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Letter: Always welcoming.

Byline: J CYRIL HUGHES

SIR - Ian Hughes (Western Mail, August 14) claims to have met stewards "stuck in a time-warp" and of "surly demeanour" at the recent Cardiff National Eisteddfod. I find this very strange.

In 50 years of unbroken attendance at our premier national festival, I have never come across such an unpleasant person, although there may well be the odd exception. In my experience, I have always found the stewards to be helpful and friendly whatever the circumstances and however grumpy some of their customers may feel.

All eisteddfodwyr, be they old hands or newcomers, owe such a lot to these voluntary workers who facilitate the smooth running of what is by now a large and multi-faceted organisation. Where would we be without them? They deserve our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation, not snide remarks. Mr Hughes may or may not be wearing a steward's vest at Bala next year. The army of stalwarts of many years' experience will be there making the Eisteddfod that little bit more pleasurable for the rest of us. On reflection, your correspondent may well wish to apologise unreservedly to a loyal band of volunteers whose feelings he has almost certainly hurt.

J CYRIL HUGHES Gistfaen, Pentyrch
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 20, 2008
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