Talent runs in the family at 100th anniversary Abermain Eisteddfod

TALENTED FAMILY: Ken Victor, his great-granddaughter Abbi-Lea Robinson and granddaughter Leanne Gillon all competed in the Abermain Eisteddfod over the years.

TALENTED FAMILY: Ken Victor, his great-granddaughter Abbi-Lea Robinson and granddaughter Leanne Gillon all competed in the Abermain Eisteddfod over the years.

Cessnock’s Ken Victor was a very proud man at this year’s Abermain Eisteddfod.

His great-granddaughter, Abbi-Lea Robinson, performed in the singing competition – more than 70 years after Ken took to the stage at the Abermain Plaza Hall.

Ken, who turns 86 next week, won many trophies for singing when he was a boy.

Nine-year-old Abbi-Lea followed in her great-grandfather’s footsteps at the Abermain Eisteddfod – which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.

She came first in the 10-and-under character section with her rendition of the White Rabbit’s I’m Late from Alice in Wonderland, and placed in three other sections.

PROUD: Abbi-Lea Robinson and her great-grandfather Ken Victor have both won trophies for singing in the Abermain Eisteddfod.

PROUD: Abbi-Lea Robinson and her great-grandfather Ken Victor have both won trophies for singing in the Abermain Eisteddfod.

Abbi-Lea’s mother, Leanne Gillon, also competed at the Abermain Eisteddfod as a youngster, winning the perpetual trophy for tap dancing in 1987.

Leanne, now 38, danced in many eisteddfods from the age of seven through to 15, but the Abermain Eisteddfod was always a favourite.

“We loved the local eisteddfod, being so close to home, and such a relaxed environment,” she said.

Abbi-Lea, who sings with Delma Whyte at Weston, only competes in one singing eisteddfod, and was excited to perform on the same stage as her mother and great-grandfather had all those years ago.

Ken said he was impressed with the talent on show at this year’s eisteddfod.

“It was terrific,” he said, congratulating the eisteddfod secretary Catherine Parsons and her committee.

The eisteddfod was held over 10 days in September, with more than 1500 entries across vocal, dance, speech and drama sections.

Take a look at our photo gallery from the 2017 Abermain Eisteddfod below.