SCORES of people had fun hunting for golden envelopes containing coveted free tickets to all the evening concerts at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

After waiting patiently, the big goldrush on the Eisteddfod field let everyone loose on Saturday (June 1) to frantically comb hedges, outbuildings and the “big tent” itself for 80 golden envelopes hidden earlier in the day by volunteers.

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They contained tickets to shows this month and next by everyone from Sir Tom Jones to Kathrine Jenkins and from Simple Minds to Madness.

The first set was discovered within just 20 seconds by a young lady who had the brainwave of looking underneath the first object she spotted inside the town-end gate – a plastic traffic cone – where she saw they had been taped.

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This find was followed by a procession of claimants which continued steadily until lunchtime.

People beamed with delight as they discovered that the unique treasure hunt organised by the Eisteddfod team had saved them hundreds of pounds.

In some cases whole families, complete with children and dogs, took part in the proceedings, many staying on the field for hours until they found what they were looking for.  

Eisteddfod vice-chairman John Gambles said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to join in the treasure hunt, making it a huge success. 

"This was our way of thanking Llangollen residents for all their support as we finish planning for our biggest ever festival.

“It turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable occasion and I was delighted to see many people going away very happy with their tickets to some of our biggest shows this summer.

“It also turned out to be a real community event of the kind we love to encourage at the Eisteddfod.

“I’d also like to thank the team of our volunteers who made the event possible.”