Source: The West Briton
World first for factory as tour conducted in Cornish
A CORNISH factory which exports farm machinery around the globe scored a world first – a tour guided entirely in the local tongue.
Staff at Teagle, Blackwater, welcomed families, Scouts, and others to their open day, raising more than £780 in the process for the Greenpower Racing Projects at Richard Lander School, Mithian Primary School and Mount Hawke Academy.
And one tour on the day was conducted entirely in Cornish for the Agan Tavas language support group, by Tristan Chubb, who works in the Teagle welding shop. Members of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies also visited.
There was also a barbecue, traditional games and go-kart demonstrations.
The 70-year-old company was supported by local agricultural dealers which lent tractors and donated raffle prizes.
Ray Tubb, Agan Tavas secretary, said: "This is probably the first time that a factory visit has been conducted in Cornish. The visit was conducted by Trystan Chubb, an employee of Teagle, and a speaker of Cornish as a first language.
"Trystan explained the entire manufacturing process from delivery of the steel to testing of the final product.
"If Cornish is to maintain its place as a living language, then it must be used in every aspect of life today and the visit to Teagle certainly helped to ensure this."
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