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Mold's Gold Cape on display at Wrexham Museum

by Rob Shelley

The Gold Cape, one of the British Museum's most treasured possessions, is back as close to home as security allows.

It was discovered in 1833, on the outskirts of Mold in Flintshire, and ranked as one of the most beautiful objects and significant finds in Britain.

For the next six weeks, Wrexham Museum will be showing the Bronze Age artefact. We got a sneak preview.

Engine failure a possible factor in Chester air crash

Karl Hendrickson worked at Airbus for 20 years Credit: Cheshire Police

Engine failure has been cited as a possible cause of a light aircraft crash, which happened near Chester last August.

43-year-old Karl Hendrickson from Mold was one of two men killed. A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said engine failure could not be ruled out.

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Mysterious 'Mold Gold Cape' returns to Wales

The Mold Cape is an iconic object linking the Welsh with their ancient past. Credit: British Museum

The Mold Cape wast discovered in 1833, on the outskirts of Mold, Flintshire.

While workmen were filling in a gravel pit they uncovered this decorated gold object in the side of a stony bank. Today, it is recognised as one of the finest achievements in gold craftsmanship from prehistoric Europe.

It was a ceremonial cape, a badge of distinction, thought to have been worn by a religious leader. It would appear that there was a distinctive tradition of making capes in North East Wales. New findings suggest the cape was worn by a ‘woman of distinction’, not a man, as previously assumed.

The gold cape is from the bronze age and was discovered in a grave in Mold in 1833. Credit: National Museum of Wales

The true age of the grave and the cape have been confirmed as being around 3,700 years old, belonging to the Early Bronze Age.

The cape is on display at the National Museum in Cardiff on 2 July to the 4th August when it then leaves for Wrexham Museum from the 8th August to the 14th September.

Mold post office 'loses £40,000' after phone switch mistake

The owner of a post office in Mold says he has lost around £40,000 worth in takings since phone engineers mistakenly switched his number to a neighbour last month.

The mistake means the shop is unable to carry out card transactions and has been hit with a 70% slump in trade.

It also means that his customers - many of whom are elderly - are unable to get their pensions or withdraw cash, while vulnerable villagers who ring up for goods to be delivered have no way of getting in contact.

Ian Lang has been to meet him.

Vet Catherine Gowing remembered at church service

Friends, family and colleagues of Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing have attended a memorial service in Mold this afternoon.

Ms Gowing's sister Emma Maguire, who was at the service at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Buckley, said the family were deeply grateful for the love, care and kindness shown to them by the people of North Wales.

The service today has been such a beautiful representations of my sister. She is here with us in spirit today.

– Emma Maguire, sister of Catherine Gowing

Clive Sharp from Mold was jailed for life in February after admitting to the 37-year-old's murder.

Memorial service held for Catherine Gowing

Colleagues of Catherine Gowing say she is 'loved and greatly missed' Credit: North Wales Police

A service will be held this afternoon in memory of Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing.

The 37-year-old, who was originally from Ireland, disappeared from Mold in October last year.

Local man Clive Sharp was jailed for life in February after admitting to her murder.

Ms Gowing's colleagues at DE Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold have organised the service, which will take place at 2pm at at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.

One colleague described her as a 'warm-hearted' person who was 'loved and greatly missed'.

Friends and family of Ms Gowing are also expected to attend the service.

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Irish vet murder was 'horrific and cold hearted'

Irish vet Catherine Gowing who was murdered by Clive Sharp. Credit: North Wales Police

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Griffith Williams told Sharp: "This is a horrific, cold hearted murder, carried out to gratify your perverted sexual desires."

Sharp, dressed in grey jogging bottoms and a grey jumper, made no reaction but the victim's sister, Emma, sat in the public gallery just yards from the dock, did not take her eyes off the defendant throughout the 50 minute hearing.

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