Posted: Wed 9th Aug 2023

Petition launched in Holywell calling for star-studded mural celebrating Sir Jonathan Pryce and Gaz Top

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Aug 9th, 2023


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A petition has been launched in Holywell, calling for the creation of a mural to celebrate the town’s arts and entertainment heroes.

Hope Davies, the local resident behind the initiative, is keen on seeing an “absolute cracker of a painted mural” in the heart of the town, honouring famous figures who have had a significant impact on arts and culture.

The proposed mural would feature prominent personalities like Carmel born Sir Jonathan Pryce CBE, known for his stunning performances on stage and in film and television.

Pryce’s career began on the stage, where he gained recognition for his roles in productions like “Hamlet” and “Miss Saigon.”

In film, he has appeared in notable works such as “Brazil,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “The Two Popes.”

His portrayal of the High Sparrow in “Game of Thrones” further cemented his reputation as a versatile and compelling actor.

Pryce’s achievements include Tony and Olivier Awards, and he was knighted in 2021 for his services to drama and charity.

Other suggestions include Gaz Top, the TV presenter who made science and technology engaging for children who grew up in Holywell.

Gaz Top became a household name through his work on children’s television shows like “How 2” and “Get Fresh.”

His enthusiastic and approachable style helped make complex scientific concepts accessible to young audiences.

Gaz Top’s contributions to educational entertainment have left a lasting impact on generations of viewers.

Hope says in her petition, “let’s not forget Seren Sandham-Davies (pictured above) smashing it in the West End. Jennifer Toye and Dotty Miles absolutely deserve a spot too.”

Additionally, the mural would make room for other musicians, singers, dancers, writers, and comedians who have connections to Holywell.

In her petition, Hope writes, “I’m dead keen on getting something solid sorted about this idea that’s been floating around for yonks now.”

The mural is envisioned as a colourful and inspiring addition to the town, reflecting the pride and history of Holywell’s artistic contributions.

The community is actively encouraged to participate in the process, with Hope calling for suggestions on who should be featured in the mural and where it should be located. From the town square to Tower Gardens or even a wall by Tesco, ‘all ideas are welcome.’

According to the petition, all ideas will be passed onto Holywell Town Council will have the final say, “they’ve got the final say, but they know they can’t ignore the voice of the people.” Hope said.

Hope said a mural would make the town centre “shine like a diamond.”

Holywell residents can contribute their thoughts via the petition which can be found here: change.org.

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