The return of the music festival is a success

THE return of a music festival to Meirionnydd has been hailed as a success.

The Rock the Castle/Roc Y Castell music festival in Harlech came back strong on Saturday May 14, after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Harlech and Llanbedr councilor Gwynfor Owen praised the festival organisers, especially Jim and Sheila Lees for their hard work in organizing this event.

“Harlech and the surrounding area has many volunteers who participate in different activities, and this event was indeed a showcase that was appreciated by locals, as well as visitors, who had traveled miles to attend,” said Cllr owen.

“I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the event possible, the artists who performed as well as those who came to enjoy the evening.

“The last 24 months have been difficult due to the pandemic, and many people have felt lonely and isolated due to restrictions on social interactions which have made it impossible to hold festivals like this until now.

“It has been a long time since people in the area have been able to come together to create a sense of community.

“The unique setting within the castle walls provided an amazing backdrop for live bands and stage music.

“The near perfect weather provided stunning views of the coast and the mountains of Snowdonia.”

Cllr Owen also wanted to thank all the sponsors of the event.

These included local businesses who gave donations and practical support, as well as grants from the Snowdonia National Park Authority Community Fund and the Cyngor Gwynedd Events Development Fund.

He added: “Our thanks, finally, must go to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure everything ran smoothly, especially in setting up the event and cleaning up, once everyone else was gone home.

“There were definitely some tired bones the next day.

“Diolch to the whole community.”

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