: Eisteddfota: A superb venue, so do make the effort; Urdd views by Emyr Williams.
LAST year it was an Eisteddfod with a difference, a televised festival of limited competitions, a three-day event, with a small audience.
It was hailed a huge success, and is likely to lead to an Urdd festival on S4C in the late autumn targeted mainly at the older members of the movement. But here we are in Cardiff looking forward to what is expected to be a successful Urdd National Eisteddfod in the traditional sense of the word, with ample opportunities for the crowds to wander around the Maes at their leisure. There is no doubt that Cooper's Fields will turn out to be the ideal venue, and the hope is that many people will travel from North and Mid Wales to enjoy the event.
The location, close to Cardiff Castle, appears to be first class, the only worry, possibly, for the organisers being the parking arrangements, which mean that those arriving by car will have to park in public parks dotted around the city centre - and you will have to pay for parking as well!
The clear message is - please follow the signs to the car parks as near as possible to Cardiff Castle. There are bound to hiccups. There will be many, possibly, who have never visited Cardiff before and will find it difficult to get into the right lanes in the city centre. Keep your cool, and try to remember that this is an Eisteddfod in a city centre, with all its traffic pressures. There should not be any hold-ups getting out of the car parks, the secret being to try and avoid the rush-hour traffic in late afternoon. Members of the Welsh Language Society never miss a trick to draw attention to their various campaigns at the National Eisteddfod, and this week is no exception, for today they have arranged a visit by a very special guest. Their press release reveals that ``The Queen'' herself will attend today ``to celebrate her jubilee in style''. The celebration will take place in the Society's unit on the field, and during her visit ``The Queen'' will declare her support for a New Welsh Language Act and lead a deputation to the National Assembly's unit on the Maes. And before visiting the Assembly's unit, she will eat a special orange jelly prepared for her by Society members. This jelly, called Jelly Randerson, has been named after Jenny Randerson, the Minister with responsibility for the Welsh language. Yes, I did say they never miss a trick! On Friday the Society will hold a protest on the field calling for a New Welsh Language Act, before proceeding to the Aneurin Bevan monument in Queen Street, to highlight the lack of status that the Welsh language enjoys in Wales.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jun 3, 2002|
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