Llangollen International Eisteddfod

Rotary District 1180 showcase to the world

Sunshine, music and friendship.What more can anyone want?Another sunny July at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod where Rotary International in the presence of our District 1180 meets the rest of the world in glorious technicolour.

This year one of our first visitors to our stand was a young Rotarian from Japan.This was followed by a stream of visitors from all over the UK and other parts of the world.We had some lovely young ladies call in to see us from Georgia USA who were on an exchange visit hosted by Wrexham Erddig club.

A special thanks must go to Chris and Alan Thorpe from District 1150 for bringing up the display on Lifestraws all the way from South Wales.  It was so much of a success that we even managed to get television coverage on S4c thanks to the efforts of Robert and Eirian Jones and Peter and Linda Brayshaw from Bangor Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs.

We had a return visit from a little girl called Glesni from Dubai who became our front cover on the Rotary magazine three years ago when she first visited.

Visitors to our stand  included the Chairman of Denbigh County Council,  Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones and MP for Clwyd South, Susan Elan Jones who has very kindly offered support.

On Thursday we had the traditional Rotary lunch hosted by President Nigel and the members of the Rotary Club of Llangollen and we were delighted to share the day with our own District Governor Les Wilson and his wife Pat, and Rotary International Britain & Ireland President Peter King and his wife Di.

The Rotary stand was a great success and in no small way due to the efforts of the volunteers from clubs all around our District in Rotary and Inner Wheel. More teachers, children and parents are now aware of what Rotary can achieve with the help of the great British public.More funds will be raised for projects like End Polio Now, Shelterbox, Aquabox and Lifestraws.

All of this is surrounded by singers, dancers and musicians from all over the world taking part in the competitions.The colourful national costumes of the competitors and the smiles on all their faces all add to the excitement when you hear the music ring out.What a wonderful week. Can we bottle this up and spread it around the world?ROTARY CAN.

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