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Council declines Tory calls for big-screen coverage of Coronation

07 Apr 2023 2 minute read
Sam Rowlands MS (L) and Tom Giffard MS

Bruce Sinclair, local democracy reporter 

Pembrokeshire Council has rejected a Welsh Conservatives call to organise big screen displays of  the forthcoming Coronation across the county

A letter was sent to Council Leader David Simpson by Welsh Conservatives, Shadow Minister for Local Government Sam Rowlands MS and Shadow Minister for Culture Tourism and Sport Tom Giffard MS.

The letter, shared on social media, read: “To enable everyone across the country to take part in the events over the weekend of May 6 and 7, the BBC will be suspending the licence fee as part of a one-off dispensation.

“This move will allow venues across Wales to screen the live coronation ceremony and the coronation concert.

“In light of this, we believe this would be an exciting opportunity for local councils and community groups to broadcast the historic events in town centres and other public spaces via big screens.

“Hopefully your authority will be able to put in place such a screening, along with other activities, to bring together the community on what will be a very special occasion.

“We look forward to hearing from you on what events you will have in place and if you need any further assistance we would be delighted to help.”

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman said: “In a geographically large county like Pembrokeshire with many towns and villages, events for the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla are felt to be better suited to being arranged around local circumstances and for town and community councils to arrange or for local residents to organise street parties as has become the tradition in celebration of momentous royal events.”


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Gareth
Gareth
10 months ago

Why dont the Tory party use some of the money they have received from Russia, to erect the screens themselves, not ask the taxpayer to foot the bill, for a Tory unionist “knees up”. They could do it in local Tory party clubs.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Is that why the back bar of the Con Club is known as the ‘Kremlin’…

Better to stream the musical Owain Glyndwr across Cymru and the rest of the World…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Museum Wales Treasures at risk…

Anything of historical worth that could be nicked by Cardiff from the rest of Cymru now needs £65 million to protect them…

Mr D make our treasures your priority, before you waste anymore of our money on baubles, Certainly before they are sold off to the lowest bidder by Cardiff Council…

Last edited 10 months ago by Mab Meirion
Riki
Riki
10 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

The irony of these comments about Russia is that they aren’t the bad guys! It’s western powers who want to break Russia up! Starting with the expelling of Russian speakers in the east of Ukraine. I agree, We shouldn’t have an English monarchy, you’d think the Welsh would be in favour of a nation protecting their own people (Ancestral or otherwise). Alas, it seems the Welsh are very much in favour of the Anglo world view that there should not be a Russia. Let’s not forget, this started in 2014 with the overthrow of a pro Russian President.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
10 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Exactly. Why don’t all Royal butt kissing Tory sycophants pile into their local grovelling subservience club to fawn over it and leave the rest of us self respecting upstanding citizens in peace?

Y Gwir
Y Gwir
10 months ago

Exciting opportunity?! Nobody cares.

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
10 months ago

Damn, I won’t be able to see it while I’m on my 3 day solo camping trip up the Brecon Beacons, such a shame😉

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
10 months ago
Reply to  Alan Jones

Can I come and pitch a tent next to yours?

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
10 months ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

Yes of course, everyone welcome, just leave the coronation merch at home is all I humbly ask.😊😎.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
10 months ago

Where are community councils going to find around £1500 a screen hire after 13 years of Tory austerity and an economy rapidly becoming Fourth World?

There are 67 community councils in Pembs. You would be hard pressed to locate that many “big screens” in all of Wales.

Richard 1
Richard 1
10 months ago

“majority”? You’ll get the data from the Telegraph, I suppose.

Gareth
Gareth
10 months ago

Nice trolling, you raise that glass, and maybe one for the kings sex offender brother.

Riki
Riki
10 months ago

Good! Aren’t the Tories aware that the institution they are so in love with, and want a celebration of, had a hand in the eradication of the actual British monarchs? Yes, these are Germanic monarchs of England who weren’t even on the island when it was carried out, however, they haven’t put any of the wrongs right, in fact, they compounded it by keeping the false tradition of A Prince of Wales being appointed by an English institution with little to no authority to do so.

Riki
Riki
10 months ago

It’s not about left or right! It’s about not having a foreign Germanic monarchy thrusted upon the Native populace of Britain. What sort of self respecting people would want to be ruled by a foreign entity? The English are Anglo, haven’t you heard?! They are not British! And neither is their monarchy!

Last edited 10 months ago by Riki
Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
10 months ago
Reply to  Riki

Don’t forget, you can express your opposition to the English shindig with a t shirt or poster. #Not My King! Available from Republic for smallish fee. They also do quite a number of good books that demolish the Monarchy in England. Yes, I must confess to not being wholly objective since I was involved in getting one of those books published.

Rob
Rob
10 months ago

So they want the Kings Coronation rammed down our throat, but we can’t have St Davids Day as a Bank Holiday?

Riki
Riki
10 months ago
Reply to  Rob

That’s because we are propagandised just as much as those “Dictatorships”” we constantly hear about.

Karl
Karl
10 months ago

Nothing exciting about a coronation of an occupying evil monarchy, that has stolen for long enough.

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