Opposition in Wales to insulting "Ring of Iron" grows

Flint Castle (Welsh: Castell y Fflint) is located in Flint (Y Fflint) in north-east Wales. It stands on the Dee Estuary (Aber Dyfrdwy) where the River Dee (Afon Dyfrdwy) flows into the sea. Work began on the castle in 1277. It was one of the first of a series of castles built in Wales by the English King Edward I (17/18 June 1239 – 7 July 1307) during his campaign to conquer Wales. They were constructed with the aim of forming an "Iron Ring" used to suppress Welsh resistance. Each of these castles viewed on their own can be admired as an impressive structure with a unique fortress design. They draw many thousands of visitors every year. However, there is a difference between that and the idea of celebrating the very idea of England's "Iron Ring", which was used to subdue and conquer the Welsh people in the campaign to deprive them of their independence.

Hardly surprising then that Welsh people reacted with horror when a huge ring-shaped walkway celebrating the "Iron Ring" was agreed to be built next to Flint Castle. Part of nation-wide contest for Wales' 2017 Year of Legends, it was intended to be part of a project to attract more visitors to Flint Castle. However, it is seen by Welsh people as a symbol of historic oppression. A petition calling for the design to be scrapped has met with a huge response and has now led to the project being " paused ". Paused is clearly not enough and this symbol of English subjugation and oppression of the Welsh people needs to be cancelled. You can read more and sign the petition here: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/no-to-flint-castle-s-planned-iron-ring


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