THE coronavirus pandemic has caused issues for many individuals, organisations and businesses across the country, none less than the Llangollen Eisteddfod.

Earlier this year, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (LIME) officials said they will 'adapt the format of the event' after they suspended the traditional live competition strands for 2021.

The decision comes following the continuing uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, the pandemic has been 'devastating' for the organisation and as a result, they have had no option but to review costs to safeguard the future of the Eisteddfod

A redundancy process has been carried out, involving the restructuring of the staff team of six. Two roles have been filled and a further role will be advertised 'in the next week'.

These changes have been said to reflect the current needs of the organisation in light of the reduced workload and changing circumstances.

A spokesman said: "The impact of the pandemic has been devastating for us as an organisation. We had no other option but to review our costs and re-structure to safeguard the future of the Eisteddfod.  

"It must be emphasised that the cuts are in no way a reflection of the standard of work or dedication of our staff. It follows the financial situation that has arisen following the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Our Board have been cautious in our discussions, ensuring that we have looked at every possible source of funding to safeguard as much of the workforce as possible.

"We have managed to maintain a core staff team to oversee key areas of work over the next year until we’re in a position to rebuild."