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Sunday, 16 September, 2001, 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK
Siān Phillips unveils Glyndwr memorial
Owain Glyndwr
Owain Glyndwr's daughter died in London
Veteran Welsh actress Siān Phillips has unveiled a 10-foot high sculpture dedicated to the daughter of the Welsh legend Owain Glyndwr in London.

Catrin was captured with her children, two girls and one boy, at Harlech in 1409 during Owain's fight for the freedom of Wales.

Sian Phillips
Ms Phillips: the statue will become a focal point

The ceremony has taken place on Glyndwr's Day which many believe should be proclaimed a bank holiday.

Catrin was buried with her children in St Swithin's Church in the City of London following their death in 1413.

The sculpture which has been crafted out of Gelligaer bluestone has been erected in Cannon Street Gardens.

The design for the statue was created by Pontypridd-based Nic Stradlyn-John, and sculpted by Cwmdu-based Richard Renshaw.

It has a curving naturalistic form and a flowing line leading from the stone base to a bronze tip suggests two figures: a mother protecting her child.

Owain Glyndwr
Owain Glyndwr: His uprising was a turning point

It is meant to represent the suffering of women and children in war and to celebrate the enduring spirit of Wales.

Unveiled the monument Ms Phillips said: "It is a great honour to be asked to unveil this statue for Catrin Glyndwr.

"The memorial will create a focal point in London for people with Welsh connections and I'm sure that it will become a natural venue for future events and celebrations."

Glyndwr, who was proclaimed Prince of Wales on 16 September, 1400 after rebelling against English rule, is a key figure in Welsh history and was the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales.

Calls were made last autumn on the 600th anniversary of Owain Glyndwr for a Glyndwr Day bank holiday.

Campaign group Embassy believes the anniversary of the revolt in Wales against Henry IV should become a national day.

See also:

05 Apr 00 | Wales
Glyndwr letter back in Wales
25 Jan 01 | Wales
Stamp of approval for Glyndwr?
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