Thousands have filled the streets of Bangor to march in support for Welsh Independence. The cathedral city is a sea of flags and banners for the rally organised by YesCymru and AUOBCymru. Campaingners have been gathering since late morning with the march expected to start after 1pm.

They take a route through Bangor High Street, onto Glynne Road, and then down Deiniol Road before returning to Glanrafon Car Park for a rally. There will be music and guest speakers including Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, Sera Cracroft, Joseph Gnagbo, Bryn Fôn, Fleur De Lys.

Geraint Thomas, one of the event organisers said: “I’m delighted that Gwynedd will once again play host to the AUOBCymru and YesCymru march for independence. With over 8,000 attendees at the march in Caernarfon back in 2019, we are hopeful to surpass that figure in Bangor this time.”

LIVE: Thousands march for Welsh Independence in Bangor – North Wales Live (

TAP – The Welsh are teaching the English which way our future must also lie.  We all need to be independent of the Untidy Kondom, which has given away our freedom to corrupt and murderous world government bodies, like the UN, EU, WEF, WHO and many other combinations of letters all determined to end our existence as a nation.  Wake up England.  Stay Free another thousand years.  Why should Wales have all the fun?  The English white dragon is also awakening.

Previous marches have been held in Caernarfon, Merthyr Tydfil, Wrexham, Cardiff, and most recently, Swansea. The largest of these, in Cardiff, was said to have have attracted “up to 10,000 participants”.

READ MORE: Campaign launched to refer to Anglesey by its Welsh name only

READ MORE: Salvage Hunter Drew Pritchard born to find gold in junk is ‘starting again from scratch’

Making its debut today was a roaring 10 metre-long Welsh dragon made by artist-led organisation Small World Theatre. Designed to make loud “roars”, it fired up a crowd that hardly needed rousing.

Actress Sera Cracroft, who was among the speakers, said it was an unforgettable event. “The dragon is a symbol of our fiery spirit and our unwavering commitment to an independent Wales,” she said.

Today’s march and rally was organised by YesCymru and All Under One Banner Cymru. It was the sixth in a series that has been attracting greater support over time.

Independence supporters unfurl their flags
Independence supporters unfurl their flags (Image: Arwyn Roberts/North Wales Live)


Some 2,000 participants were involved in the first, in Cardiff in May 2019. Later that year, Caernarfon drew more than 8,000 people according to organisers, and 5,000 people according to police.

Subsequent marches were cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. After a three-year break, organisers estimated 8,000 attendees marched in Wrexham in July 2022, followed by around 10,000 people in Cardiff in October. Another march, in Swansea earlier this year, was said to have been supported by 7,000 people.

Mr ap Iorwerth said: “Once, the idea of independence was ridiculed, but now it is a prominent part of our national political discourse. I am convinced that only the people of Wales can build a fairer nation, and spur us to be much more ambitious in order to secure the future of our children and grandchildren.”

Sign up for the North Wales Live newsletter sent twice daily to your inbox

An August poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies showed growing support for a referendum on Welsh independence being held in the next year. Equal numbers of those polled favoured and opposed the idea (34%) but the figures showed a swing towards the Yes campaign.

Support for independence is noticeably greater among young people, the poll found. Those aged 18 to 24 (41%) and between 25 to 34 (51%) would vote “yes”. Most of those aged 45 to 54 (62%), 55 to 64 (56%), and 65-plus (64%) would vote “no” in a referendum.