To mark St David's Day 2023, local Member of the Senedd, Gareth Davies celebrated the annual Welsh celebration of our patron saint by speaking the Welsh Language in the Senedd chamber.
March 1st is St. Davids Day, the national day of Wales and has been celebrated as such since the 12th Century. The celebrations usually involve the singing of traditional songs followed by a Te Bach, a tea with bara brith (famous welsh fruited bread) and teisen bach (welsh cake).
Mr Davies spoke in a debate on the Welsh Language itself and expressed the importance of learning the language and making sure that the language continues to grow and is available for many generations to come.
Speaking after the debate in the Senedd, Mr Davies said, "to be honest I find it difficult speaking Welsh as it takes all of my resources as I lack the confidence to speak it officially in a public capacity all of the time. Despite this I'm determined to get better at speaking the language and believe the more I do it the better I get, and it will also encourage others to take up the Welsh Language or improve the skills they already have."
Mr Davies added:
"The Welsh Language is one of the oldest languages in the world and I was hugely proud to speak it in the Senedd chamber on our national day of celebration. I'd encourage anyone to take up learning the language and to get in touch with their local tutor or education facility."