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Specsaver's Opticians which has 27 stores across South Wales will sponsor the Urdd opening concert at the 2005 National Urdd Eisteddfod.

The concert called Sain, Cerdd a Sioe will be held at the Donald Gordon Theatre in the Wales Millennium Centre on Sunday 29 May.

Members of the Urdd will join Welsh stars of stage and screen, past winners of the Eisteddfod and the Urdd Youth Theatre, for a colourful and theatrical presentation that will welcome the Eisteddfod to the capital city and to a new look Eisteddfod.

This is a fantastic chance to see names like Aled Jones and Daniel Evans who have gained so much from the Urdd join a cast of 300 young people to sing some of the most popular songs from the musicals - Cabaret, Les Miserables, Joseph and his technicoloured coat, Judas, Nia Ben Aur and Chicago to name only a few.

Some past Urdd winners will also take part including Huw Aeron who recently won a BAFTA, Mirain Haf, Catrin Evans, Catherine Ayres, Aled Pedrick, Tara Bethan, Rhian Mair Lewis, CF1, Glanaethwy, Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth and Ysgol Melin Gruffydd.

Eurfyl Lewis, Director of Development for Urdd Gobaith Cymru said:

“We are delighted that Specsaver's have decided to support this special concert at the Urdd 2005 National Eisteddfod. We would like to thank them for their kind gesture that will ensure a fantastic opening concert for this year’s pioneering Eisteddfod.”

Specsaver's Managing Director and Chairman Doug Perkins was born in Ammanford, educated at Cardiff University and founded the UK’s largest optical retailer in Swansea in 1984. Anne Lowndes, Regional Chairman of Specsaver's in Wales, said the company remains proud of its Welsh roots as well as a key community supporter:
“The Urdd National Eisteddfod is the key cultural event of the year for young people in Wales and Specsaver's is proud to be a part of this year’s opening celebration.”

For further information please conntact Siân Eleri Davies on 07976 330360 or Eurgain Haf on 07747 638405

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