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Giant dragon to tower over Wales

An art dealer is hoping to build a giant Welsh dragon statue in a bid to raise money for a cancer charity

Simon Wingett unveiled his plans for the sculpture, which he hopes will rival the Angel of the North.

Waking the Dragon would cost around £6 million and tower at 64m. A culture complex would be incorporated into the structure and the bronze beast would sit on a shining 40m tower.

It is hoped the statue would become an icon of Welsh heritage and culture.

Any profits made from the project would be given to the Frank Wingett Cancer Appeal, which is celebrating 30 years of improving sufferers’ quality of life.

Simon Wingett said: ‘The idea was spawned because of all the time spent driving up and down motorways and seeing cars and lorries displaying Welsh flags, the drivers obviously very proud of their heritage.

‘I just thought that we must be the proudest nation in the world.

‘The thought came about, “why not have a colossal Welsh dragon?” Something of the Statue of Liberty proportions.’

The A5 near Chirk was suggested as a site because it boasts stunning views across Wrexham and the borderlands.

The dragon tower would be shorter than the Statue of Liberty by around 30m, and the dragon’s wingspan would spread 50m. However, it would tower over the Angel of the North which measures in at around 20m.

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