|Hymn sheet ahead of Ireland v Wales|
|Hymn sheet ahead of Scotland v England|
Scotland also has no official anthem. 'Flower of Scotland' is used as the defacto anthem and has been used as the rugby anthem since 1990 before their match against England which saw them win the Grand Slam, it was later adopted by the SFA to use before football matches in 1997.
|Hymn sheet ahead of France v Italy|
So what about ours? 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' is the defacto national anthem of Wales. This means it is not official. This is something I hadn't ever thought about before, our anthem is something we take for granted. And since Wales is, unfortunately, a part of the UK that means we also have GSTQ as a defacto national anthem too. Thankfully the days of us having GSTQ forced upon us before sporting fixtures are over.
The above video clip is from Wales v France in 1968. The commentary is in French, the commentator is attempting to explain why the crowd is booing GSTQ before suddenly bursting into a raptorous rendition of 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau'. The ground even had to have the union rag raised. This is why people still boo that dirge to this day, it's not because we're anti-English, it's because we are against the imperialism that forced this anthem, flag and the colonialism that go with them upon us.
So that is where the petition comes in. I decided to petition the Senedd to make our defacto anthem our official national anthem. Raising the petition would have a few side benefits apart from the obvious benefit of having an official anthem. Firstly it tests the powers of the Senedd. Secondly it would expose any anti-Wales or anti-Welsh politicians for what they are if they went against it. Thirdly it would relegate GSTQ since that would remain only the defacto anthem of the UK whilst ours becomes our one and only official anthem. And who knows, maybe it might even inspire other countries to get themselves an official anthem.
I'll post more about this in the week and thanks to the translation service provided by the always helpful clerks at the petitions department I'll be able to post one yn Gymraeg. But for now I just wanted to explain why I raised it, if you would like to sign the petition on the Senedd website to call for 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau' to be the official national anthem of Wales, please click through these links and sign.
Cymraeg - https://www.assemblywales.org/cy/e-petitions/epetition-list-of-signatories.htm?pet_id=971
English - https://www.assemblywales.org/epetition-list-of-signatories.htm?pet_id=971
And if you want an easy to remember link to share then it's bit.ly/gwladgwlad.
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