I love the Eisteddfod and really enjoyed as a child trying to enter the competitions and waiting for it to come to a town near me. This did not happen until I was more of an adult but the love of poetry and singing is very much in my heart. It is therefore great to see a young person winning the Welsh Learners Medal….keeping Welsh alive.
The number of visitors was up from 20,083 on the second day of competing in 2011, and bigger than Monday’s attendance figure despite the poorer weather.
But speaking before presenting Nia Haf Jones with the Welsh Learners’ Medal on the stage of the main pavilion, guest president and author Angharad Tomos spoke of her hopes for the future of the language.
“The Eisteddfod is good for giving children and young people confidence.
“But I’m not sure if they should put quite so much emphasis on competing.
“I know that that is the idea with an eisteddfod, but sometimes it would be nice to have a festival where the children of Wales could get together to play and discover things.”