Community groups from across the area being invited to take part in a parade celebrating all that makes Wrexham special, as part of the official opening of Tŷ Pawb.
The celebratory event, titled Dydd Llun Pawb, will take place on Easter Monday 2nd April, when the town’s new £4.5 million arts and market development opens its doors to the public.
Work on the redevelopment of the former Peoples Market has been ongoing since the start of the year and is entering into its final few months.
Funding for the development has been well documented, despite the frequent confusion / comments on social media over who funded what and what it could be spent on. As reported previously there has been £700k Vibrant and Viable Places funding from Welsh Government, the Arts Council Wales contributing £2.3 million and Wrexham Council funding £1.5million of the build.
To celebrate the grand opening next spring, a day-long celebration with a carnival atmosphere is planned, featuring live music, performing arts, craft, food and drink stalls, and a range of hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.
Welsh for ‘Everybody’s Monday’, Dydd Llun Pawb brings back an old Wrexham tradition, where locals would descend into the town for a day of festivities on the Monday following the annual spring market.
The event is being organised by local events team, FOCUS Wales, who last month won the contract to organise the launch event.
Speaking at this month’s Town Centre Forum, Creative Director at Tŷ Pawb, Jo Marsh, explained that the organisers are keen to get as many people involved in the launch event as possible.
She said: “For local businesses there will be an opportunity to have a stall on Chester Street. There will be a lot of activity on there with a street party, it will be an enlivening of that part of town.”
As part of the launch event there will also be a parade celebrating all that is brilliant about Wrexham, with Jo explaining that the team at Tŷ Pawb will be working with artists, local groups, schools, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts to help put the event together.
Led by a marching band through the town centre, the parade will also feature giant versions of six brand new Wrexham Souvenirs, selected in November by a public vote.
In the month leading up to the official opening there will also be a space in town used for workshops where the public can get involved.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “Tŷ Pawb’s role is to serve and celebrate the community of Wrexham, and Dydd Llun Pawb will be a testament to that.
“From selecting the name to constructing the furniture, many people have supported the centre’s development from the outset, and a huge parade to celebrate the wonderful contributions so many people make to the town will be a great way to say thank you as we open.”
Further details of what will take place at the launch event will be revealed in the New Year.
Groups interested in taking part in the Dydd Llun Pawb parade should contact firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 22nd December.