Welsh language storm in a T-shirt

Reporter:

Shane Brennan

A BALA business has turned other people’s “annoyance” at the Welsh language into a business opportunity.

Clothing firm Cowbois has produced a T-shirt in response to a radio phone in show that sparked controversy.

The tee shirt reads “It’s Wales, we speak Welsh, get over it.’”

The shirt has been produced in reaction to a number of incidents including a shop worker in Cardiff tweeting his annoyance at having to serve Welsh speaking customers and a BBC phone in which asked “Does the Welsh language annoy you? Why?”

Partner in the business, Wyn ap Gwilym produced the design at the beginning of last week and put it on Facebook.

The response to the design was overwhelming.

Mr ap Gwilym said: “In this day and age I don’t think there is a need for this kind of debate. I think most people are accepting of Welsh. But I saw the reaction to the stories last week and I put something on Facebook and the response was pretty positive. We had responses from people from all over Wales, English and Welsh speakers alike. Over 20,000 people have been on the Facebook page. We have also been contacted by companies in Ireland and Catalonia who were interested in having Catalan and Irish versions of the shirts. It has really hit a cord with people.

The tee shirts will be on sale on our website and Awen Merion by the end of the week.”

Glyndwr University student Delyth Jones models for the Cowbois catalogue,
Welcoming the opportunity to express pride in Welsh culture, she said: “Welsh is my first language my whole family speak I love Wales so I ‘m proud to wear a T-shirt that reflects that.”

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