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National Trust to host 2010 Urdd

Llanerchaeron (picture: National Trust)
The Llanerchaeron estate was designed and built by John Nash in 1790

A National Trust estate in Ceredigion is to host the Urdd Eisteddfod in 2010.

Officials said Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, had been selected from a list of 11 possible venues for the Welsh language cultural festival.

The Urdd Eisteddfod is one of Europe's largest youth events and sees youngsters compete for honours in drama, music, dance and literature.

The Llanerchaeron estate was designed and built by the renowned architect John Nash in 1790.

Born in London, Nash was responsible for most of Regency London, drawing up plans for Marble Arch and Regent's Park and the remodelling of Buckingham Palace.

The eisteddfod's organisers said it would be the fifth time the event had visited Ceredigion. It has previously been held twice in Aberystwyth and twice in Lampeter.

"The site within the estate is a splendid location and I'm convinced that this excellent location will be a major contribution to the overall success of the festival in 2010," said Aled Sion, director of the eisteddfod.

National Trust director for Wales Iwan Huws said it was "an honour for us to be able to welcome and stage such a prestigious event".

An estimated 40,000 young people took part in competitions at this year's Urdd Eisteddfod in Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno.

The event will be staged in Cardiff in 2009.

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