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Racism rap for drunken wedding guest after anti-English rant

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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A DRUNKEN Swansea wedding guest who insulted some of the other English guests has been convicted of a racism offence.

Phillip Pritchard, 32, was on a coach home from a plush wedding in Brecon when he started singing anti-English songs.

A court heard Pritchard of Tynywaun Road, Llansamlet, was "winding up" some of the wedding guests who travelled from England for the ceremony.

But another Welshman on the coach objected to Pritchard's taunts and a "heated row" erupted.

The coach driver was forced to pull over into a lay-by where he called the police.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said: "The passengers had been to a wedding reception when Pritchard began singing rugby songs.

"He then started singing: 'I'd rather cut my f****** arm off than be English'.

"Passenger Gwyn Richards felt it was abusive as there were people he knew to be English on the coach."

The court was told the wedding guests were on their way home from the luxury Peterstone Court Hotel in Brecon, when Pritchard started his anti-English abuse.

Father of two Pritchard admitted using racially aggravated threatening, insulting, abusive words or behaviour.

Lucinda Nicholls, defending, said: "He (Pritchard) was one of many guests at a wedding function and it appears they were all intoxicated to some extent.

"There was some banter between some English people and Mr Pritchard, who is Welsh.

"Rugby songs were chanted and he got carried away.

"Just to add to the unusualness of the situation, the complainant in the matter is Welsh, not English, but felt other people on the bus would take offence."

Pritchard was given a 12-month conditional discharge with costs of £150 by Brecon magistrates.

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  • gorseboy  |  November 29 2012, 4:37PM

    maxim You are partly right in that it does describe Saxon,I've never known it to describe Enemy for which gelyn is the Welsh noun. Perhaps muckywind can advise which is correct?

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  • gorseboy  |  November 29 2012, 4:33PM

    godisalie My definition taken from Collins-Spurrell WELSH Dictionary 1972 edition page154;Seisnig adjective (ansoddair) to describe the Language.Saesneg is the noun for English. Why not try to ignore my comments as you did say you would,instead of trying to insult me at every opportunity?

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  • maxmin  |  November 28 2012, 10:47AM

    I believe the Welsh word 'Sais' originally meant 'Saxon' or 'Enemy'. Only in recent times have the Welsh tried to say it actually means English.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  November 28 2012, 9:34AM

    Gorseboy, don't try and make out that Rugby has no racism... it is rife amongst fans of that sport! I was racially abused by my own countrymen for having an English relative, your sport is abhorrent and for as long you continue to not care about that the longer it will remain a minority sport. There is no way most other developed nations will want to promote it when their is such racial hatred embedded in it's fans.

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  • godisalie  |  November 28 2012, 12:35AM

    Gorseboy give it up, you're getting worse. Your English is bad enough and as for your Welsh, well - Seisnig =English Language. I don't think so. Do you want to double check?

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  • GSVale  |  November 28 2012, 12:01AM

    @Carl09 "That's the Stereophonics in trouble then." Lol one of my English friends loves that song, he's always singing it, no national pride that's the trouble with the English. Like many have said if this was the English taking the mick out of the Welsh, nothing would have come of it. How many times have you seen Welsh, Scottish, Irish celebrities interviewed on TV and radio, it never takes long for the interviewer to start ripping them about their accents or where they come from. Charlotte Church was recently on TV promoting her new album, it dint take long for the "Ohhh there's lovely" and "Boyyo" to start slipping in from the interviewer. Some on here will argue that is mockery or even racism. Obviously the media doesn't think it is, or it wouldn't be broadcast.

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  • HaroldMonk  |  November 27 2012, 9:47PM

    The song he sung - to what tune was it?

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  • gorseboy  |  November 27 2012, 8:37PM

    philosoraptor Sais = Englishman. Seisnig =English Language. Rugby is renown for it's ribald songs,which in the main are meant to be humorous. The banter between fans though sometimes coarse is not to be taken seriously. As for racism you could turn your attention to our Soccer supporters,where comments racial and abusive are a weekly occurrence.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  November 27 2012, 7:11PM

    Whilst there is much talk of football and racism, I am surprised there is little talk about the rampant racism amongst fans of rugby. The level of racism between the "home nations" is on a level equal to Eastern Bloc football, I avoid rugby at all costs because xenophobia is rampant and the authorities are intentionally not doing anything about it. What is that word most Welsh speaking rugby fans use? Siess? Is that how it's spelt? They are so racist towards England and anything English that I have been called that in a malicious manner simply because my Grand Father was born in England, I will not give full four letter word that began with a C that was used in conjunction with that welsh word for English people. I am not surpsied at all that a Rugby fan has ended up in the news for racism charges, if everyone of them was booked then hundreds of thousands would be charged on a weekly basis during the Six Nations.... in Wales alone.

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  • Scooter22  |  November 27 2012, 6:30PM

    Grow up!

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