Porthmadog competition celebrates local businesses and the Welsh language
A festive competition in the Porthmadog area has provided an opportunity for the area’s young people to learn about local high street businesses, as well as promoting the use of the Welsh language.
The joint initiative between the Caru Port group and Hunaniaith, the Gwynedd Menter Iaith saw ten baby Welsh Dragons; all wearing Santa hats hidden in different shops in Porthmadog.
The task for children from local primary schools was to find them all for the chance to win the prize of a large Welsh dragon and a Welsh book token. The winner has recently been announced - congratulations to Nel Dafydd from Borth-y-gest, who managed to spot the dragons.
Councillor Nia Jeffreys of Caru Port explained: “One of Caru Port’s main aims is to get people to spend their money locally in Porthmadog; supporting local businesses and jobs.
“We were delighted when Hunaniaith asked to work with us on an initiative that not only supported local businesses but also showed children that the Welsh language is part of the fabric of Porthmadog and can be used in so many of the businesses that are locally owned.”
Ifan Llewelyn, Language Development Officer with Hunaniaith outlined the background to the competition: “The Welsh language draws people to spend their money in Porthmadog; locals and visitors alike enjoy hearing the language in shops and cafes.
“Hunaniaith were keen to show children that the language is a viable part of business life in their community; hopefully this will lead them to making Welsh a part of their lives and choices as they become young people and adults in the community.”
PHOTOGRAPH: Councillor Nia Jeffreys and Glenda Burke of Caru Port and Ifan Llewelyn from Hunaniaith presenting the prize of a large Welsh dragon and a Welsh book token to Nel of Ysgol Borth-y-gest.