URDD organisers have praised the area for hosting an “extremely successful” Brecon and Radnorshire Urdd Eisteddfod - the first in the locality for 40 years.

With a winner in every one of the main ceremonies, and blazing sun for most of the week, Eisteddfod yr Urdd director, Aled Siôn said it was an “unforgettable eisteddfod”.

“The arrangements have been fantastic, everything running smoothly and effectively - from the parking to the preliminaries, to the field and stage events and beyond. And not a wellington in sight!

“I would like to thank the sponsors for their support of our festival and to the army of staff and volunteers for their tireless work in the period leading up to the eisteddfod and during this fantastic week. Thank you all,” he added.

Chair of the Local Eisteddfod Working Party Stephen Mason added: “Thanks to supportive local people, Brycheiniog and Maesyfed gave the rest of Wales the warmest of welcomes and showed everyone how much local talent we have. Let’s hope the eisteddfod returns here soon!”

Powys won a whopping 67 medals - 19 of them gold - at this year's Urdd National Eisteddfod hosted by Brecon and Radnorshire.

From Wednesday onwards, it was the turn of secondary schools, colleges and Aelwydydd to take to the stage and fly the flag for Powys.

Ysgol Bro Hyddgen in Machynlleth, Ysgol Uwchradd Llanfyllin, Builth Wells High School and NPTC Newtown College won 11 medals during the Eisteddfod Week. Individual competitor from the Bro Ddyfi area, Dyfan Parry Jones took home third prize in the boys solo for under-19s.

This year's host secondary school, Builth Wells High School, had a very successful eisteddfod with year 9 pupil Eifion Davies winning first place in the solo percussion while Elin Bolland, year 9, came second in the piano solo. Elin also won another second place in the instrumental duet with Amy Cromie of year 12. Meanwhile, year 9 pupil Mabli Jones picked up a bronze medal for a third place in the years 7-9 'CogUrdd' cooking competition.

It was a bumper year for NPTC Newtown College as they won first, second and third prizes in the 'CogUrdd' cooking competition judged by The Great British Bake-Off's Beca Lyne-Pirkis. Alice Yeoman won first place and Stephanie Wright won second in the Under-25s cooking competition, while Millie-Ann Owen came third in the year 10 and under-19 category.

Llanfyllin High School harpist Cadi Glwys Davies won second place for her harp solo for years 7-9.

It was another successful year for Ysgol Bro Hyddgen with many pupils reaching the finals of the Urdd National Eisteddfod and some achieving a guaranteed medal by reaching the stage. Mari Fflur Fychan came first in the individual recitation for years 7 to 9 while the school's Cerdd Dant choir for years 13 and under and Lewys Meredydd in the boys solo for years 10 and under-19 won second place. Ysgol Bro Hyddgen headteacher, Mr Dafydd Jones, said: "I wish to congratulate all the pupils who have worked so hard to prepare and also my appreciation towards the instructors for their tireless work."

Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd's Brac Gillett, 11, won third place in the poetry competition for years 5 and 6 and received his medal on the Pavillion stage.

The Urdd announced that Gwenno Wigley from Ysgol Glantwymyn has been chosen to perform at Disneyland Paris in March 2019 as part of the St David's Day celebrations. Only a handful of Urdd Eisteddfod competition winners are chosen every year to represent Wales at the event. Gwenno won first place for her solo and came second in the individual recitation for years 3 and 4.