Hunting the Christmas Dragon in Porthmadog
Preparations for Christmas 2019 in Porthmadog are being marked by a joint initiative between local group Caru Port and Hunaniaith: the Menter Iaith for Gwynedd for the second year running.
Ten baby Welsh Dragons; all wearing Father Christmas hats will be hidden in ten different shops in Porthmadog.
“Children from local primary schools will be challenged with finding each and every one of the ten dragons,” explained Councillor Nia Jeffreys of Caru Port.
“Who knows where they will be hiding. A few in shops that took part last year, several can be found in businesses that are taking part for the first time.”
One of Caru Port’s main aims is to get people to spend their money locally in Porthmadog; supporting local businesses and jobs.
Councillor Nia Jeffreys added: “We were delighted when Hunaniaith asked to work with us for the second Christmas running. It’s basically a fun event which supports local businesses and shows local children that Porthmadog is a Welsh speaking community where the language is part of everyday life.”
Ifan Llewelyn Jones, Language Development Officer with Hunaniaith outlined the background to the competition. He said: “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 as they become young people in the community.”
Competition forms will be shared with pupils at Ysgol Eifion Wyn, Ysgol Borth-y-gest and
Ysgol y Gorlan by the end of November. Dragons will be hidden in businesses from 2 December onwards and completed forms left at Porthmadog Library no later than Monday, 23 December.
PHOTOGRAPH: Porthmadog’s Christmas dragon-hunting competition