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High Hopes For Hugh in Welsh Learner of The Year Final

A local student who has been attending Learn Welsh classes at Coleg Cambria has reached the 2017 Welsh Learner of the Year final.

Hugh Brightwell, who lives in Ellesmere Port, started learning Welsh as he and his wife Gilly spoke about moving to Wales. As he began learning, he became very interested in Welsh history and culture.

Hugh who attends Welsh classes at Coleg Cambria has followed online courses, and attends more than one class every week, also enjoys taking part in any Welsh activities in his spare time. Over the years he has also written stories and jokes in Welsh.

Coleg Cambria, in partnership with Popeth Cymraeg, delivers Welsh language courses in Wrexham, Flint and Denbigh on behalf of the National Centre for Learning Welsh.

Hugh said: “I’ve enjoyed my experiences learning Welsh and understanding its history and culture. It was a great shock when I was told that I was in the final four of the 2017 Welsh Learner of the Year as the standard of the other competitors was so high.

“I will now be going to the final and although a bit nervous I am thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.”

Hugh will find out his fate during Anglesey National Eisteddfod in August.

More information about Learn Welsh classes in your area can be found here.

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