Urdd Eisteddfod organisers celebrated their biggest crowds in four years as a week of competition and celebration came to an end in Flint.
90,316 visited the Maes at Flint High School over six days – including the biggest one-day attendance (over 20,500) since the festival was held in Glynllifon in 2012.
Among some of the key numbers this week:
- There were over 15,000 competitors and 200 volunteering stewards on-site over the week.
- Seven staff overseeing the preliminary heats to the Pavilion competitions clocked up 924,000 steps during the six days – the equivalent of 438 miles.
- Over 20,000 people downloaded the Eisteddfod yr Urdd app – which included 8,800 videos.
- 8,116 tweets were sent using the hashtag #urdd2016 – which had 2.3 million impressions.
- Over 3,000 children built sandcastles in the ‘Bae Trecco’ sandpit organised by staff overseeing next year’s event in Bridgend Taff-Ely.
- Around £2,800 was rasied towards the 2017 Eisteddfod yr Urdd.
- 100kg of colesaw, 120kg of tomatoes and 270kg of potatoes were consumed in Caffi Mistar Urdd, where the best sellers were salads and jacket potatoes.
- In the sports area, over 11,000 arrows were aimed in the archery stand organised by staff from the Urdd’s Llangrannog centre, while 800 children took the penalty shoot-out challenge.
- The rowing machine in Pentre Mistar Urdd was used to travel 394km.
- 635 hoodies and 514 mini Mistar Urdd cuddly toys were sold.
- Merched y Wawr raised £1500 selling second hand accessories for the British Heart Foundation – they have now raised £18,000 in 18 months.
- 400 tons of gravel and 50 miles of cabling were used to help build the Maes in Flint.
- It took six weeks and 150 workers to construct the site – and it will now take 10 days to take it all down.
Sioned Hughes, marking her first Eisteddfod as Urdd’s Chief Executive, said: ”We’ve had such a welcome, the weather has been glorious and the staff and volunteers have worked together brilliantly. By working as one big team, we have offered something truly special and unique which celebrates the Welsh language and our talented children and young people. Doing so in an area which is on the Welsh border where the Welsh language is considered a minority language means a lot.”
Jeremy Griffiths, the chair of the Flintshire executive committee, added: ”I’ve been on cloud nine all week. It’s been great and it amazes me how many people that I don’t know have congratulated me on the local committee’s work…if I had to choose a highlight, it would have to be the musicals staged by the local children and young people – Herspre and Fflamau Fflint. It was quite emotional to see Flintshire children delivering shows of such a high professional standard. All I can do now is wish the local team in Bridgend Taff-Ely all the best when the Eisteddfod visits their area in 2017.”
For more on this year’s Urdd National Eisteddfod, visit our Sounds of the Maes page for reports and interviews or look at the full list of local results for the North Wales Coast and the Vale of Clwyd.