansea-based arts group.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “Thousands of people of all ages from across Swansea, Wales and further afield again visited Oystermouth Castle this year to explore its nooks and crannies, discover its history and take a step back in time.
“Among the visitors have been scores of children from a number of local schools, who were given the opportunity to imagine the castle’s inhabitants and goings-on through the ages, helping inspire them to design a series of flags.
“Now on display at the castle until Saturday September 30, there’s only a week or so left this year for people to discover the flags in the castle itself, although they’ll continue to fly from the attraction over the autumn and winter.
“Oystermouth Castle is a key part of Swansea’s culture that we’re looking to celebrate and share with the world if we’re successful in our bid for the UK City of Culture 2021 title.”
Swansea Council runs Oystermouth Castle with support from the Friends of Oystermouth Castle.
Events and activities held there over recent months have included a photography exhibition, a Mediaeval Living History Day, a Prince and Princesses Day, guided tours, and traditional arts and crafts.
Images courtesy of LOCWS International.
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