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ERYRI’S young farm­ers de­liv­ered a poignant re­tort to coun­cil fund cut­ters by win­ning this year’s Wales YFC Eisteddfod for the first time in eight years.

The fed­er­a­tion won the YFC Eisteddfod the last time it was held at Venue Cymru, Llan­dudno, in 2009, and it re­peated the achieve­ment on Satur­day on a night of un­bri­dled joy.

Cl­wyd’s young farm­ers were also on a high af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the over­all stand­ings – its best re­sult at the Eisteddfod for 15 years.

In ad­di­tion the county fielded the Chair win­ner, Uwchaled Club mem­ber Lly­wela Siriol Ed­wards, a sec­ond year law student at Cardiff Univer­sity.

Lly­wela, from Pen­tre Draw, Pen­trel­lyn­cymer, duly took her place on the Chair, made by Ys­byty Ifan young farmer Gethin Pyrs and sponsored by Mid Gwynedd NFU.

Cl­wyd also boasted the day’s best solo music per­former, Sion Eilir Roberts of Ruthin YFC, who claimed the Ar­dudwy Cup. Re­claim­ing her Crown, as the event’s prose win­ner, was Pem­brokeshire YFC’s Naiomi Ni­cholas, a Welsh and Drama student at Aberys­t­wyth Univer­sity who is train­ing to be a teacher.

The crown was crafted by for­mer Rowen YFC mem­ber Lowri Wyn and sponsored by Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park.

To cap an al­most perfect night for Eryri, the event’s or­gan­is­ers, it also won the Choir com­pe­ti­tion, its 102 mem­bers from eight clubs col­lect­ing the Vale of Towy Cup for the first time since the late 1980s.

The county claimed three more ac­co­lades: the Dyf­fryn Nantlle Shield for the Cerdd Dant, the Elonwy Phillips Tro­phy for the stage sec­tion, and the Men­ter Iaith Sir Ben­fro Chal­lenge Tro­phy, for the best two voice party, se­cured by Dyf­fryn Madog YFC.

“Go­ing into the event, you just hope the mem­bers will per­form at their best, that’s all you can ask,” said Eryri county or­gan­iser Eleri Evans.

“To win the choir com­pe­ti­tion made my day and over­all vic­tory was the ic­ing on the cake.

“We’ve spent 18 months pre­par­ing for this event and I’m so happy that all the hard work has paid off.”

The event, which show­cased a cross-sec­tion of stun­ning tal­ents, un­der­lined the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion young farm­ers make to Welsh cul­tural tra­di­tions.

Yet YFC fed­er­a­tions in North Wales find them­selves un­der threat from the po­ten­tial with­drawal of county coun­cil fund­ing.

Be­tween them, Meiri­on­nydd and Eryri stand to lose £35,000- a-year from Gwynedd Coun­cil, the for­mer tak­ing the big­ger hit as Eryri also receives find­ing from Conwy Coun­cil.

How­ever Conwy’s cash is also due to van­ish next May in a de­ci­sion that will also af­fect Cl­wyd YFC.

Over­all it means Meiri­on­nydd’s in­come could fall by £21,000, and Eryri’s by around £17,500.

“I hope some coun­cil­lors were watch­ing the Eisteddfod on Satur­day night to see how their money is be­ing used to ben­e­fit young farm­ers, and what could be lost,” added Eleri.

The Eisteddfod was held at Venue Cymru to ac­com­mo­date its 800 YFC com­peti­tors.

Flaw­lessly run and fin­ish­ing on sched­ule, the Ceredi­gion and Car­marthen­shire fed­er­a­tions fin­ished joint third.

This year a new Drama Tro­phy, for the best pro­duc­tion, was awarded by Mair Parry and Elin Jones in mem­ory of their father, Will S Jones (Wil Sam), Llanymstundwy.

Made by his grand­son, Gwyn Eid­dor, it was pre­sented by the fam­ily to the in­au­gu­ral win­ner, Elin Jones from Llan­wenog YFC.

Eisteddfod chair­man Bethan Wyn Wil­liams said: “We had a very en­ter­tain­ing and ex­pe­di­ent Eisteddfod fol­low­ing months of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tions.”

Modlen Alun from Eryri YFC who came sec­ond in the Solo from a mu­si­cal or a film

Erin Dwyfor Roberts from Eryri YFC who won the hu­mor­ous recita­tion 26 and un­der

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