The number of applications from Gorsedd members to be part of the Chairing ceremony at this year’s Eisteddfod means that the Pavilion stage is full, and registrations for the Friday afternoon session are now closed.
Members register beforehand for Gorsedd activities at the Eisteddfod every year, and according to Gorsedd Herald Bard, Dyfrig ab Ifor, this year’s response is unprecedented, and he says, “The Chairing ceremony is always the most popular event during the week, but the number of Gorsedd members registering this year has been fantastic, I’ve been involved with the Gorsedd for many years, and I’ve never seen such interest and excitement with two months to go before a ceremony. The fact that we’ve filled a ceremony two weeks before the Proclamation is unbelievable.”
“People have been asking why this year is so special. There’s been a buzz regarding the Anglesey Eisteddfod since the very beginning. We saw that with the rush for caravan pitches, the speed at which some of the evening concerts sold out and in the number of competitors.
“And, of course, this year’s Chairing ceremony is very symbolic here in Wales. This is the centenary of the Black Chair, exactly a century since the Birkenhead Eisteddfod, the loss of Hedd Wyn and the nation’s grief. I’m sure many of our members feel compelled to be part of the ceremony a hundred years later.
“With the Chairing ceremony now full, members will now be registering for the other ceremonies, and we urge anyone to be quick – these are getting full as well. So, the message is simple – Gorsedd members – register straight away to be involved during Eisteddfod week.
“And then, we can all look forward to the Eisteddfod, hoping we’ll see worthy winners in each of the ceremonies, and that the Gorsedd will be able to celebrate success with the rest of Wales from a very full Pavilion stage!”
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August. For more information go to www.eisteddfod.wales.