AT THE Urdd’s centenary celebration, Aberconwy MS Janet Finch-Saunders thanked the movement for its contribution to lives in Wales.

The Urdd was founded in 1922 by Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards with the aim of providing more opportunities for children in Wales to use the Welsh language.

Mrs Finch-Saunders said: “"Many thanks to the Urdd for the significant contribution the movement has made and continues to make to the lives of children and young people across Wales.

"Across Aberconwy there has been intense competition for years in the district, county, and of course national eisteddfodau.

"I have seen for myself the joy the movement brings to children, and remember the fun that was had in the jamboree with Mr Urdd and other famous characters, such as Sali Mali, who has a very unique connection to Aberconwy.

"We need to reach the target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050, and I'm sure that the Urdd has an important role to play in this, and to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to use the language outside of school.

"I wish the organization good luck. I sincerely hope that another bright century lies ahead.”