1283 - 1983.
It was some time before the officials realized what we were up to and many of the COFIWN members and supporters had got in before the main gate was locked – locking tourists inside as well as protesters. The remaining 500 protesters sat around the main gate for the afternoon and delivered speeches. The attack on the castle made the main English TV news that Saturday night much to our suprize!
We had made our point and continued to protest outside Anglo Norman castles throughout 1983.
However, Investitures aside, another one of course is 'on line' at some future date but I doubt if Cadw will be so insensitive again and organise another 'Festival of Castles. Indeed in 2004 when Embassy Glyndwr with Gwynedd Patriots were organising commemoration of Owain Glyndwr rising up his 'Golden Dragon' War banner atop Twt Hill on 2 Tachwedd 1401, the plan was to march from Twt Hill to 'Cofeb 1282' and on to the gates of Caernarfon Castle. We were taken aback when Cadw contacted local organisers and invited them to continue into the Castle to fly 'Baner Glyndwr' from the battlements, at same time Cadw agreed to fly 'Baner Glyndwr' on 16 Medi 'Dydd Glyndwr' at Castell Caernarfon. Following on this Cadw was contacted by Embassy Glyndwr and agreement was reached to fly 'Baneri Glyndwr' on this day at all ''Cadw Castles'' with a flag pole. How good can it get? We shall see, as in 2008 we mark the 725th anniversary of the ending of the war of 1282 - 83 and perhaps appropriate this time around for Cadw to organise the presenting of a "native version" of the years of conquest 1282 - 83 - 84. In this connection I inform Patriots of recent commemorations in America of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1806, it is interesting to note that organisers approached this historic event as a ‘Commemoration’ and not a ‘Festival’ (see discussions on this, on the web). Further, the commemoration was a dual one with "European America" organising their commemoration whilst ‘First Nation Peoples’ organised their own commemoration with their views on this historic event clearly presented. Sian Ifan of Embassy Glyndwr is proposing to Cadw that to mark the 725th anniversary of 1283, they and other bodies organise with Welsh Communities and Schools etc, that in 2008 the truth of 1282 – 3 – 4 conquest of Cymru is publically presented in a number of interesting ways in both the communities and Castles on Wales. Contact Sian Ifans at Embassy Glyndwr for further information regards this ‘Ysbryd Cofiwn’ Initiative, we also suggest you go search web for the ‘Lewis and Clark Expedition Commemoration 1806’ for a number of excellent ideas and some major initiatives.