A public meeting has unanimously backed plans to host the 2020 Urdd National Eisteddfod in Denbigh.
Around 200 people attended a town hall meeting on Wednesday night after Urdd Gobaith Cymru announced it wanted to bring Europe’s biggest youth festival back to Denbighshire for the first time since Ruthin 2006.
A formal invitation will now be made for the Urdd to host the 2020 festival at Kilford Farm on the outskirts of Denbigh – the same venue where the National Eisteddfod took place in 2001 and 2013.
It will mark the first time the Urdd Eisteddfod has been held in the town – the festival committees will be set up at a further meeting at Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph in September.
Denbighshire County Council leader Hugh Evans said: ”Now, we have a great opportunity to work together to arrange an Eisteddfod to remember. The council has already been involved in discussions with the Urdd, and fully supports the idea of the Eisteddfod returning to the county.”
The next two years will see the event held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd and at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. Last year’s Eisteddfod in Flint attracted 90,000 visitors – with a similar number attending this year’s event at Pencoed on the outskirts of Bridgend.