Helston and Gorsedh
On Saturday I had the real honour of being part of the procession of the Bards down to Penrose amenity area, and more importantly, being in the inner circle for the Gorsedh ceremony. Before the procession and ceremony I watched the Cornish Wrestling. I enjoyed this too, as it showed this traditional sport was still alive in Cornwall.
This was the first time that the Gorsedh had been held in Helston, and sadly it will be a long time until it will comes back again. I have to say the organising committee of a handful of Helstoners really can be proud of doing such a fantastic job. It is a shame about the weather, but this did not deter from the day being so special.
I reckon there was around 300 Bards in the procession and it was good to see many familiar faces from Porthleven and Helston who have been made Bards. There was also Bards from distant shores including Australia, America, Breton and Wales.
I would love for the Gorsedh to come to Porthleven as like Helston it could really do this ceremony proud. I can honestly say taking part was one of the real highlights in my role as a Cornwall Councillor for Porthleven and Helston South.
|People being made Bards|
|Me and the 3 of the organising committee|
Thanks to Emma and Helston People Website for the use of pictures. More of ceremony can be found by clicking the link.