VIDEO: Cornish Gorsedh sees new bards welcomed
NEW bards were inaugurated at the annual Cornish Gorsedh held in Penryn yesterday.
A gathering of more than 120 bards took part in a procession at the the ceremony, which this year was held on the site of the old Glasney College, a church founded in 1265 that could be said to be Cornwall’s first university.
In a speech the Grand Bard Maureen Fuller talked of Falmouth's university and wider education.
“We stand here in a place heavy with Cornish history,” she said. “Today we now have here a university campus again, a little further up the hill.
Buy one get one free on main course and specials excludes fillet steaks and beef wellingtons
Must book to qualify and present voucher on arrival 01209860332
Contact: 01209 700617
Valid until: Wednesday, December 11 2013
"Penryn now has new students in its midst and at Tremough this week, we have officially opened the Gorsedh Kernow Bardic Collection, which holds books written by bards or about bards.
“Higher education has started in this place again, including Celtic studies,” she added.
However, the Grand Bard also said Cornish heritage should have more of a place in primary and secondary schools in the county.
“All children should be taught the history of where they live and given a sense of place,” she said.
“Let Cornish history be taught in all Cornish schools. It is the right of all Cornish children.”
Eighteen new bards were chosen at the event and were taken from areas such as Cornish wrestling, rugby, music, crafts and the promotion of culture.
Winners of a competition for people who wanted to pay tribute to Cornwall were also announced.
Categories ranged from poetry to essays and from photography to watercolour painting, with successful applicants hailing from the likes of London, York and Brittany.
A mother from Helston who has received a string of awards after facing the killers of a soldier in London was also presented with an honour.
Mum Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was acclaimed by the bards of Gorsedh Kernow for her brave actions in confronting after they had attacked Drummer Lee Rigby in the streets of Woolwich earlier this year.
Ms Loyau-Kennett, who lives in Heltson, is half French, and has been widely praised for her courage.
She was recently given a bravery medal by the French Government and has also been asked to take part in two national awards ceremonies recognising inspirational women.