ORGANISERS of the first large scale Welsh independence rally since before the start of the pandemic are promising the “best event yet”. 

Independence marches were staged in Cardiff, Caernarfon and Merthyr Tydfil in 2019 but an event planned for Wrexham the following year had to be postponed due to the pandemic. 

The march is now being staged on Saturday, July 2 as part of a weekend of events including an Indy Fest in Wrexham while a further march also staged by the All Under One Banner (AUOB Cymru) campaign is also due to be held in Cardiff in October.

Despite the pandemic having halted public gatherings support and interest in Welsh independence was shown to have grown during 2020. 

Differing response to the public health emergency by governments in Cardiff and Westminster and decisions which at times highlighted a lack of power for the Welsh Government to take steps it wanted to – such as the ability to run and fund an extended furlough scheme – were credited with fueling interest. 

As well as the march the weekend will feature gigs, including performances by Dafydd Iwan and Bryn Fôn, and a market. 

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The event is being organised in partnership between the ‘All Under One Banner’ campaign group AUOBCymru, Indy Fest Wrexham and YesCymru, which is providing financial support. 

A spokesperson on behalf of AUOBCymru, said: “The AUOBCymru marches for independence in 2019 were a huge success with thousands attending in Cardiff, Caernarfon and Merthyr. 

“There is something special about coming together to march and people are desperate for the chance to come together once again. 

“The group of volunteers at Indy Fest Wrecsam, who've organised a whole weekend packed with events, have done an amazing job in difficult circumstances due to the pandemic with an ‘Indy Market’ and the gigs organised to coincide with the march and rally.  

“We are also grateful for the financial support offered by YesCymru, as well as to everyone who has donated to our fundraiser. We hope that people from every part of Wales will head to Wrexham on July 2 and that the March for Independence in Wrexham will be the best yet.” 

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Following the march there will be a rally with a stage and big screens.  

Those confirmed for the rally include Dafydd Iwan, Pol Wong from IndyFest Wrexham, poet and activist Evrah Rose, comedian and broadcaster Tudur Owen, Wrexham councillor Carrie Harper and Archdruid Myrddin ap Dafydd with more names to be announced. 

An “Indy Market” will feature more than 20 stalls offering local food, drink and produce, and including Indy Wales merchandise. The market will be at Queen's Square, Wrexham, from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday July 2. 

Gigs will be staged at Saith Seren on both Friday and Saturday nights, with Bryn Fôn headlining on the eve of the march. 

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