Eisteddfod’s historic Italian Trophy comes to
Published 16 January 2012
This year will see the
National Eisteddfod held in the Vale of Glamorgan. To mark this the
local council has been presented with the historic ‘Italian Trophy’
which is now on show at the County Library, Barry.
The trophy was given to the Eisteddfod in 1986 by former Italian
prisoners of war to thank the people of Wales for the kindness
shown to them during their captivity.
Handmade by Italian prisoners during World War II and inscribed
with the word ‘Heddwch’ (peace), the trophy is held by the council
which is hosting the Eisteddfod.
Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Gordon Kemp (left in
picture), said: "It is an honour to take charge of the Trophy and
to have the chance to host the Eisteddfod.
"Staff across the council are working closely with the National
Eisteddfod to ensure that the event is a success. When
tickets start to go on sale in March, we are hoping local
people will come out in force to support the event."
Elfed Roberts, Chief Executive of the National Eisteddfod (right
in picture), said: "It is a tradition that at each Eisteddfod, the
council that is holding the next event is presented with the
Italian Trophy, which they hold until it passes to the next host
council. It is a historic item and I hope visitors to the library
will enjoy having the chance to see it."