In spite of the weather, almost 400 local people attended a packed meeting at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron last night, to show their support for the National Eisteddfod’s visit to Ceredigion in two years time.
This was the first chance to hear more about the festival’s visit to the area for more than a quarter of a century – and its first visit ever to Tregaron – as well as to find out how they can become part of the team pulling everything together to ensure the success of the project and the festival, held from 1-8 August 2020.
Eisteddfod Organiser, Elen Elis, said, “The support locally has been fantastic. I’ve never seen so many people at a public meeting to support the Eisteddfod, so thank you very much for your enthusiasm and for coming along to the meeting in such awful weather.
“It’s always exciting to start on the Eisteddfod project in a new area, and I’m pleased that so many of those there last night were keen to join the team. There is a strong eisteddfod tradition in Ceredigion, and from seeing and speaking to those at the meeting, it’s clear that everyone’s ready for two years of work preparing for the Eisteddfod.
“We are very much looking forward to the journey together over the next few months, a journey which formally starts on Saturday 13 October, when we’ll start working on the list of competitions, and will elect the Executive Committee officials.
Nominations are already open, and all the information is available on the Eisteddfod website.
Ceredigion County Council Chief Executive, Eifion Evans, added, ““It was fantastic to see so many residents from all across the county attend the informative first meeting to welcome the 2020 National Eisteddfod to Ceredigion.
“From the enthusiasm and support that was seen in the meeting, it’s clear that this event will bring residents of all ages and backgrounds together, to be one inclusive community, proud to be a part of hosting the Eisteddfod in Ceredigion.”
For more information and to nominate Executive Committee officials, go to www.eisteddfod.wales. Those unable to attend the meeting last night can register their interest to get involved in the project online.