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Chairing ceremony 2011

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Dan Williams Dan Williams | 16:30 UK time, Friday, 5 August 2011

Wrexham Eisteddfodau have a strange habit of producing double winners. TH Parry Williams in 1912, and Donald Evans in 1977, both won the Crown and the Chair at Wrexham. Amazingly, they both completed the double twice in their careers. Could Geraint Lloyd Owen join their illustrious company?

This year the Chair is offered for a poem, or a series of poems in full cynghanedd (strict metre) not exceeding 250 lines on the topic 'Boundary'.

The National Eisteddfod for Wales Wrexham and District Chair 2011

The National Eisteddfod for Wales Wrexham and District Chair

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16:36 - For the final time this week the state trumpet is sounded to call the gorsedd procession into the pavilion led by the herald bard, followed by the bards/druids in their white robes. Each colour denotes a particular rank. The procession is made up of poets, writers, musicians, artists and people that have made a distinct contribution to the Welsh nation, language and culture.

Robin o Fôn, best known as Robin McBride the rugby player and the keeper of the sword walks with the sword of peace.

16:40 - The Archdruid brings our attention to 3 chairs that appear on the stage. T.H.Parry Williams' chair from 1912, the first to win the double (the Crown and the Chair), Donald Evans' chair from 1977. Both of them winning at the Wrexham Eisteddfod. And the 2011 chair soon to be awarded (hopefully!).

16:44 - The trumpeters, Dewi Corn a Paul Corn Cynan sound the state trumpet four times for all four corners of the pavilion to stand, followed by Mei Plas offering the gorsedd prayer.

This year’s chair was created by Dilwyn Jones following a creative input from students at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

16:48 - The Archdruid invites the three adjudicators, Emyr Lewis, Donald Evans and Gruffydd Aled Williams on to the stage, with the adjudication being delivered by Emyr Lewis on behalf of his fellow adjudicators.

Donald Evans won the double when the Eisteddfod was last held in Wrexham in 1977.

16:59 - The Archdruid thanks the adjudicators and when the state trumpet sounds asks that ‘Penrhynwr’ and only ‘Penrhynwr’ to stand. The lights dim in the Pavilion and a spotlight searches the audience for the winner.

A man stands in the crowd.

 

A man stand in the crowd.

A man stand in the crowd.

17:01 - ‘Penrhynwr’ makes his way to the stage.

 

'Penrhynwr' makes his way to the stage.

‘Penrhynwr’ makes his way to the stage.

17:03 - The Archdruid announces the bard to be Rhys Iorwerth of Cardiff.

 

The Archdruid announces the bard to be Rhys Iorwerth of Cardiff.

The Archdruid announces the bard to be Rhys Iorwerth of Cardiff.

17:07 - The sword of Peace is raised above his head before the Archdruid asks the audience three times 'Is there peace?' before asking the newly appointed bard to sit in

 

17:11 - The chairing song is sung by Huw Euron followed by the flower dance and the Welsh National Anthem.

 

Rhys Iorwerth looks on.

Rhys Iorwerth looks on.

 

17:13 - The bard is greeted by Tudur Hallam, last year’s Chair winner and Tegwyn Jones.

17:17 - The masters of the court present the horn of plenty where they are offered to drink welcoming wine from the district.

 

The masters of the court present the horn of plenty where they are offered to drink welcoming wine from the district.

 

A floral tribute of wild Welsh flowers is now presented by the maids of the court.

 

The Archdruid congratulates Rhys on his accomplishment.

The Archdruid congratulates Rhys on his accomplishment.

17:21 - The Archdruid brings the procession to a close with the Welsh National Anthem.

As the procession leaves the stage and the pavilion Sian Aman, who has be Meistress y Gwisgoedd (Mistress of the robes) for 27 years, takes a bow as it's her final time in the role. She is clearly emotional.

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To watch the Chairing ceremony again, as well as highlights from the rest  of the competitions, you can go to the Results section on our Eisteddfod site.

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