Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Thousands Back Language Campaign in Rhuthun

Last week Cymdeithas yr Iaith members were visiting towns and cities in South Wales, collecting signatures for their petition calling for a New Welsh Language Act. This week, members will target towns in North Wales - Rhuthun (Mon, 21 Aug), Llangefni (Tue, 22 Aug), Pwllheli (Wed, 23 Aug), Caernarfon (Thu, 24 Aug) and Dolgellau (Fri, 25 Aug). Details of these visits can be found on the Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg website. If you can't make it to any of those, you can declare your support by downloading a bilingual pdf version of the 'New Welsh Language Act Petition' (43k) and sending it to Cymdeithas's office in Aberystwyth.

This news report about a recent visit to Rhuthun came from the
Daily Post (Aug 22, 2006).
Thousands back language campaign
Aug 22 2006
Daily Post

CYMDEITHAS yr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Society) yesterday brought its drive to secure a new Language Act to North Wales.

The Society was in Ruthin to collect signatures for its petition calling for a new Welsh Language Act.

Activists gathered by the town clock for a four-hour session collecting names. The mayor of Ruthin, Councillor Morfudd Jones, and other dignitaries were among those to sign.

The visit to Ruthin is part of an all-Wales campaign with members of the society visiting various towns throughout the country.

Last week Cymdeithas members visited Swansea, Ammanford, Pontypridd, Cardiff, Newport and Aberystwyth.

This week they are in North Wales with Llangefni, Pwllheli, Caernarfon and Dolgellau among their other destinations.

Dewi Snelson, who organised the Ruthin visit, said: "Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg had a very successful week at the National Eisteddfod.

"A truly historical meeting was held at the society's tent on the eisteddfod field where representatives from Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives declared their support for a new Welsh Language Act.

"A very effective demonstration was held against the Labour Party - the only political party in Wales not to show support for the Language Act campaign - and thousands of signatures were collected.

"Cymdeithas also published a draft Welsh Language Measure which gave the campaign further impetus.

"We now have the opportunity to take the campaign to the people of Wales in their local communities."

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