Covid in Wales: Wrexham church displays angels to honour deaths

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The angels have been put on display at St Giles Church in Wrexham

A church has put 6,000 handmade angels on display to remember those who died from coronavirus in Wales.

The figurines have been suspended in nets hanging in the tower and naves of St Giles' Parish Church in Wrexham and will remain in place until January.

The Reverend James Tout said: "Angels for Christians have represented hope and light for generations now."

Health officials reported nine further Covid-related deaths and 3,016 new cases on Sunday.

It means the total number of deaths with Covid in Wales now stands at 6,150, according to Public Health Wales.

The latest figures cover a 24-hour period to 09:00 on Friday.

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The Reverend James Tout said the angels represent hope and light

The display was inspired by the 15th Century musical angels carved into the church's wooden roof.

Each angel represents a life lost and has has been made with new or recycled paper, wool and other materials.

"It's a really appropriate symbol that we can show to other people of the idea of life after death and the hope that we have in God that life does continue and death is not the end," he added.

He added that the Festival of Angels would also allow people some space and time to reflect over the past 18 months.

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The display will remain in place until the New Year

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