Hundreds of Anglesey residents came to Holyhead yesterday for the Proclamation of next year’s Anglesey National Eisteddfod.
With everything set-up in Holyhead Park for the open-air ceremony, the rain arrived at the end of the morning, forcing organisers to hold the ceremony in Holyhead High School hall.
The civic procession, which would have seen the Gorsedd of the Bards and representatives from local organisations and societies walk through the town, was unable to take place, but in spite of the weather, over 500 people crowded into the school hall for the ceremony.
The List of Competitions is published during the Proclamation ceremony, and once the List has been presented to the Archdruid, its contents become public. Discussing the list at the Eisteddfod’s Council meeting earlier in the day, local Executive Committee Chairman, Derec Llwyd Morgan, said, “This is the work of the subject committees, who have been meeting over the winter months.
“This is a list which should appeal to competitors across Wales, and I very much hope that its publication today is the start of months of activities across every artistic genre included in the List.”
As well as the Proclamation itself, Saturday was an important day for the Gorsedd of the Bards, with Christine James; period as Archdruid coming to an end and Geraint Llifon enthroned as the next Archdruid for the next three years.
Speaking during the ceremony, Geraint Llifon paid tribute to his predecessor, saying, “She has carried out all her duties with dignity, here and on the Pavilion stage. I can only strive to follow in her footsteps. Her legs are considerably longer than mine, and so one of her steps is the equivalent of three for me, and it will be a formidable task for me to follow her. But I’ll try my best to catch up. Thank you, Christine, on behalf of us all, for providing a feminine voice for us in the Gorsedd of these islands.”
This was his first duty as Archdruid, and he will be responsible for the Gorsedd ceremonies at the Eisteddfod in Monmouthshire this year.
The Anglesey List of Competitions is now available to buy in bookshops across Wales and online.
The Anglesey National Eisteddfod is held in Bodedern from 4-12 August 2017. For more information go to www.eisteddfod.wales/2017. A gallery of photos from the Proclamation is also available online.