Hundreds expected at Welsh language rally in Carmarthen
HUNDREDS are expected to attend a rally for the Welsh language in Carmarthen this weekend.
Following the news that the number of Welsh speakers in Wales is falling, the Welsh Language Society (Cymdeithas yr Iaith) in Carmarthen will be hosting an event to drum up more support for Welsh-speaking communities in Carmarthenshire.
Figures from the 2011 census showed the number of people speaking Welsh in Wales had declined in the past 10 years, with the number of Welsh speakers in Carmarthenshire dropping by six per cent.
The rally will take place outside County Hall on Saturday at 11am.
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Sioned Elin, chairwoman of Cymdeithas yr Iaith in Carmarthen, said: "It is a response to the figures from the last census.
"It showed there was a dramatic decline in the number of Welsh speakers. It is extremely bad news for Welsh-speaking communities."
Ms Elin said the group was hoping to demand a future for local Welsh speaking communities by staging the rally.
"We want people to see this is a matter of urgency. We want to send a signal out to Carwyn Jones and the Welsh Government and the county council that this needs to be taken seriously. If Welsh communities are going to live on then urgent steps need to be taken."
Hundreds are expected at the event and some local public figures will also be attending, including Carmarthen mayor Philip Grice, Carmarthen county councillor Alun Lenny, local MP Jonathan Edwards, Meinir Jones, presenter of S4C's Ffermio, and Llandeilo actress Rhian Morgan.
Those attending the rally will also be asked to sign a pledge which says: "We pledge to live in Welsh and demand that steps are taken so that Welsh-speaking communities will live."