From the Western Morning News:
The build-up to one of the most important days on the Cornish cultural calendar has got under way.
The Gorsedh Kernow Proclamation ceremony was held at newly restored Rendel Park in Torpoint. The event heralds the unique open air Cornish Bardic ceremony in the autumn, which is part of a tradition of preserving the history and culture of a Celtic people through poetry, song, dance, music, art and spoken word.
Maureen Fuller, Grand Bard of Cornwall, said: “The proclamation heralds the coming of the Gorsedh later in the year.”
She said it began with a procession of about 50 Bards in their distinctive blue robes, together with Torpoint’s Mayor and Mayoress and local girl Rosie Hortop, who was chosen to be this year’s Lady of the Flowers.”
After a short procession to Rendel Park, at Torpoint’s water’s edge, a brief ceremony was conducted in Cornish and English which includes an invitation by the Mayor to the Grand Bard to hold the Bardic ceremony in the town in September.
“We are very proud to be hosting the Gorsedh of the Bards of Cornwall,” said Mike Pearn, mayor of Torpoint and leader of the local organising committee. “This proclamation will give locals and visitors to Torpoint an exciting preview of September’s main event.”
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