Kids get history lesson from Welsh prince
LORD Rhys has been spotted in Cilgerran Castle for the first time in eight centuries, and he's giving local school children a history lesson.
The Teifi Valley castle was transformed into a classroom by a new scheme called Mewn Cymeriad/In Character — a one man show teaching kids in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire about historical figures.
Characters from Welsh history are brought to life by actors in an attempt to give children a better understanding of their tales. The show, which is sponsored by Cadw, is the brainchild of former head of marketing and events at S4C, Eleri Twynog Davies.
She said: "Lord Rhys is a great character to launch the company.
"I was part of the children's pageant back in 1976 to celebrate the National Eisteddfod's visit to Cardigan. It was all about Lord Rhys's first Eisteddfod in 1176 — a story I will never forget.
"I hope Lord Rhys — Saviour of Deheubarth, will inspire today's children in the same way."
Lord Rhys is best known for organising the first known Eisteddfod but he is also remembered for battling the Normans and regaining Welsh control of most of South West Wales.
Adrienne Wood, Cadw's lifelong learning manager said: "This is such a good way to engage and inspire children, and introduce them to their heritage, and all within the amazing setting of Cilgerran Castle."
The show will be visiting more than 40 schools across South West Wales over a period of six weeks, teaching kids about other famous personalities from Welsh history and folklore.
The hope is that Mewn Cymeriad/In Character will help stimulate in interest in history among the area's children.