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Breeder honoured at show.

A CHAMPION breeder has been honoured after first competing at the Royal Welsh Show almost three-quarters of a century ago.

Ellis Lloyd, 91, will be the evening's president at a fundraising concert at the Rhug estate, Corwen, organised by RWAS Clwyd for this year's Royal Welsh Show.

The concert, featuring popular Welsh language vocalists and musicians, is part of a major three-day festival at the estate on the weekend of June 6-8.

Mr Lloyd, married to Eda, of Garthiaen, Llandrillo, made his Royal Welsh debut as an 18 year-old competing in the hand-shearing event in Machynlleth.

"He was one of three brothers and one of them beat him in the competition," said son Huw.

As a breeder of Speckled Face sheep and commercial cattle, he went on to claim numerous section and supreme titles at Llanelwedd - a tradition continued by sons Huw and Bryn, and his granddaughters.

He is originally from Cwmtirmynach, Bala.

"I've been a supporter of the show for well over 60 years and have judged there on three occasions," he said.

"So it was a great honour to be invited to be grand concert president at Rhug."

The Friday night concert will be compered by Ruthin auctioneer Glyn Owen.

Tickets are pounds 10 adults, pounds 3 children.

Saturday is aimed at families, with vintage tractors and helicopter rides. Evening concert tickets pounds 7.

A car boot sale is being held on Sunday, climaxing with a Welsh hymn singing concert with Trebor Edwards and Bro Gwerfyl Choir.

Camping and caravan pitches are pounds 10.

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