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pix by Mike Chappell show Redruth Pirans

by Tony Leamon

On Saturday 1st March, something remarkable happened across Cornwall and in particular where I celebrated St Pirans Day – in Redruth. .

First hundreds, then thousands turned out to celebrate our national patron saint.

To see so many was astonishing.

People from all ethnic and national backgrounds, people of all colours, people of many differing religious beliefs, young and not so young.

I have never heard so many different languages spoken – Cornish, English, Polish, Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish and more.

All these folks gathered in celebration of the great National Saint of Cornwall, an inclusive Saint and unlike some with warlike and aggressive overtones, a man of peace.

After the Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorseth and the Mayor of Redruth had made their short speeches, all these peoples gathered in the singing of ‘Trelawny’.

Some had tears in their eyes with pride.

St Piran brought the people of Redruth together that day.

This inclusive Cornish event was truly a wonder, a sign that Cornish culture is freely available to all, whether they be Cornish or from elsewhere.

Many could learn much from this for once again, the Cornish lead the way in community building and there is much benefit to be had from this.

Many congratulations to Redruth and to its Town Council and organisers of this event.

I feel nothing but a sense of pride having participated in this wonderful day.

Posted by on March 1, 2014. Filed under CORNISH NATION,NEWS. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Responses to FOR ONE AND ALL

  1. Andy Pengelly

    March 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Brilliantly written, brilliantly said, brilliant photographs.

    Proper job one and all – Kernow bys vykken!

  2. Cherry Hall

    March 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Cornish descendants all over the world also celebrate St,Piran’s Day…here in South Australia, large copper deposits discovered in the 1840’s…brought Cornish Hard Rock miners and their families to Australia; Their descendants are as proud to be Cornish!
    Kernow bys Vyken!

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