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Bienvenue, St Dewi

A giant statue of St David/Dewi Sant has been ceremoniously unveiled in the acclaimed Vallee des Saints sculpture park in Brittany, France.

Dewi is the latest addition to over 100 exhibits of Celtic saints with connections to Brittany at the venue, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

It is thought Dewi travelled extensively through Brittany spreading Christianity on the continent. A number of churches and chapels in the region are dedicated to him.

The statue, hewn from a single piece of granite, stands over ten feet tall and is the creation of Carmarthenshire-based sculptor Paul Kincaid, for whom the ceremony was the culmination of nine months work.

Paul lives in the village of Llansawel, near Llandeilo, and is a warden at St Sawel’s Church.

“It has been a wonderful thing to make,” he said, “but it’s been daunting too. Dewi Sant was a big man and this has been a big task. I only hope I have done him justice”

About a thousand people gathered in the park for the ceremony. Pipe bands led a procession of druids, bards and friends to the statue, which was draped in the traditional black and gold flag of St David.

    

The statue was unveiled by local schoolchildren. The Director of La Vallee des Saints, Sebastien Minguy, welcomed the lastest addition to his collection, Paul Kincaid spoke about his work and there were songs and poems from, among others, the chaired bard of the 2016 national eisteddfod, Aneirin Karadog.

A simultaneous performance of the Welsh and Breton national anthems by members of the Gorsedd concluded the ceremony.