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The co-founder of a popular St David’s parade told of his shock after being banned from making speeches at the next march.
Adam Phillips was instrumental in launching the Wrexham parade, which this year, its third, attracted 1,500 marchers and a 5,000 strong crowd.
But he has now received a letter from Wrexham council chiefs telling him he is banned from speaking at next year’s event because of a gesture and comments he made during his speech.
It is claimed the 39-year-old made an inappropriate salute during the Welsh national anthem.
“I couldn’t believe it when I received the letter, I was really shocked and angry,” he said. “During the anthem I punched the air in pride, caught up in the emotion.
“I also said, ‘remember to vote in the referendum – Yes?’ It wasn’t meant to be a statement telling people which way to vote. I also said ‘remember Wrexham is a town not a city’ – the crowd were loving it.”
“Several people were offended by your ‘clenched fist’ salute, perceiving it to be aggressive and inappropriate,” read the letter