Towns bidding to stage Eisteddfod ceremony
A SHORTLIST of towns and venues in the running to host the proclamation ceremony of the 2014 National Eisteddfod has been drawn up.
Carmarthenshire will see Llanelli host the Eisteddfod at the town's Festival Fields at the Millennium Coastal Park, from August 1-9.
However, this summer one town will host the proclamation ceremony on Saturday, June 29, to officially announce the Eisteddfod.
A shortlist has been drawn up that includes Carmarthen, Ammanford, Llandeilo, Llandybie and the National Botanic Garden at Llanarthne.
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Organiser Hywel Wyn Edwards said: "We will be discussing the shortlist this week and a decision is expected next week on the host town for the proclamation day.
"We decided that it should not be held in Llanelli because that is where the Eisteddfod itself will be, so we are looking elsewhere across the county.
"A decision will be made by the end of the month."
The chosen community will create a hive of activity with a procession of the Gorsedd druids and local schools and community groups getting involved.
While no decision has been made, traders in Carmarthen were told about the possibility of the celebration coming to the town at a meeting of the chamber of trade and commerce on Wednesday.
Town and county councillor Peter Hughes Griffiths said he would be taking Mr Edwards around the town soon as part of the selection process.
Mr Hughes Griffiths said: "There would be a procession through Carmarthen and a ceremony in the park where the Gorsedd Stones are.
"It would get the whole town involved, it would be very colourful."
Traders welcomed the talks and hoped Carmarthen would become the venue for the prestigious and historic event.
The National Eisteddfod itself was last held in Carmarthen in 1974 on land near Glangwili Hospital that has now been developed.