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Worldwide Curnows gather for family reunion in west Cornwall

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: May 07, 2013

Worldwide Curnows: L-R Dusan Bako from Czechoslovakia, Sheila Hutchins from England, Pauline Barratt living in Canada but from Australia, John Curnow from Canada born in Truro, Marcus Curnow from Australia, Gwyneth Jones from Wales, Howard Curnow organiser and who hails from St Hilary in Cornwall, Dewey Roach from America and whose roots are from St Ives.

Worldwide Curnows: L-R Dusan Bako from Czechoslovakia, Sheila Hutchins from England, Pauline Barratt living in Canada but from Australia, John Curnow from Canada born in Truro, Marcus Curnow from Australia, Gwyneth Jones from Wales, Howard Curnow organiser and who hails from St Hilary in Cornwall, Dewey Roach from America and whose roots are from St Ives.

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Members of the Curnow family from all over the world gathered in west Cornwall this weekend.

Howard Curnow, of St Hilary, organised a reunion of people from the international Cornish diaspora – which saw around 140 family members from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa and America, Cuba and the United Kingdom come together.

Mr Curnow said the Saturday was spent doing family research and adding more names to the Curnow family tree, which already has 320,000 people on it.

He said: "On Sunday we had a big communal service with two or three Curnow clergy from different corners of the world and then we had a pasty lunch and in the afternoon we had two of the past grand bards of the Cornish Gorsedd talking in Cornish and explaining Cornish to everyone."

 Mr Curnow added that Sandra Cousins, whose daughter Mercedes Curnow died in 2011 of cervical cancer, came to the reunion and spoke and that everyone had vowed to go home to their home countries with Mercerdes' name on their lips.

He added: "Then we had a four course banquet and the food was expertly produced by the Collins farming family of Marazion."

The meal was followed by entertainment from Breage crooner Jack Curnow and 15-year-old Jamie Cripps (also a Curnow descendant) gave a performance on the piano, accordion and ukulele

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