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Eisteddfod chair slams ‘greed’ of those who may have ‘fraudulently’ claimed free tickets for refugees

18 Jul 2022 4 minute read
Elin Jones at the Eisteddfod. Picture by Plaid Cymru

Tickets for the National Eisteddfod in Ceredigion that were meant for refugees and disadvantaged families may have been claimed “fraudulently” according to the chair of the festival’s executive committee.

Elin Jones, who is also the Senedd Member for Ceredigion where the Eisteddfod will take place, said that they would be going through the tickets to invalidate those claimed by the wrong people.

Writing in Welsh and English on her Facebook page she said that a unique code “might have been wrongly shared” with “people who are more city than Ceredigion”.

That had been taken advantage of by people “and at the expense of children in poverty and refugees,” she said.

“I understand that a large number of tickets that had been set aside for free for disadvantaged families for the Ceredigion Eisteddfod were claimed fraudulently/mistakenly over the weekend,” she said.

“It is possible that a unique code has been shared, it is possible that some who are not deprived at all, or locally, have made requests for free family tickets, and done so for every single day of the week!

“The Eisteddfod will now (at a time when there is plenty of other things to do) have to go through these applications and invalidate them. You know who you are people, you think you’re clever?

“Not you, you greedy – and that at the expense of children in poverty and refugees – that’s who are eligible for these tickets.

“Shame on you. Game’s up.”

‘Extra work’

The National Eisteddfod later put out a statement to express their own disappointment with what had happened.

“We support the comments of the Chair of the Ceredigion executive committee and note our huge disappointment regarding what’s happened over the weekend,” a spokesperson said.

“Yes, it’ll create hours of extra work for our team, but far worse than that is the fact that people felt it was acceptable to apply for tickets reserved for disadvantaged families and new visitors, knowing full well that they weren’t eligible.

“We’ll be working with Ceredigion County Council and our other partners to ensure that these tickets reach the right people, and that they have an excellent visit to the Pentref Plant and the Eisteddfod.

“We will not be commenting any further on this matter.”

‘Easy and safe’

Daily and weekly Maes tickets can be bought online here.

Details on how to get to the Maes are available online. Bus timetables and links to tickets available here.

This year, the Maes is on the outskirts of Tregaron, with the car parks, caravan site, campsite and Maes B all located close to each other and within ten minutes’ walk of the town centre, with no need for shuttle buses to get to the Maes.

Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Betsan Moses, said that they were looking forward to welcoming people to Tregaron and that public transport was available.

“One of the strengths of the Eisteddfod is that we travel around Wales, visiting urban and rural areas in turn, supporting, motivating and inspiring communities all over our country,” she said.

“This year, we’re in a rural area, and are very grateful to Rhydlewis and Llew Jones bus companies for organising additional public transport services in the area so that our visitors can use public transport to visit from the Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Aberaeron area, without having to use the car, with the last buses leaving the Maes after the concerts and gigs on Llwyfan y Maes have finished. Tickets must be bought from our website beforehand.

“We’re also encouraging our visitors to walk, cycle and use car sharing services where possible, and all the details are included on our website.

“If you have to use the car to come and see us, the message is simple – follow the signs. We’ve been working closely with the Council and the emergency services to create our transport plan for the festival.

“We all want to avoid congestion and make sure that the journey to the Maes is easy and safe for everyone. So please help us help you by following the yellow Eisteddfod signs.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
30 days ago

No need for names but tell us where they sit in our society…and bill them…

Glyn Jones
Glyn Jones
30 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Cytuno. Ciwed warthus iddynt.

Tewdrig
Tewdrig
30 days ago

Why are there free tickets for refugees in the first place?

hdavies15
hdavies15
30 days ago
Reply to  Tewdrig

Cynic like you would call it virtue signaling, old cynic like me would question your priorities. I’d sooner let a load of refugees in free of charge than all those crachach who contrive to get freebies wherever they go – Eisteddfod, Sioe Amaeth, theatres, sports venues etc

B D
B D
30 days ago

These tickets were freely available through a widely circulated link, the web page didn’t say a word about them being for disadvantaged people or refugees, the impression given was they wanted crowds. A massive mess-up by the Eisteddfod and then to blame ordinary people for their mistake. Elin Jones as sanctimonious as ever, who’s paying for her tickets? And for the Eisteddfod to come out officially to back her comments shows their complete disregard for the ordinary people who make the eisteddfod what it is.

Richard
Richard
30 days ago
Reply to  B D

Well, where do we begin. Let’s remind ourselves of some home truths. The Eisteddfod is one of the things that must go if Wales is to be psychologically as much as politically free. It is the British Establishment in Welsh Costume. The eisteddfodic clique’s rhetoric about the Welsh language and Welsh nationalism is, deep down, all cant and hypocrisy. Not one of them turns down an OBE/MBE/CBE, or even a garden party invite. They all send their kids to English universities. The national love-hate relationship with England (ie, we secretly admire and love England, its cultural success, its cathedrals, its… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
29 days ago
Reply to  Richard

“….The Eisteddfod is one of the things that must go…” Cant agree with that. Had you said that it must change then I would concur absolutely as Yr Orsedd is a bit of a low cost imitation of Royal pageantry, princeling investitures, Westminster rituals etc etc. Maybe it wasn’t intended as such when old Iolo put his pipe down but it’s turned out that way especially the way Crachach bring any old big name regardless of any cultural relevance. OR is Welsh panto ritual somehow a cut above anybody else’s ceremonial gibberish ?  

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
30 days ago

Blame Iolo Morganwg he started all this deception…

Hedd
Hedd
29 days ago

Mae nifer wedi ymateb i’r neges wreiddiol ar FB cyn iddo gael ei gloi gan EJ. Byddai’n dda adrodd yr ymatebion hefyd er tegwch i nifer o bobl leol sydd wedi eu pardduo yn annheg; llawer iawn ohonynt sydd wedi gweithio’n galed i godi arian i’r Eisteddfod hefyd.

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