Wrexham has experienced what has been described as “a triumph” of an Eisteddfod so far with crowds of about 20,000 people per day gathered to enjoy activities and spectacular performances.
Crowds flocked to see the Big Pavilion play host to the opening performances of the Welsh Three Tenors; Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall and Alun Rhys-Jenkins, alongside many other singers and songwriters including performers from Wrexham’s Ysgol Morgan Llywd.
Helping to increase the bumper ticket sales, the Welsh Assembly Government has also provided a subsidy of £25,000 to allow the National Eisteddfod to offer 10,000 two for one tickets across the opening weekend, which were all taken up quickly by local residents.
Attendance figures have again been high today and were estimated at 20,898 earlier this afternoon by an Eisteddfod source on Twitter. Crowds will no doubt have been bolstered by the warm weather in town with temperatures reaching a peak of 26.1C according to Wrexham.com’s weather station.
Speaking of her experiences of the festival so far, Honorary President of this year’s Eisteddfod, AM Lesley Griffiths said:
“I believe the opening weekend alone can justifiably be called a triumph for Wrexham. The performances were truly amazing, launching the event off to the dazzling start.
“It was good to see large numbers of people from Wrexham in attendance, helping to bolster the already large crowds. This was in part thanks to the help of the Welsh Government in helping to provide two for one ticket subsidy.
“However the organisers must take credit for bringing things together once again in such spectacular fashion. I spoke to National Eisteddfod Chief Executive Elfed Roberts in the run up to this event – he and his team must be congratulated on putting together another great showcase for Welsh cultural life and talent, of which Wrexham should be proud.”
“I look forward to the rest of the week, and hope everyone who has not been already can come along and enjoy the atmosphere.”
Events will be on at the Eisteddfod every day this week until the grand closing ceremony on Saturday. Entry in the day costs £17 for adults, £15 for pensioners, £10 for children over 12 and students under 21 yrs, £5 for children between 5 and 12 yrs and free for children under 5 years old. After 4pm tickets are reduced to £5 for anyone over 12 years old and £2 for 5-12 year olds.
Shuttle buses are available to ferry visitors to the Eisteddfod site from Wrexham bus station and Wrexham General Railway Station.
For further information on the Eisteddfod visit http://www.eisteddfod.org.uk/