Massive rural rally in Wales

5 November 1999

Massive rural rally in Wales

A MARCH by people who work, live and enjoy themselves in the Welsh countryside will end with the biggest rural rally ever seen in Cardiff.

This is the confident prediction of the organisers of the Welsh event following the massive Countryside Alliance organised demonstration in Exeter.

They also anticipate good support along the 120-mile route of the march from Machynlleth in Powys.

The trek began on Wednesday at Owain Glendwrs parliament building and will end at 3pm on Nov 10 at the temporary home of the National Assembly of Wales. During the first four days marchers will visit Llanidloes, Rhayader and Builth Wells en route to Brecon market, where a short rally will be held on Sunday morning.

The walkers will then cross the Brecon Beacons to stop overnight at Merthyr Tydfil. From there the stops will be at Pontypridd and Castell Coch. On the final leg to Cardiff Bay the core walkers should be joined by thousands of supporters.

As at the start and in Brecon, speakers representing farming organisations and rural industries will join field sports enthusiasts and representatives of the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru on the platform.

Farming unions have made it clear that they will be protesting against the collapse of the rural economy, and not specifically in favour of hunting with hounds. "Our speakers will be drawing attention to the terrible damage done to farming and ancillary industries, but individual members, including those in favour of field sports, are free to show their backing for the initiative at any stage," said an FUW spokesman.

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