THE 2017 national entertainment competition final was clinched by Llanfyllin YFC.
An emotive and thought provoking performance saw Llanfyllin YFC take the title ahead of four other clubs.
It took the three judges, Jack Price, Sylvia Coats and Sue Pomeroy over an hour to make the decision, and the Montgomery-based club were every inch the worthy winners.
The musical piece ‘Forever Mine’ was a tribute to the Aberfan disaster of 1966, where a mine collapsed onto a large part of the Aberfan village, tragically killing 144 people, including 116 children.
The piece took the audience on a moving journey through the complex and turbulent history of Wales’ mining industry.
The relatively small cast noted how they were mindful of the social, political and economic consequences of the decline of the mining sector in Wales, and wanted to commemorate last year’s 80th anniversary of the disaster.
Including three original poems written by cast members, Llanfyllin combined a delicate balance of sensitivity and performance etiquette.
The captivating subject put ‘Forever Mine’ in a unique position, as the other contenders had opted for more comedic plots.
The Llanfyllin win notched up another success for Montgomery YFC, who have a seasoned record in the competitions, last winning the crown in 2010.
Runners up were Cornwall YFC, who performed their hilarious rendition of ‘How Pink is Your Panther?’, a tale of a cunning burglar stealing items from oblivious musical performers.
They ranged from an acapella to Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry from the Great British Bake Off.
Third place went to Devon-based Cheriton and Tedburn club, with ‘Play That Country Song’, who took views on an action packed trip down memory lane.
Despite only being a small club, the cast were full of spirit and performed an uplifting musical number, including a chart montage, taking viewers through the ages of music.
The coveted actor and actress titles are arguably the most sought after prize in the weekend of competition.
Leading lady was Megan Gibson from Raughton Head YFC, Cumbria, who collectively performed ‘Medical Mayhem’ with her club.
Performing the role of a mature woman with a persistent crush on her doctor, her comic timing and stage presence ensured the audience erupted with laughter on several occasions.