Society puts long history of proud Cornwall on show
An organisation that prides itself on collecting, preserving and treasuring the many aspects of Cornish heritage met for its annual conference at the weekend.
More than 140 members of Old Cornwall societies from all over the region were in Liskeard to discuss the past year's developments and successes.
Under the umbrella of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, each of the many groups' recorders reported to delegates.
Liskeard Public Hall was decked out with 47 colourful banners from Helston to Torpoint, Penzance to Padstow, Launceston to Wadebridge, Mullion to Perranzabuloe.
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Former FOCS president Terry Knight explained that the organisation's motto was "gather the fragments that remain so that none shall be lost", which refers to the task of protecting Cornwall's culture and heritage from extinction.
Mr Knight added: "This work, which has continued for more than 90 years, has succeeded in creating an immensely valuable record. The event in Liskeard gave each society's recorder a chance to get together to discuss new projects and ideas."
The conference featured a number of stalls, including the FOCS's Cornish bookshop, along with exhibitions, displays of traditional Cornish dancing by Hevva and music from Gorsedh piper Merv Davey.
Among those present was Gorsedh Kernow Grand Bard Maureen Fuller, who praised the work of the many Old Cornwall societies. Most towns, as well as a number of villages, have OCS branches, which hold regular meetings and organise speakers and walks. For more information, visit: www.oldcornwall.org.