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Crowning Ceremony, Newport, 2004

Extracts from the ceremonies to welcome representatives of the Celtic Gorseddau and to Crown the winning poet at the Newport and District National Eisteddfod, 2004. Dr Jason Walford Davies of Bangor was the crowned poet.

Extracts from the cremenoies to welcome representatives of the Celtic Gorseddau and to Crown the winning poet at the Newport and District National Eisteddfod, 2004. Dr Jason Walford Davies of Bangor was the crowned poet for a poem on the topic 'Energy'. The Archdruid was Robyn Llŷn; the Recorder: Jâms Niclas; the Herald Bard: Dyfrig ab Ifor; the Beraer of the Grand Sword: Ray o'r Mynydd; the trumpeters: Dewi Griffith and Paul Hughes; the presenter of the Hirlas Horn (Horn of Plenty): Diane Ebo; the presenter of the Blodeuged (gift of flowers): Eleri Mai Hallett. The Crown was made by Helga Prosser.

Text of extract:
Presentation of Celtic Gorseddau:

'Venerable Archdruid, once more we have representatives of the Celtic festivals and Gorseddau with us. Do you wish to receive them now?'

'I do, gladly.'

'Venerable Archdruid, from Brittany: Calon Brezilien a Genc'hlan.'

The Archdruid greets the representatives in Breton and says 'Welcome and thanks'

'From Cornwall, The Grand Bard and Merch Casnewydd'

Again the Archdruid greets them in Cornish and says 'Welcome and thank you for coming'.

The Archdruid explains the regalia:

'This year too, the Archdruid's robe, the Breastplate, the Sceptre, the Crown and Cynan's Ring have been refurbished and the Stola is also new'.

'We'll move on now to the Crowning ceremony. The Crown competition in the Newport and District National Eisteddfod asked for a poem or a sequence of poems not all in strict metre not over 200 lines on the theme, 'Energy''.

'Therefore let 'Brynach' stand - let the trumpets sound:'

'And I can now announce that Dr Jason Walford Davies, this new young competitor, I almost called him 'this lad', is the crowned bard in the Newport and District National Eisteddfod 2004'.

The presentation of the Hirlas Horn (Horn of Plenty):

'In the name of the homes of Newport and District prithee drink of the wine of our welcome to the Gorsedd and the Eisteddfod'

The presentation of the Blodeuged (gift of flowers):

In the name of the maidens of our country, prithee accept this Blodeuged from the land and earth of Wales'.

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