The bards of Gorsedh Kernow to honour Helston mum Ingrid Loyau-Kennett
HELSTON heroine Ingrid Loyau-Kennett is to be presented with another honour - this time by the bards of Gorsedh Kernow.
The mum made international headlines when she faced the alleged killers of Drummer Lee Rigby in the streets of Woolwich back in May.
Ms Loyau-Kennett, who is half French, was widely praised and was recently awarded a bravery medal by the French Government.
Last week, the West Briton revealed that she has also been asked to take part in two national awards ceremonies, that each recognise inspirational women in the UK.
Now, Ms Loyau-Kennett will be invited into the circle of robed Cornish bards at their Open Gorsedh ceremony in Penryn next Saturday, September 7. She will be handed a certificate of ’exceptional endeavour’ in representing Cornwall.
Ms Loyau-Kennett, who moved to the county in 2006 and lives in Bulwark Road, said she was stunned at receiving another honour.
She has always maintained that she acted instinctively in rushing to the aid of Drummer Rigby, as he lay bleeding in the street after being attacked.
It was then that she was challenged by his two alleged killers.
She tried to reason with the men, before the police arrived, and was praised for “standing up to terrorism” by David Cameron. the men are awaiting trial.
Ms Loyau-Kennett said: “I think you should stand up for your rights and stand up for the way you think things should be.
“May be that is the message people want to send by nominating me for these awards.”
She said she was proud to be given recognition by Cornwall for her actions.
Next month, she has been invited to join 400 inspirational women for the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards Ceremony in London.
Another ceremony, the Vitalise Women of the Year Awards Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, has also nominated her for a bravery award. The winners will also be announced next month.