present, there are over 500 Cornish Bards around the world, at least
250 of them were in Cornwall this weekend. Every year they meet
for the Cornish Gorsedd, which exists to maintain and express the
national celtic spirit of Cornwall, to encourage the study of Cornish
history and to link with other Celtic countires.
year there were Celtic representatives from Breton and Wales who
came to see the welcoming of 29 new Bards and the celebrations as
well as many Cornishpeople who came to see the event. The
title of 'Bard' is awarded to a Cornish person for their outstanding
commitments to their county and as a recognition of their acheivement.
from all over the world came to see the Gorsedd
years Gorsedd began just after 2pm when robed Bards follwed the
Civic procession from the Methodist Church Hall to the circle on
Lemon Quay. Once there, the ceremony was statred by the symbollic
call to Cornwall, which is the sounding of the Horn of the Nation
to the four compass points.
the ceremony of Peace, the Gorsedd was declared open and offerings
of fruit and flowers were layed by the Lady of Cornwall. At this
satge,the Grand bard, Rod Lyon stepped up infront of the circle
to remember Bard past and present.
new Bards were welcomed into the community and were awarded their
Bardic name. For full coverage of the Gorsedd, listen to our audio
highlights and interviews below.
Ro, a Dhew, dha Wyth,
Hag yn Gwyth, Nerth,
Hag yn Nerth, Skyans,
Hag yn Skyans, Gothvos,
Hag yn Gothvos, Gothvos an Ewn,
Hag yn Gothvos an Ewn, y Gara,
Hag a Gara, Cara pup Bewnans,
Hag yn pup Bewnans Cara Dew:
Dew ha pup-oll Dader.
The Gorsedd PrayerEnglish
Grant, O God Thy Protection,
And in Protection, Power,
And in Power, Wisdom,
And in Wisdom, Knowledge,
And in Knowledge, Knowledge of what is Just,
And in Knowledge of what is Just, the Love of it,
And from Loving, to Love all Existence,
And in all Existence to Love God:
God and all Goodness.
here to hear the full interview with Grand Bard, Rod Lyon