Plaid Ifanc, the youth and student wing of Plaid Cymru, have condemned the renaming of the second Severn Crossing as the ‘Prince Of Wales Bridge’ at their National Spring Conference held at Bangor University this weekend.
The newer of the two bridges, which is the M4 motorway bridge over the River Severn linking England and Wales, was opened by the Prince in 1996.
Following an announcement in April, the bridge will take on its new title in the summer but there will be no name change for the original Severn Crossing. The renaming was approved by the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May.
The demonstration in Bangor was organised by Plaid Ifanc Bangor’s Vice-Chair Owen Hurcum who provided the following statement: “Despite being geographically located in South Wales, the renaming of the Second Severn Bridge does affect everyone in Wales. It is a national landmark and we should have been consulted on its name.
“The fact a unilateral decision was made by three people, without a shred of a Welsh mandate between them, rather than the people of Wales is quite frankly insulting. The fact Cairns still stands by this decision, despite the widespread protests it has caused, is the reason I decided to organize this event at our National Conference.
“Every single member of this organization feels the same way – that this should not happen. Equally, living in a Welsh language stronghold, Plaid Ifanc Bangor feel particularly offended by the renaming and the subsequent ‘anti-Welsh’ bigotry it exposed.
“Nobody in Wales should have their national language, the language that many people here speak as their first language, insulted in such a way – nobody should have their culture stamped out by England’s colonial attitude. That is why this event has been held in Bangor today.”
Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales, said of the renaming: “I’m delighted to announce that – with the agreement of the Prime Minister and Her Majesty The Queen – the Second Severn Crossing will be renamed the Prince of Wales Bridge.
“The announcement is a fitting tribute to His Royal Highness in a year that sees him mark 60 years as the Prince of Wales and decades of continued dedicated service to our nation.
“Renaming one of the most iconic landmarks in Wales is a fitting way to formally recognise his commitment and dedication to Wales and the UK as the Prince of Wales.
“We look forward to marking the occasion at a special event later this year when the new Prince of Wales Bridge and its sister bridge will be seen as positive symbols of a newly invigorated economic and social partnership between south Wales and south west England and the strength of the United Kingdom.”
Plaid Ifanc have condemned the renaming of the second Severn Crossing