Monday, September 26, 2011

Sympathy for the Urdd?

In 1972 Bala hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod. The finance committee, headed by the Rev H E Jones, had been successful in raising the £10,000 required to fund the Welsh-language event. The Rev Jones had hit upon the idea of sending out hundreds of individual letters to potential donors asking for cash. One of the recipients of these begging letters was Rolling Stones publicist Les Perrin, who happened to own a holiday home in Bala. A donation from the Rolling Stones duly arrived: £15. The Urdd’s finance committee had probably hoped for more but… you can’t always get what you want.