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More than 147,000 people visited this year's National Eisteddfod

147,000 people attended this year's National Eisteddfod Credit: ITV Wales

More than 147,000 people attended this year's National Eisteddfod, despite problems caused by heavy rain and traffic hold-ups at the start of the week.

More than 20,000 were on the Maes on Anglesey on Saturday - the highest number for the final day in eight years.

There was bad weather earlier in the week Credit: ITV Wales

Organiser are now looking ahead to next year's event:

Next year we're going to be in Cardiff Bay, it's going to be different, but the idea is that we make it look like the Eisteddfod as it in in a field. So we use buildings that exist already, but also we'll build some buildings on in the area.

– Elen Elis, Organiser, Eisteddfod 2017



Campaign to turn woodland into WWI memorial

The new woodland could be created near Ffos Las. Credit: ITV Wales News

A new campaign has been launched at the National Eisteddfod to help Coed Cadw, The Woodland Trust, to buy a piece of land to create a new woodland to commemorate the Welsh soldiers who fought in the First World War.

The Trust is currently looking at purchasing 120 acres of land near Ffos Las and will need to raise enough money to buy it by the end of the month.

Rory Francis from Coed Cadw, The Woodland Trust in Wales, says the woodland would provide a place for people to remember those who fought in World War One for generations to come.

Open University launches Welsh language resources

The Open University in Wales says it's seeing more people, particularly adults wanting to study through the medium of Welsh. It says many are studying at partner universities like Bangor or Aberystwyth but are looking for more materials in Welsh. It has launched a website with free education resources through the medium of Welsh at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli today. The director of the OU in Wales says the organisation hand global reach.

First major Eisteddfod prize for series of 10 poems

The first of this year's major prizes at the National Eisteddfod has gone to one of the youngest ever winners. Guto Dafydd, 24, from Pwllheli won the Eisteddfod crown for a series of ten poems in free verse entitled "Tyfu" ("Growing"). The judges praised both the technical mastery of his poetry and the skilful way he mixed traditional and contemporary themes.

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