By Gumm! Richard brings H M Stanley back to life


Kirstie Dolphin

AN HISTORIC explorer has been brought back to life through a re-enactment to promote Wales’ newest city.

St Asaph councillor and historical re-enactor Richard Gumm, has donned the role of becoming Henry Morton Stanley, a Victorian journalist and adventurer who spent nine years in St Asaph’s Workhouse. This initiative is one of a number by the City of St Asaph and Rhuddlan Tourism Association (SARTA) to promote the area as an ideal tourist destination.

“We went to the Trafford Centre in Manchester for the Great Days Out exhibition which was on February 9,” said Mr Gumm.

“The idea was to promote tourism in St Asaph and Rhuddlan to the thousands of people who attended the exhibition. Exhibitors at Great Days Out come from as far afield as Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Cumbria, The North East of England, West Midlands etc,” he added.

HM Stanley, who was born in Denbigh, is best remembered for his famous encounter with Dr Livingstone, the missionary he was sent to find and who had not been seen for many years, living deep in the heart of the Congo jungle.

By re-enacting the historic figure at events around the UK, SARTA hope to attract visitors to the area for its interesting history.

“The visitors to the exhibition usually come in coach parties from a 100 mile radius around Manchester,” said Mr Gumm.

“We intend to exhibit at more shows this summer, such as at the Cheshire Show and Southport Flower Show.”

SARTA has also received funding from Denbighshire County Council and a grant from Cadwyn Clwyd for an ipad to help promote St Asaph and Rhuddlan at exhibitions.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr Livingstone, there was a lecture by Livingstone and Stanley biographer Tim Jeal in Denbigh.

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