Otters on leek diet as a saint's day treat


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

EVENTS across the region are set to mark St David’s Day tomorrow with celebrations including town centre parades and a special treat for family of otters.

Wales’ patron saint, who it is claimed lived for more than 100 years in the fifth and sixth centuries, is often said to have carried a dove on his shoulder.

But animals of a different kind will celebrate his life and all things Welsh at the Blue Planet Aquarium at Cheshire Oaks on Saturday.

Keepers at the aquarium will be providing their family of Asian short-clawed otters with bunches of leeks to eat over the weekend.

Blue Planet’s James Buchanan said: “Their diet is made up of a mix of meat and vegetables so we were hoping the leeks would go down well.”

Visitors will be able to see how the other otters react during twice-daily feeds, which take place at noon and 2pm.

In Wrexham there will be a special St David's Day parade through the town centre.

It will leave the Saith Seren pub on Lambpit Street at 11am and make its way through Chester Street, High Street, Hope Street, Regent Street, Egerton Street, Lord Street, Queen’s Square and will end with the traditional singing of the national anthem.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the parade, which will assemble from 10.30am.

The St David’s Day food and craft market will be held in Queen’s Square between 10am and 4pm, which will feature stalls and demonstrations throughout the day.

And Chirk Castle will be letting people in for free to join them in their celebrations, which include performances by the Fron Male Voice Choir at 1pm and 2pm in the castle’s courtyard and chapel.

It is also the official launch day of Golau – a multi-sensory exhibition inspired by the landscape of Offa’s Dyke and Chirk Castle, where live performances will take place in the Adams Tower between noon and 3pm.

Flintshire will mark the day by hoisting the Welsh flag at Flint Castle following a long campaign to see it unfurled at the ‘English’ castle which was one of a series of castles built during King Edward I’s 13th Century campaign to conquer Wales.

The flag will fly for the first time when it is raised at 10am and hundreds of people are expected to attend.

A host of activities have been planned in Mold town centre in honour of the national day, from stalls offering food and recipes, a dragon treasure hunt and pop-up street performances.

There will also be choirs, music and theatre events in the town throughout the day, while residents at Llys Jasmine Extra Care Home on Jasmine Avenue are hosting a Wonderfully Welsh Coffee Morning from 9.30am.

Storytime at Mold Library runs throughout the afternoon. Aimed at children aged between four and six, there will be stories in English from 1.30pm and in Welsh from 3pm.

Entries for a Welsh story and picture competition should be done in advance and handed in to Mold Library before noon on Saturday.

A St David’s Day barn dance takes place at Ysceifiog Village Hall tomorrow at 8pm, featuring the band Clochan.

Tickets, priced £5 and £3 for under-16s, will be available on the door or can be reserved in advance by calling Alan Bridson on 01352 741700 or John House on 01352 720860.

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