A BROADCASTER who plans to fast in response to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has said it is to highlight inequality during the celebrations. 

Gwenno Dafydd, who has worked as a broadcaster, actress and singer and appeared on the BBC and S4C, will limit herself to just one meal a day for six days when the official celebrations to mark the 70th of the current Queen’s reign are staged at the beginning of June. 

She will donate the amount she saves on food to a food bank. 

The May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday, June 2 and the following day is a bank holiday to mark the occasion while official events include a televised celebrity concert, Trooping the Colour, a service of thanksgiving and a pageant. 

Big screens will also be erected in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh to broadcast the various events but for Dafydd the cost isn’t justifiable due to the extreme hardship many are currently faced with and the cost of living soaring. 

Dafydd said: “I feel really strongly that the Royal family and the government has been incredibly insensitive and totally out of touch with ordinary people in the last few weeks. Their decision to continue with their lavish and expensive Jubilee celebrations whilst so many ordinary people are worried sick about where their next meal is coming from and how they are going to afford to pay their gas and electricity bills is really immoral. 

The action comes as town councillors in Ruthin, Denbighshire have been divided on whether they should spend local tax payers’ money on supporting the celebrations. 

Ethan Jones, a member of the town council, told the BBC that residents opposed to the council marking the occasion felt the Jubilee “glorifies wealth and privilege and...it reminds them of their own poverty at the same time.” 

He had wanted the council to opt against using its funds to buy rose bushes to plant around tht town to mark the anniversary, but the council voted by six votes to five, in favour of celebrating the occasion. 

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For Dafydd that ordinary people are having to pick up the cost of the celebrations has been a particular motivation in her taking a stand.

She said: “The Queen is an extremely rich woman and if she wants to celebrate – then she can put her hand in her own pocket, instead of expecting ordinary people, who often have great difficulty in making ends meet, pay.  

“I spoke yesterday to someone who works full time for the NHS who has to use food banks to survive. This just isn’t right in this day and age.” 

Dafydd is using the hashtags #JubileeFastForFoodBanks #NeedNotGreed on Twitter to encourage others to also take part and said: “Join me in doing something that can make a positive change to lots of people’s lives during this celebration.” 

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