'Proud' Welsh farmer urges national park bosses to call nation's tallest peak Yr Wyddfa

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SnowDON’T! ‘Proud’ Welsh farmer urges national park bosses to call nation’s tallest peak Yr Wyddfa out of ‘respect for the language’

  • Councillor John Pughe Roberts, 58, is set to bring the motion forward today   
  • Mr Roberts represents Corris and Mawddwy on Gwynedd county council 
  • He also wants to rename Snowdonia National Park the Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri

A Welsh farmer is set to urge national park bosses to rename Snowdon, the nation’s tallest peak, Yr Wyddfa out of ‘respect for the language’. 

Councillor John Pughe Roberts, 58, who represents Corris and Mawddwy as an independent on Gwynedd county council, is set to bring the motion forward.   

A notice of motion to Snowdonia National Park Authority states: ‘That the authority hereafter uses only the authority’s Welsh name for the authority and that this becomes relevant in any language i.e. ”Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri” and never uses ”Snowdonia National Park” again. 

A Welsh farmer is set to urge national park bosses to rename Snowdon, the nation's tallest peak, Yr Wyddfa out of 'respect for the language'

A Welsh farmer is set to urge national park bosses to rename Snowdon, the nation’s tallest peak, Yr Wyddfa out of ‘respect for the language’

Yesterday the farmer, who said he had never belonged to a political party or Welsh language campaign group, explained his thinking as being all down to respect

Yesterday the farmer, who said he had never belonged to a political party or Welsh language campaign group, explained his thinking as being all down to respect

‘The same should apply to ”Yr Wyddfa” – never to use the name ”Snowdon” for it again.’ 

Councillor John Pughe Roberts, 58, who represents Corris and Mawddwy as an independent on Gwynedd county council, is set to bring the motion forward

Councillor John Pughe Roberts, 58, who represents Corris and Mawddwy as an independent on Gwynedd county council, is set to bring the motion forward

Yesterday the farmer, who said he had never belonged to a political party or Welsh language campaign group, explained his thinking as being all down to respect. 

He said: ‘Members of the authority complain about people coming here and changing house names to English ones. 

‘I say we should lead by example. I’m proud of being a Welshman and it’s my first language so I say we should respect it.

‘If you go to France or Italy or any other country they respect their language and we should do the same.’

However history may not be on the side of the councillor. Some years ago the authority decided to refer to its second highest mountain, Cader Idris, as Cadair Idris. 

But it then reverted to the original name after complains from locals and historians.

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