The Cornish Associations of Bendigo and Ballarat joined together to represent the Cornish at the recent Maldon Twilight Dinner. This is an annual event held in the very history town of Maldon, situated between Bendigo and Ballarat.
This year the organising committee wanted to recognise the ethnic groups which first settled this area and an invitation to attend was given to us.
It was decided to share the opportunity between Bendigo and Ballarat to recognise both major Cornish settlement cities so we came together on the 14th January to show our Cornish pride and to promote all things Cornish to those gathered for the event.
There were over 1,500 people seated in the main street of this historic township and it was with pride that our small group marched down the street, proudly holding the St Piran flag.
Of important note is the fact that out of the ten allocated places given to our Cornish groups, six of those in attendance were bards of Gorsedh Kernow. A remarkable statement in itself.
Leanne Lloyd, Nanscarow a Bendygo and Robert Lloyd, Gwas Bendygo
Tom Luke, Colon hag Enef Yn Bendygo and Libby Luke, Rosen Wyn Bendygo
Wendy Benoit, Gweresores Dhe Lies
Joy Menhennet, Benneth Lowen
It was a lovely night, the weather was warm and clear and presented us with another opportunity to showcase our Cornish heritage and history to all present.