DENBIGHSHIRE County Council would has congratulated children and young people from across the county for their success at this year’s Urdd Eisteddfod, with a difference.

The Eisteddfod was due to be hosted in Denbighshire this week during the half-term holidays, but Urdd officials made the decision to cancel this year’s formal event following the coronavirus outbreak. The event is now scheduled to be hosted in the county in May 2021.

However, organisers decided to host a virtual Eisteddfod - 'Eisteddfod T', with competitors invited to send in videos of themselves for a wide variety of competitions, including singing, recitation and dancing, as well as some newer competitions like impressions and miming to music.

A number of children and young people from Denbighshire entered and were successful. A video of a song performed by Denbighshire school pupils from the primary school show that should have been staged this month was also shared on social media during the week.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Children, Young People and Public Engagement, said: “We fully understand the Urdd’s decision to cancel this year’s event, in light of national guidelines and we look forward to working with organisers on the 2021 event.

“The idea of hosting a virtual Eisteddfod has been great and has captured the imagination of people right across Wales. We have seen a lot of entries from Denbighshire, with plenty of success for the county. It’s great that the county’s wealth of culture and talent is being recognised.

“We now turn our attention to next year’s event and work with organisers to arrange an Eisteddfod to remember.”

The above video was added to Eisteddfod yr Urdd's Facebook page with the comment: "Tonight would have been the Primary Show at the Denbighshire Urdd Eisteddfod, with 200 children representing 17 of the county's primary schools taking part. Here is a little piece of what would have been a very special show. Enjoy Mewn Undod Mae Nerth ('together stronger')."