Welsh Office Minister David Jones has visited the Urdd Eisteddfod, which is this year being held in Llanerchaeron near Aberaeron.
Mr Jones joined the thousands of visitors at the Maes during the week long celebration of the Welsh language, culture and the Arts. The seaside town of Aberaeron is preparing for a boom in trade following the extra visitors attracted to the area by the event.
Mr Jones attended the chairing ceremony, which was won by Llyr Gwyn Lewis from Caernarfon.
Speaking following the visit Mr Jones said: “I am delighted to be visiting this year’s Urdd Eisteddfod, which will again showcase Wales’ wealth of culture. The Urdd plays an important role in promoting Wales, its language and the Arts and I’m sure this year’s festival in Llanerchaeron will be a great success.
“Over 100,000 visitors are expected in the area this week and with estimates that the Eisteddfod is worth £6m to the local economy, I’m sure this will be a welcome boost to the area. The Urdd gives young people a fantastic opportunity to showcase their talent from an early age whilst also providing families with a great day out during the half term break.”