Saturday May 11th, 2019 will go down in history as the day where Wales’ march for independence began.
I don’t think even the organisers of the march would have imagined an estimated 3000 to 5000 people turning up at City hall Cardiff to launch what was Wales’ first ever march for independence.
But thats what they did, and it proved to be a very successful start to what will be a momentous journey for our nation.
The success of the day was helped by the weather as Wales’ infamous reputation for being a country of almost perpetual rainfall, was allowed a reprieve from the gods as the sun shone brightly to make it a lovely warm summers day.
The march started at City hall and went through the streets of Cardiff to end at the John Bachelor statue, the Hayes.
The vast majority of marchers were well behaved and respectful, although I say the majority and not all, as one individual spotted a group of Ein Gwlad supporters and felt the need to rush up to them and shout “oh look fascists, actual fascists…yay brilliant” in front of who I assume were his children.
There’s always one isn’t there?
The crowd surrounded the John Bachelor statue as they listened to the invited speakers from the various groups who helped organise the event and Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price.
Price, it must be said delivered a passionate speech with his trademark skills as an orator which was met with rapturous agreement from the mainly Welsh speaking crowd.
Yes Cymru chair, Sion Jobbins should have a mention too as he delivered a spirited and impassioned speech at the top of the show which got the crowd going.
But all in all, it was a very good day. Not just for a successful march that has finally kicked off Wales’ journey to independence, but for Wales as a nation and its future prosperity.
This march is hopefully the first of many yet to come and hopefully Ein Gwlad will be able to play a role, if not a leading one.
Independence is our raison d’etre, it’s our core objective. And it’s an objective we can be certain will be achieved in the not too distant future.
Cymru am Byth, Cymru Rydd
My name is Lee Felton, I’m one of the editors on Ein GWALD’s News Portal, National Secretary and Graphics Officer. I have a Valley’s working class background and I’m not afraid to say what I think. If i’m wrong, I’m wrong, and I’ll be the first to put my hand up.