This wonderful dragon sculpture and fire beacon was envisioned by John Evans, and designed and built for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by Peter Carlyle and his son James. It started life as a small lead model, and has finally been made from plasma cut 15mm mild steel plate that has rusted to a lovely mellow red. The teeth, claws and horns are made from stainless steel which provide a lovely contrast, and the dragon is intended to be a permanent feature on Bettisfield Hill, Bagillt – the site of the former Bettisfield Colliery and situated on the Flintshire Coastal Path.
The fine stone plinth for the dragon was made by local stonemason Paul ‘Tyn Chwart’ Evans.
The funding for the beacon was provided by Flintshire County Council’s Countryside Services, plus a variety of community groups, including the Friends of Bagillt Foreshore, and was lit in June 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as part of a chain of beacons across the country. Sadly, John Evans died before the final completion.
As well as being an impressive structure, the dragon conceals a secret.
A time capsule was buried under the plinth, containing photographs, poems and memories from the residents of Bagillt, and children from Ysgol Merllyn and Glan Aber Primary School. A Jubilee edition of the Flintshire Leader was also included. The capsule will be opened again in 50 years’ time – instructions have been left with the local schools on when to open the capsule, so that they can gather together original contributors plus friends and relatives, and re-live those memories once more.