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Archive of the month: Llandudno Eisteddfod 1896

The Gorsedd ceremony to open the 1896 Eisteddfod at Llandudno was held in Happy Valley. The Archdruid for that year was Hwfa Môn (seen here standing on the Gorsedd stone). The banner was embroidered in gold with oak leaves, leeks and mistletoe. It comprised of a rampant dragon in the centre of a radiant sun and the Gorsedd mottoes : “In the light of the sun, the eye of light”, “The Truth against the World”

This year, the Eisteddfod is held in Denbigh, with the first female Archdruid leading the main ceremonies, Christine James.

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Publication date: 5 August 2013