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Children march for St Piran's Day

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: March 06, 2010

  • Children dressed in black and white at Penzance's St Piran's Day procession

  • Nigel Nathan, of the Golowan Band, performs in the St Piran's Day procession at Penzance

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THOUSANDS of people across Cornwall turned out under sunny skies to celebrate St Piran's Day yesterday

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Processions to celebrate the patron saint of tinners took place on the county's streets.

Spectators lined the streets of Penzance to watch the Golowan band perform and schoolchildren marched along.

Coun Dennis Axford, from Penzance Town Council and a former mayor of the town, said: "We had an absolutely glorious day.

"The skies were clear blue and the sun shone.

"The schools brought the children down to march with the band – the youngsters were all dressed in black and white and had a marvellous time.

"It's vitally important we remembers and celebrate our unique Cornishness and that we pass that on to the children."

At Porthleven, the Cornish flag was raised during dancing, while at Bodmin the annual St Piran's Day parade was held on Mount Folly.

Truro also held its annual procession on the streets, beginning at St George's Road.

According to legend St Piran was born in Ireland in the 6th century and was noted for his miraculous deeds.

However, a group of kings were afraid of his powers and placed a millstone around his neck before hurling him into the sea to drown.

He floated on the stone towards Cornwall before landing on the beach that now bears his name, Perranporth on the north coast and built a chapel in the sand dunes.

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    Trev, Cornwall  |  March 11 2010, 2:22PM

    12 angry men As many as that

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    Gary, Saltash  |  March 11 2010, 9:42AM

    What we are all avoiding mooting is why they are trying to rewrite history and as we all know they wish to create what they call a unique distinctiveness of a Cornish person and or culture neither of which exist as they wish to portrait them, that is not to say we are not Cornish hereonin lies the problem we are Cornish but English Cornish. When they say Cornish they mean a kilt wearing Kernewek speaking troll like figure from the mines holding an oggy with amazing laws handed out by various acts and of which have been repealed BTW My biggest concern with all nationalists is the self created hate towards the English using a history that simply doe not exist which has been crafted using the same techniques a Muslim extremists use by manipulating historical events which are grey and painting a picture they which to add but one the once you view the entire picture simply could never happen, they also command more press coverage than the true support they have, this is very much 12 angry men even people within MK find some of these peoples highly extreme and dangerous. I am yet to meet a nationalist able to moot in a civil manner or willing to be open minded they all simply repeat the brainwashing they absorb from extremist sites encouraging them, the truth is something they refuse to acknowledge. I am certain for all the attention these 12 angry men get they cause more harm than good, but on the whole it is fruitless trying to moot with them as they are extremists seeking weak vulnerable people to add to this cult mainly for institutions of higher education, encouraging attacks on English heritage, English chiefs and any other weak English person they can find

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    Big Ger, Truro  |  March 11 2010, 9:06AM

    Andrew, what is the point in celebrating a history which never happened? What is the point in aligning yourself with an Irish Saint for whom there is little or no evidence? As I say; St Piran; Myth, may or may not have been an Irish saint, little other information available. St Piran's day: invented by Victorian romantics. St Piran's Flag; Invented by Victorian romantics. Cornish tartan, invented in the 1950's. Celts: no such thing, a broad term which encompasses a mix of races from various tribes from Albania in the South-East to Scotland in the North-West, but there's no Celtic race as such. Druids; scant evidence that they existed, and even less of whatever religion/mysticism they practiced. Golowan; revived in the 1990's,after totally dying out, now just an excuse for hippies to dress up and dance about. Is there any point in celebrating myths? And if we are free to invent Saints, their days, and the celebrations to go with it, I think I'll invent a patron saint of Cornish idlers, ¿St Gerald of Truro¿, and have a day set aside for him in August. Then, like the "Celtic league¿* asked for a day off on St Piran¿s day for the county council workers, I¿ll ask for a paid day off work for it!! *They didn¿t ask the County Council workers about this ¿day off¿ first of course. Utter nonsense.

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    Dooby, Cornwall  |  March 10 2010, 2:50PM

    YAWN

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    Andrew Parkin, Bodmin  |  March 10 2010, 2:35PM

    You seem to be confusing Conish identity with political idealism. The vast majority of us are perfectly willing to celebrate Cornwall within the current political boundaries imposed on us. The desire for automony still burns bright within us, but we accept that it will take time for this so happen in the mean time all that we can do to inspire pride and passion in the next generation of young cornish people will suffice.

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    Daz, England  |  March 10 2010, 2:13PM

    All well and good dark lord but you are still clearly in minority. Vote MK. Following quote not my own I really can not be bothered to waste my breathe on such a periphery faction Mebyon Kernow (MK), the Cornish nationalist party, lost in three by-elections for town councils in western Cornwall in August 2009. Camborne is an area where MK does much better than in most of Cornwall and has town councillors already. In Camborne north and south wards the party took 26 and 22 percent of the vote and lost to Liberal Democrat and Conservative party candidates; in Falmouth it took 9 percent and the Conservative party won. In August 2008 MK took 28 percent of the vote in a Camborne South by-election and lost, a larger percentage than this August. For MK this is not progress. It is not making headway even though the Labour vote has collapsed in Cornwall and MK is a leftist party ¿ and all the main parties are in disfavour with very many electors. Additionally, these were very local town elections, not the more serious election of a government. In these circumstances MK should be winning in the streets. MK had ok candidates who would have made ok councillors; however, people in Cornwall generally still do not vote for the MK party in any numbers; the large majority reject MK political nationalism.

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    Andrew Parkin, Bodmin  |  March 10 2010, 1:43PM

    Hello to all the agencies monitoring this site. My name and location are freely published and I am proud to be Cornish. As long as there is breath in my body I will celebrate the Cornish history and heritage that surrounds me. If my enthusiasm and passion inspires others to feel the same as I do then that can only be a good thing. I appreciate that there may be people out there that may seek to detract from occasions such as St Piran's Day, by pointing out that it is all just myths and all 'made up' in the past 100 years. What these people seem incapable of grasping is that "It doesn't matter in the slightest!" All history and traditions have to start somewhere, if that somewhere is in the last 200 years, last 100 years, last 10 years, heck even in the last 10 minutes, then so be it. If enough people want to support a cause and believe in the spirit of a celebration then that is all a tradition and a history needs to survive. This thread was started because of a detractive comment made by a gentleman from Padstow and I'm certain when the Obby Oss was wheeled out for the first time it was met by a lot of bemused expressions and people questioning what role such a celebration could play in society then. If you don't believe in the spirit of a celebration then that's fair enough but don't detract from the enjoyment that others get from the same celebration.

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    Andrew, Penzance  |  March 10 2010, 10:37AM

    Bentley. Thanks for the tip. I thought there was something 'iffy' about the inspector's wife.

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    Gary, Saltash  |  March 10 2010, 10:19AM

    Joy your own previous comments are amongst the most autonomist found on these pages, so please do not think you support diversity you clearly have no understanding of the phrase. I am Cornish born my father worked down the mines, I believe my family can be traced at least 5 generations back as Cornish so for you to call me names and claim I am not Cornish confirms your lack of tolerance and diversity. I enjoy celebrating being Cornish but refuse to turn Cornish celebrations into nationalistic displays or parades as they are not only for those set on twisting the truth. I live by honesty and accept I am English Cornish and see no reason to fight with the English or anyone come to think about it, given it was you who started the personal attacks

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    Big Ger, Truro  |  March 10 2010, 9:08AM

    You do have to wonder why otherwise intelligent adults get so het up about a bunch of myths. St Piran; Myth, may or may not have been an Irish saint, little other information available. St Piran's day: invented by Victorian romantics. St Piran's Flag; Invented by Victorian romantics. Cornish tartan, invented in the 1950's. Celts: no such thing, a broad term which encompasses a mix of races from various tribes from Albania in the South-East to Scotland in the North-West, but there's no Celtic race as such. Druids; scant evidence that they existed, and even less of whatever religion/mysticism they practiced. Golowan; revived in the 1990's,after totally dying out, now just an excuse for hippies to dress up and dance about.

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