The 1986 Eisteddfod logo

The 1986 Eisteddfod Logo
County Echo
Christian & Celtic influences mix in the Eisteddfod symbol.
County Echo.

Eisteddfod Logo is a labour of love……

Pictured above is the designer and artist John Cleal who made an early contribution to the 1986 Fishguard Eisteddfod by returning a cheque for the sum of £250 that he was paid by the organisers  for designing the official logo for the event.  Mr Cleal, of Workshop Wales Lower Fishguard, is shown putting the finishing touches to the new logo  which will be used on all advertising material for the 1986 Fishguard Eisteddfod. The logo shows three fish in a triangle; Mr Cleal had chosen this design because in the past,  people from the Fishguard area were known as ” Sgadan Abergwaun/Fishguard Herrings.”

At a second glance at the logo, it can be seen that the three fish form the letter “A” for Abergwaun; this can be seen from all three sides of the design

Mr Cleal gave a further interpretation of the symbol “It is based” he said “on the discipline of Celtic art which emphasises the pattern of the never ending line, and on the under & over plaiting – effect pattern which can be seen on so many ancient monuments in the Eisteddfod district, such as the old Celtic crosses in Nevern & Carew. There is also the significance of the fish being an ancient Christian sign, the story of the feeding of the multitudes in the New Testament and the importance of fish in that event. It is not too much to suggest that the multitudes will come to Fishguard next year for what will surely be cultural & spiritual nourishment”

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