Angry opponents of the British National Party have protested after the political group was allowed to run a stall at Vale of Glamorgan Show.
The show took place at Fonmon Castle on Wednesday and was attended by an estimated 25,000 people.
A spokeswoman for Plaid Cymru said: “We were very unhappy that the BNP was given official status at the show and permitted to distribute their material. When we protested, we were told by the show organisers that the BNP had as much right to be there as us. The concern is that the BNP is seeking to make itself appear respectable, and in future will try to get admission to the Royal Welsh and the National Eisteddfod.”
Bethan Roberts, who is campaigning to be Labour’s next parliamentary candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan, said: “The BNP’s presence at the Vale Show is deeply disturbing.”
Darron Dupre, from the anti-fascist group Searchlight Cymru, said: “The BNP has taken a small stall at the Vale of Glamorgan show for a few years now. We have asked the event organisers more than once in that time whether it is appropriate to take money from them. Their response has always been the same – the BNP is a legal political party. Searchlight Cymru has absolutely no interest in helping the BNP to gain sympathy or be portrayed as victims by causing a scene at a family fun event, not least when the electorate in Vale of Glamorgan consistently rejects the message of the BNP.”
Nicola Gibson, the show secretary, said: “So far as we are concerned, the BNP is a registered political party. It is not for us to deny them the right to a stall.”
The BNP’s deputy leader and press officer Simon Darby did not return our call.