Huge sup­port for Caernar­fon bid to stage Eisteddfod 2021

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

THERE was over­whelm­ing sup­port to stage the Na­tional Eisteddfod in the streets of Caernar­fon in 2021. Wales’ big­gest cul­tural fes­ti­val has al­ready been in­vited to the cas­tle town by the Royal Town Coun­cil and of­fi­cials or­gan­ised a pub­lic meeting to gauge pub­lic sup­port.

More than 100 peo­ple packed into the town coun­cil cham­ber to dis­cuss the pro­posal.

Ann Hop­cyn said the week-long event is due to be held in Gwynedd that year, but no de­ci­sion has been taken as to where the fes­ti­val will be staged.

She said: “Caernar­fon is one of the most Welsh towns and stag­ing the Eisteddfod in the town would be an op­por­tu­nity for us to share that Welsh pride with the rest of Wales.”

The Caernar­fon Town coun­cil­lor said the ini­tia­tive to stage the Eisteddfod in the town had come from the suc­cess­ful food fes­ti­val, which has been held an­nu­ally since 2016.

“It is an ex­cit­ing and lively fes­ti­val which at­tracted more than 35,000 peo­ple last May. It proves that Caernar­fon can host a big event.

“We know that the Eisteddfod is a big­ger event that goes on for longer but we are con­fi­dent Caernar­fon can rise to the chal­lenge.”

Cllr Ioan Thomas, who was Mayor last May, said he met the Eisteddfod of­fi­cials and ac­com­pa­nied them on a tour of the town.

“We knew the Eisteddfod was to be staged in Cardiff Bay this year and we in­vited Eisteddfod of­fi­cials to at­tend the food fes­ti­val so they could see for them­selves.

“They toured the town and saw the crowds of peo­ple and we dis­cussed the var­i­ous build­ings that are avail­able and which build­ings may be needed to be sited.”

He said it was likely a pavil­ion would need to be erected and pos­si­ble sites were dis­cussed.

Ann Hop­cyn added there were sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges ahead but was con­fi­dent they could be met and over­come.

“The town coun­cil are anx­ious to stage a fes­ti­val that is open to all,” she said.

Some of the peo­ple at the meeting were keen to see the en­tire area wel­come the fes­ti­val while oth­ers warned against putting too much em­pha­sis on a street fes­ti­val.

After fur­ther dis­cus­sion the meeting agreed, in prin­ci­ple, to sup­port the idea of stag­ing the Eisteddfod in the town and fur­ther work will be done to iden­tify build­ings and sites which can be used to host Eisteddfod events.

● Cllr Ann Hop­kin chaired the meeting in Caernar­fon

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