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WILLIAMS , ALUN OGWEN ( 1904 - 1970 ), eisteddfod administrator and supporter ;

b. 2 Oct. 1904 in Well Street , Gerlan , Bethesda, Caerns. , son of John Samuel Williams and Catherine (née Thomas ) his wife. He was educated in Gerlan elementary school , Bethesda County School and Bangor Normal College ( 1922-24 ), from where he went to Llanfairfechan ( 1924-26 ) and Pwllheli ( 1926-36 ) as a teacher before being appointed headmaster of Pentre Uchaf ( 1936-42 ), Penmachno ( 1942-52 ) and Leeswood ( 1952-63 ) schools. Although he retired to Rhyl ( Glan Ogwen , Grange Road ) in 1963 , he continued to teach Welsh in Offa's Dyke Comprehensive School , Prestatyn until 1965 , He m. (1) Lil Evans (d. 2 Aug. 1968 ) in Llanbedr, Mer. in 1932 and they had one son, Euryn Ogwen Williams . He m. (2) Gwladys Spencer Jones in Colwyn Bay , June 1970 and moved to Noddfa , Erw-wen Rd. , Colwyn Bay , but d. barely two months later on 4 Aug. , in Ammanford where the national eisteddfod was held that year. He was cremated at Swansea 7 Aug. 1970 .

He became well known as a young reciter and he was a reciter , actor and adjudicator of recitation all his life. He formed Parti Penmachno , a concert party which travelled through Wales and England during World War II and later. He was the party's compere and reciter . A member of the Gorsedd for 40 yrs., he served as chief marshal , its secretary for ten yrs. and as membership secretary of the Eisteddfod Court for a similar period.


  • Personal knowledge.


Euryn Ogwen Williams, Barry

Published date: 2001