After the census result showed a fall of 3.6 percent of those who can spel Welsh and 4.6 of those who can read and write the Language the reality of this problem has been brought home home when Dr Robyn Lewis, a former Archdruid of literary group the Gorsedd, told the Cambrian News he felt "humiliated" after Police officers were called to the store merely because he "wanted to be spoken to in his own language."
The ruckus occurred at the Spar in Pwllheli, after the 83-year-old was told to pay £58.62 for his groceries. He told the BBC he was shocked to hear the amount spoken in English rather than the Welsh number "pum-deg-wyth punt, chwedeg-dau".
The Archdruid was aggravated further when a police officer arrived, who also had no knowledge of Welsh . So a backup was called the situation was resolved: i through the Welsh Language
Dr Lewis told the BBC:
"It was sorted out by me being given another Welsh-speaking cashier whom I spoke entirely in Welsh.
"I paid and left. Honour was satisfied.
"All I wanted was an answer in my own language, in my own country."
The manager of the Spar, Conrad Davies, told Cambrian News:
"The customer was not happy so we had to call the police as he refused to pay for his goods.But it even seems that the cashier may have spoken fluent Welsh. If the situation was blown out of proportion it was when the manager called the police
"The situation was completely blown out of proportion and left our member of staff extremely upset."
Lets be clear this was in "Pwllheli" .If you can't use Welsh in Pwllheli where can you ? And if you can't expect to speak to a Police Officer in the Language you brought up in on the The Llŷn Peninsula then there is a serious problem in how to encourage the everyday use of the Welsh Language in its very heartland.
The Spar in Pwllhelli have shown that we need to ensure that in Y Fro Gymrarg at the very least Welsh Speakers can use that Language naturally in their every day. lives
Robyn Lewis has shown us a glance the extent of the problem affecting Welsh Speakers in its very heartland if you can't pop unto a shop and use the Language in its very heartland then the decline will be accelerated as it was in the South Wales Valleys after the first world war.