A march for Welsh independence will be held in Cardiff this Saturday – with hundreds from North Wales set to attend.
The event has been arranged by AUOB Cymru (All Under One Banner) and is supported by organisations such as YesCymru, Awoken Cymru and Welsh Football Fans for Independence.
All Under One Banner Scotland, which organised a march in Glasgow last weekend, have also offered their support.
It will be the “first-ever march for independence” and organisers hope that the march will “get more people talking about independence”.
This comes amid what Elwyn Edwards described as “a resurgence of interest” in the nation’s story, particularly after the widespread response to the ‘Cofiwch Dryweryn’ mural vandalism across Wales and internationally.
The march will start at Cardiff City Hall at 1.30pm and proceed along Queen Street and the Hayes, before finishing in front of the Central Library in the capital.
The speakers at the march will include Plaid Cymru’s leader Adam Price, the poet and actor Ali Goolyad, and YesCymru’s chairman Siôn Jobbins.
Llywelyn ap Gwilym, one of the organisers of the march in Cardiff, said: “We planned this march because it feels like something is really changing in Wales.
“While there’s always been a group of people who believe in independence for Wales, the discussion has really moved rapidly into the mainstream over the past six months. Brexit has clearly played a big part in this: it is easy to stick with the status quo, but what do you do when the status quo isn’t going to last?”
He added: “People in Wales should participate in this march for lots of reasons. If you’re convinced by IndyCymru you should come along to meet similarly minded people, to give a clear message to the Senedd and to Westminster that there is a growing voice that Wales wants and demands better.
“If you’re open to IndyCymru, but are maybe not yet fully convinced, you should come along and chat to others on the march, debate the pros and cons, talk about the challenges and the opportunities.”
AUOB Cymru have also hired several buses across Wales so that more supporters can attend the march.
Tickets for north west Wales buses collecting supporters from points such as Caernarfon, Porthmadog and Dolgellau have already been sold out.
But some tickets for north-east Wales/ Powys buses, which will stop in towns such as Ruthin, Mold and Wrexham, are still available.
Gwynedd councillor, Nia Jeffreys, who will be attending the march, said: “I am really looking forward to Saturday – there is excitement in the air about independence for Wales and I want to be part of a day that will be important in our country’s history.
“I’d love to see as many people as possible from North Wales on the march -as well as delivering an important message to Cardiff – I am sure it will be a good day out.
“I am traveling down on the bus with my brilliant friend Fflur and I am sure we’ll be in high spirits.”
Some have taken to social media to show their support for the march.
@LloydCymru tweeted: “If everyone who says they’re going goes, that’s huge. If even more come, as they likely will, that’s amazing!”
Ifor ap Dafydd was one of those preparing to get ready and is due to travel down from Aberystwyth to take part in the march.
Llywelyn ap Gwilym added: “Above all everyone should come to the march because it’s going to be a great event – there’ll be lots of colourful flags, bands and singing, poetry and some great speeches – it’s going to be lots of fun!”