A welsh schoolteacher, Thomas Huws (49), who once worked as a slate quarryman in North Wales, won the Bardic Crown, august 4 at the National Eisteddfod in Caernarvon, Wales for his poem on the quarrying community.
GV. Of the hall.
CU Of the druids.
Man stands up.
Bring music up at 14 - he's being led up to platform.
CU Of group on platform. - Bard being congratulated.
CU Of new Bard.
Large shot of platform.
CU Of group - man asking "do you agree"
Crowd assents and Bard sits down.
Bard being crowned.
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Background: A welsh schoolteacher, Thomas Huws (49), who once worked as a slate quarryman in North Wales, won the Bardic Crown, august 4 at the National Eisteddfod in Caernarvon, Wales for his poem on the quarrying community.
With a fanfare of trumpets, the new bard was escorted to the platform by two Druids, actor Hugh Griffith and the Rev. Gwilyn Tieley. The crowing ceremony on the platform among the welcoming bards, was watched by a crowd of more than 15,000.
Choosing the title "Chains", Mr. Huws wrote of the economic disintegration of the old quarrying community to which he belonged. It was his first attempt at the Crown --- among a record entry of 44. For his non de plume, Mr. Huws gave Brig. Mawr, the Welsh name of the rockface on which he worked at the Penyrorsedd Quarry.
The new bard lives in the village of Croeslon near Caernarvon, and teaches in Cardiff.
The Kisteddfod is held each year to select prize winning solo and choral items, recitations and folk dancing. The election of the Bard -- author of the best original poem provides the climax to the festival -- a traditional event in a land rich which music and poetry.