Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Gorseth Kernow Red Orbit:

The bustling streets of East and West Looe came to a standstill on Saturday morning as a procession of around 70 blue-robed Bards brought their message of Cornish unity to the twin ports.

In bright sunshine, members of Gorsedh Kernow, led by piper Merv Davey, temporarily halted trade as shoppers - many wearing bemused expressions - watched the spectacle.

With its roots in ancient times, Gorsedh Kernow is an organisation dedicated to the preservation of Cornwall's identity and distinctiveness through literature, language, music and the arts, and the recognition of all forms of important service to its people.

Each year a Gorsedh ceremony is held in a different part of Cornwall - and Saturday's event represented the formal adoption of Looe as the venue for this year's full gathering, on September 6…

… The entire ceremony is conducted in Kernewek - the Cornish language - and as tradition dictates, the circle of Bards are asked first by their Herald to announce the call of the Gorsedh to all points of Cornwall...

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