Dewi the Dragon flies east for a winter pampering holiday

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Dewi the Welsh dragon being lifted from his home in Harlech.

A spectacular Welsh dragon sculpture has left his home guarding an award winning caravan park on the Cambrian Coast to enjoy a winter pampering holiday over the border in England.

 

The eye-catching 16-foot long, 11ft high and 10 ft wide metal dragon was lifted from his plinth at the entrance to the five star Min-y-Don Holiday Home and Touring Park in Harlech and transported back to his creator, turning many heads along the way.

 

The popular dragon, named Dewi, is owned by caravan dealership Salop Leisure, which has sales centres at Emstrey, Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn.

 

He has returned to Marche Studios at Ford, near Shrewsbury, for general maintenance and repainting before flying back to his home next spring.

 

Dewi became a major tourist attraction when he was initially based at Salop Leisure’s roadside headquarters at Emstrey and has been popular with visitors to Harlech since 2011.

 

The dragon took 732 hours to be crafted and comprises 2,500 different sized scales welded onto a frame. The scales, cut from 78 square metres of sheet metal, were polished and given 12 coats of lacquer. Now it’s time for Dewi to have a makeover.

 

Salop Leisure’s chairman Tony Bywater said: “Dewi looks fantastic set against the backdrop of Harlech Castle, which is a World Heritage site, but he deserves a holiday and pampering after guarding the park for four years.”