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TARDIS Heralds Eisteddfod

The Urdd National Eisteddfod has opened in Cardiff, offering 15,000 competitors between five and 25, the chance to perform for prizes in singing, dancing, recital, art, prose and other events – and the event has been declared open by the presence of the TARDIS on the roof of the Wales Millennium Centre!

The Police Box prop was transported onto the venue on Sunday – where it will remain throughout the weeke – before crowds of onlookers that measured a fraction of the 100,000 visitors from across Wales expected over the next week to enjoy and compete in the events.

Aled Sion – director of the Urdd National Esiteddfod – explains the importance of the Millenium Centre to the eisteddfod:

“It’s a great achievement that we can do it in the WMC let alone the Senedd. What other nation would let a youth organisation take over its best stage and its government building for a whole week?”

Sadly due to funding arrangements this will be the last time the event takes place in Cardiff for some time. In the meantime all the very best wishes to everyone taking part in events at the Urdd!

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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