The weather hasn’t been the best in Llangollen today but one thing’s for sure, a little bit of rain never dampens the spirits of the competitiors!
Having travelled all this way to get to the Eisteddfod – in some cases over 10,000 miles – nobody is going to let the weather spoil their day, and, boy, does the day start early here at the Eisteddfod.
At eight o’ clock this morning the maes was alive with the sounds of choirs warming their voices ahead of the first competition of the day, the Senior Childrens’ Choirs.
And the honour of being the first competitors at the 2012 Llangollen International Eisteddfod went to the Yale College Choir from the nearby town of Wrexham.
With 15 choirs competing, the competition was spread throughout the day meaning the last choir to sing, St Alban’s High School Choir, England came off stage almost seven hours after Yale College had got the competition underway!
In another heart warming story which is almost typical of Llangollen came in the Adult Folk Dance competition.
The Bursa Tahta Kirsn Kilic-Kalkan Folk Dance Group from Turkey were making their first appearance in Llangollen since 1960 when some of the present group’s grandfathers were dancing.
And of course, like every good story, there was a perfect ending as the group clinched the first prize to match their forefathers’ efforts!
Thursday will be just as busy on the maes with the Junior Childrens’ Choirs, Youth Choirs and the Children’s Folk Dance Groups taking their place on the pavilion stage.
Let’s just hope the weather is a little bit better …