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Wales celebrates cultural heritage

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SEFYDLIAD Y Peirianwyr Sifi might not mean much to many people, but to Welsh speakers, it is the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Last month Sefydliad y Peirianwyr Sifi took part in the largest Welsh language cultural event of the year, the National Eisteddfod of Wales. The purpose was to raise awareness of civil engineering and its contribution to modern life.

This year more than 20,000 people attended the event.

Pontydd, porthladdoedd and pwer - or bridges, ports and power - were the main themes covered by the ICE stand at the annual eight-day arts event, which was held at Y Faenol near Bangor.

he exhibition included models and working diagrams of the Menai bridges and nearby Dinorwig pumped storage power station. The stand was manned by 28 Welsh speaking ICE members and sponsored by First Hydro and Stena Line Ports.

This was far from being a civil engineering debut at the Eisteddfod however. In 1993 civil engineer Meiron MacIntyre Huws was awarded the Bardic Chair - the supreme prize for poetry in Welsh. At that time Huws was working for Acer, although sadly he rejected civil engineering as the subject of his winning poem.

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