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Hunger Strike for Welsh Language protestors - The Sixties

Duration: 02:24

With concern for the Welsh language mounting in the 60s, Welsh language campaigners go on hunger strike. Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society) held its first official protest on 2 February 1963 in Aberystwyth. Some 40 members and supporters sat in the middle of the road on Trefechan bridge, stopping the traffic for half an hour. The Welsh Language Act was passed, giving some legal protection for the use of Welsh in official government business. Prior to the Act, only the English language could be spoken at government and court proceedings.

From 'The Sixties'. Vincent Kane offers a personal view of the 1960s in Wales, taking in political developments over the years, key news stories and sensitivities regarding the Welsh language.

Available since: Wed 15 Jun 2011


Vincent Kane
Ednyfed Davies
Henry Brooke, Lord Brooke of Cumnor
Richard Burton
Catrin Daniel
Goronwy Daniel
Gwynfor Evans
Michael Foot
James Griffiths
Dafydd Iwan
Emyr Llewelyn Jones
Derrik Mercer
Keith Rowlands
Gareth Price

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The Sixties

Vincent Kane offers a personal view of the 1960s in Wales.

First broadcast: 26 Dec 1969

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