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Royal wedding alternative option at Machynlleth
Royal wedding mugs
Organisers said it was a chance to escape the 'razzle dazzle'

A Welsh cultural group has set up an alternative event for those who want to avoid The Royal Wedding

Balchder Cymru (Pride of Wales) has organised an Escape The Wedding Camp at a campsite near Machynlleth.

Organisers are also considering staging a march through Machynlleth on the day when Prince William and Kate Middleton get married on 29 April 2011.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House, on behalf of Prince William, said she did not wish to comment on the matter.

The five day anti-wedding event takes place between 28 April and 1 May 2011.

When he found out that my wife was French The Duke of Edinburgh told her 'you used to chop our heads off
Ralph Beaumont

Balchder Cymru member, Adam Phillips, said that the organisation had chosen a location near Machynlleth to hold its camp because of the area's connections with Owain Glyndŵr.

"Glyndŵr was crowned Prince of Wales when the first Welsh Parliament was held at Machynlleth in 1404," said Mr Phillips.

"As far as Balchder Cymru is concerned Glyndŵr was the last Prince of Wales and we do not recognise Prince Charles as the true Prince of Wales."

Owain Glyndŵr
Owain Glyndŵr was crowned Prince of Wales in 1404

Balchder Cymru was set up 10 years ago to organise events and rallies to promote Welsh consciousness.

"We are giving people an opportunity to escape the razzle dazzle and media hype that will take place when the wedding takes place," said Mr Phillips.

"Not everyone will be celebrating this wedding because the taxpayer is footing the bill during a time of recession and cutbacks.

"We intend to set up a bonfire and a good old-fashioned working class knees up during the wedding weekend.

"And we may hold a march through Machynlleth on the day of the wedding."

The camp will be based at Llwyngwern Farm, a campsite near The Centre for Alternative Technology at Pantperthog.

The site's owner, Ralph Beaumont, said that he would be happy to host the camp.

Prince Williams and Kate Middleton
Mr Beaumont said he might be too busy to celebrate the wedding

"I am not going to turn them away because they might hold different views to my own," said Mr Beaumont.

"Balchder Cymru have stayed here before to celebrate Glyndŵr Day and they are lovely people."

Mr Beaumont said he would probably be too busy to celebrate the wedding.

"I have nothing against the Royal Family myself and I might have a little celebration.

"In fact my wife once met the Duke of Edinburgh several years ago.

"When he found out that my wife was French The Duke of Edinburgh told her 'you used to chop our heads off'."

A spokesman at Clarence House, the official residence of The Prince of Wales and Prince William, said they did not wish to comment on the Escape The Wedding Camp.

Machynlleth town councillor, Gill Baldwin, said: "I would think it would be in pretty poor taste if they decided to hold a march through Machynlleth on the day of the Royal Wedding.

"I'm a great believer in Royalty and they do a lot for this country."

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