Llangollen town looks set to honour the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfods 65th Anniversary by erecting a ‘Hollywood Style Sign’ in the Beautiful and Iconic Hills over looking the Festival Site.
Last night (31st March) the council’s planning applications sub committee gave the go ahead for a £500,000 sign to be built in the breathtaking vista above Llangollen town amongst the Berwyn Mountains. The sign will mark the council’s gratitude to thousands of competitors and visitors the Eisteddfod brings to Llangollen each year.
Cllr. Joe King deputy chairperson of Llangollen Town’s planning applications secondary sub committee, said: “This new landmark for Llangollen is a fitting tribute and celebration of the millions of people who have visited the Llangollen Eisteddfod over the last 65 years.” Cllr. King went on to say “It is a sign of this county’s gratitude to these exceptional people who organize the Eisteddfod year after year and it will stand as an iconic Welsh monument marking how music and culture can bring people from all walks of life and all nations together.”
The proposal is promoted by the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and Mervyn Cousins, Chief Executive of the Eisteddfod was thrilled by the result. “Some members of the board we’re worried that we might have opposition to the sign from some locals, but it just goes to show that yet again, this small town can pull together and make a big difference.” Local shopkeeper Faye Kinnit, who helped the campaign for the sign has said “I grew up wanting to live in Hollywood, but with all the global superstars who come to Llangollen every year there’s never been a need for me to make the move. It’s only fitting that the sign has been approved.”
This years music festivals has attracted a host of stars including McFly, Russell Watson, Lulu and Julian Lloyd-Webber. There will also be over five thousand singers, dancers and instrumentalists from around 50 countries perform to audiences of more than 100,000 over the 7 days of the event.