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Opening ceremony at Cardigan. Addresses by the Archdruid of Wales, the Mayor of the Town, and others, and a short choral programme by the Eisteddfod Choir. From the Pavilion, Cardigan
This great annual event is of course restricted by war conditions, but remains a focus of the patriotism and a symbol of the unity cf the Welsh people. Its origin is obscure, and some scholars believe it to date back beyond the Roman occupation of Britain, but authorities agree that Eistcddfodau have been held for at least fifteen centuries. The Royal National Eisteddfod is the culmination of the year's cultural activity throughout the country ; in trmes of peace each locality holds its own competition, in which amateur singers, violinists, pianists, poets, and dramatists are as it were ' seeded ' for further competitions in the larger towns by which means competitors are provided for the National Eisteddfod itself. To take part in the National event is the ambition of every musical and literary enthusiast ; normally, the proceedings last for a week ano attract an audience of
100.000 people.


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BBC Home Service Basic, 5 August 1942 10.30

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