Youngsters get ready for Kettering Eisteddfod

Edward Crawshaw performs at last year's Eisteddfod
Edward Crawshaw performs at last year's Eisteddfod

A popular music and drama festival gets under way next week.

The Kettering and District Eisteddfod celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009, and organisers hope this year’s version will be as popular and well-supported as ever.

It runs from Wednesday, March 13, to Saturday, March 16, at a variety of locations across the town.

Penny Payne, the Eisteddfod’s secretary, said she was expecting between 800 and 1,000 people to take part in the festival this year.

She added: “This is our 104th year. It’s always been in Kettering.

“It’s very well-known and supported by a lot of our local schools.

“Youngsters enjoy it – it gives them a lot of confidence.

“It can be quite a big challenge for some of the children, so it is a confidence booster.”

Hawthorn Primary School, in Kettering, has had pupils taking part in the Eisteddfod for the past two years, and has about 40 pupils involved this time.

Teacher Hillary Hill, who is helping the pupils get ready for the festival, said it was a nerve-racking time for the pupils.

But she said preparations were going well.

She said: “They are coming on really well.

“They are rehearsing regularly.”

Pupils from the school will take part in the choir and the poetry recital categories.

Mrs Hill added: “They are more nervous about doing it in front of their classmates this week than in front of strangers.

“It is a very nervous thing. They are up on a big stage for the first time.

“But they take it on board really well and then come back and do it again next year.”

The Eisteddfod features instrumental, vocal, speech and drama categories.

Performances in the various categories will take place at the Salvation Army Citadel and the Baptist Church, both in Rockingham Road, Kettering, as well as at the Toller United Reformed Church in Gold Street.

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