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Saturday, 3 June, 2000, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Urdd is 'best for 10 years'
Maes, Urdd Eisteddfod
Thousands of visitors enjoyed the Urdd
Organisers of this year's Urdd Eisteddfod in north Wales claim the festival has been a resounding success.

An estimated 110, 000 people are thought to have visited the site near Penrhyn Bay during the past week - 10% more than anticipated.

The total is the best attendance figure for 10 years at the Urdd.

Officials also said they are confident this year's event - which cost 1.4m to stage - will not go into the red financially.


Ioan Gruffudd
Past performers include Ioan Gruffudd
It is claimed that the eisteddfod has created around 2m for the local ecomomy.

Bookings in local hotels and guest houses were reported to be 15% up on what they would usually be at this time of year.

The Urdd Eisteddfod will visit the area again in two years time when it will be held at The North Wales Theatre in Llandudno.

Ifor Glyn Evans,chairman of the executive committee, said the eisteddfod had been outstanding and it would be welcomed again to the area in 2002.

The event - one of the largest of its kind in Europe - saw children competing for top prizes in categories ranging from singing, dance, music and poetry.

Festival organiser Deian Creunant said it was a special moment for the youngsters who reached the stage and received the Urdd's top prizes.

Past performers at the Urdd have included opera singer Bryn Terfel, actress Nia Roberts and actor Ioan Gruffudd.

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