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A good day of competing

It was a day to remember for Seindorf Beaumaris Band on the opening morning of competition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Bodedern, Anglese as the Band secured two first prizes.

The day started with the Youth Band competing in the Fourth Section under the baton of Gwyn Evans, before Gwyn grabbed his cornet and joined the Senior Band under Morten Hansen to clinch the Third Section trophy.

This is the first time Beaumaris have competed at the Eisteddfod since winning the Championship Section at the Bala National Eisteddfod in 2009, but with the Eisteddfod in their own back yard the Band were determined to make their mark.

"We were determined to compete seeing as the Eisteddfod was coming to Anglesey," explained Gwyn Evans. "And our good friend Morten Hansen from Norway wanted a taste of the Eisteddfod so we thought it would be a great idea for him to conduct on the festival stage."

"Winning one trophy is a reason to celebrate, but winning two is very special," he added.

"Having the youngsters competing in the morning before the older members of the Youth Band joined their tutors to compete in the Third Section was very emotional," said the Band's Contest Secretary, Gary Pritchard.

"It embodies the ethos of Seindorf Beaumaris Band, which is to build a strong foundation with our youth sections and encourage them to perform."

Following the success there was quite a celebration on the Eisteddfod Maes with two trophies securing the ideal start to their home Eisteddfod for this group o Monwysion.


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