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Caerphilly Dragon unleashed to fire up Wales squad

A colossal dragon has been brought to life in support of the Wales football team ahead of their epic battle against Portugal.

Through high-quality CGI animation, Cadw has managed to stir the one tonne dragon, who lives as Caerphilly Castle.

The one tonne dragon has been scaring visitors to Caerphilly Castle since St David’s Day. Credit: Cadw

The film released by Cadw also announces the dragon’s seven-week tour across Wales – helping to continue patriotic celebrations well into the summer.

The film shows the dragon on the move across Wales – complete with its gleaming black and red scales, gigantic wings and the sound of its thunderous roar.

Caerphilly Dragon brought to life for Bale. Credit: Cadw

This month, the iconic dragon will make a flying visit to Flint Castle, followed by its final stint in Caerphilly Castle, before landing in Chepstow Castle.

Towns in north and west Wales will also be invaded by the mythical beast during August and September.

We are always looking at exciting and creative ways of bringing Wales’s historic monuments to life to appeal to a wide range of visitors, and this latest CGI film does just that.

The reception that the dragon received at Caerphilly Castle was overwhelming – not only having a positive impact on the site, but on the town’s wider economy too.

– Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

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