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Watch: The Red Wall gathers for pop-up gig at giant bucket hat in Doha

25 Nov 2022 4 minute read
Cymru fans gather for a concert in Doha this morning (Credit: FAW)

It’s at this stage of the World Cup you can come to two conclusiuons.

1. Dafydd Iwan is having the time of his life.

2. The Red Wall has now transformed into a giant choir.

These two inescapable facts were on full show this morning, when hundreds of members of The Red Wall gathered for an impromptu gig with Dafydd Iwan, The Barry Horns and the Urdd Choir at the giant Wales bucket hat positioned on the Corniche in Doha.

As you can see from the clips, everyone was in fine voice. Well, we’re the Land of Song, it would be a travesty if they weren’t.

The extraordinary reinvention of Dafydd Iwan’s Yma o Hyd has taken on a new form after being adopted as an anthem for striking postal workers.

The song was used by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) as part of its ongoing dispute with Royal Mail.

The union posted a video on its social channels on the eve of two days of industrial action which has seen 115,000 postal workers walkout in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

The video shows a slideshow of images of postal workers showing solidarity with each other as Yma o Hyd plays in the background.

And now a new video has come to light of postal workers blasting out the song on a picket line in London.

It’s yet another remarkable moment for Dafydd Iwan’s song, which is the official World Cup song of the Wales football squad, having taken on a life of its own since being sung at Wales international matches.

Dafydd Iwan said he was proud that the Communication Workers Union were using the song.

“I fully support the postal workers in their demands and struggles for a fair deal,” he said.

“We need to respect all our public servants in these difficult times.

“I am proud that they are using Yma o Hyd to show they are still here and fighting.”

A Communication Workers Union spokesperson added: “Yma o Hyd is one of the most stirring songs ever composed about staying strong and standing firm against forces who want to rob people of their dignity and self-respect.

“This message isn’t lost on posties playing this song on picket lines as they go up in their thousands against some of Britain’s most powerful men.”

The postal dispute comes as Royal Mail senior management presented take-it-or-leave-it proposals to the CWU this week. The proposals were described by Royal Mail as a “final and best offer” to workers.

In response CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said: “We are disappointed that instead of reaching a compromise to avoid major disruption, Royal Mail have chosen to pursue such an aggressive strategy.

“We will not accept that 115,000 Royal Mail workers – the people who kept us connected during the pandemic, and made millions in profit for bosses and shareholders – take such a devastating blow to their livelihoods.

“These proposals spell the end of Royal Mail as we know it, and its degradation from a national institution into an unreliable, Uber-style gig economy company.

“Make no mistake about it: British postal workers are facing an Armageddon moment.

“We urge every member of the public to stand with their postie, and back them like never before.”

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Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
1 year ago

Pleased to see the anti-happiness Qatari “authorities” didn’t clamp down on people having fun in their joyless dustbowl. (Let’s be honest, it’s not like Y Cymry aren’t long experienced in celebrating under the mirthless gaze of an oppressive regime).
There were some REALLY lovely harmonies going on there, especially from the ladies. Brought a proud tear to my eye.
Sing on Red Wall, Sing on!!

Last edited 1 year ago by Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
1 year ago

Oh. Looks like one downvoter doesn’t like singing

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