Wollongong Eisteddfod 2014: Lillie keeps up a family tradition | photos

Four generations of the Purdon family came together to watch their youngest member dance in the Wollongong Eisteddfod on Monday.

Barry Purdon, 84, travelled down from Bathurst to watch his great-granddaughter dance in the 12 years and under jazz mini troupe.

Mr Purdon is a lifetime member of the Bathurst Eisteddfod and his family has been involved as performers, committee members and volunteers for years.

Barry's son, Tony Purdon, 59, is president of the Wollongong Eisteddfod Committee, Tony's daughter Michelle Purdon, 32, is an ex-performer and her daughter, Lillie Hobden, 6, is continuing their beloved tradition.

"It is a great buzz to see my granddaughter perform on stage, just like myself and my daughter," Tony Purdon said.

Barry Purdon, Susan Burke, Tony Purdon, Michelle Purdon and Lillie Hobden at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on Monday. The Purdon family has been involved with eisteddfods for four generations. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Barry Purdon, Susan Burke, Tony Purdon, Michelle Purdon and Lillie Hobden at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on Monday. The Purdon family has been involved with eisteddfods for four generations. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Lillie Hobden, who started dancing when she was three, loves performing and has made many friends through dancing.

"It is really exciting to see Lillie perform because she really loves it and has made a really close bond with her friends," Michelle Purdon said.

The Wollongong Eisteddfod - now in its 120th year - began on May 31 and continues until July 5.

Performances have included vocals, instrumental, speech and drama, and dance.

"The performing arts creates good, contributing, well-rounded citizens and it generates lifelong friends," Tony Purdon said.

"It builds self-esteem, confidence and it encourages a competitive but fair atmosphere with a sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie."

Tony attributes the continued success of the Wollongong Eisteddfod to the strength of the committee, the volunteers and the community.

The committee is always looking for more volunteers.

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