The Celtic spirit of Cornwall

Press release  for immediate use issued Wednesday 3rd March 2021

“Let’s celebrate St Piran in a new exciting way” says the Grand Bard of Cornwall

Grand Bard of Cornwall Elizabeth Carne, Melennek, is encouraging everyone to join online celebrations this year and fly a St Piran’s flag in their garden or window, wherever they may be.

St Piran’s Day 2021 is different to what we usually expect,” said the Grand Bard. “We are really missing the traditional parades and concerts to celebrate Perantide.” Instead Mrs Carne encourages everyone to join the virtual festival online, which gives everyone, whether in Cornwall or across the diaspora, the chance to enjoy all the celebrations, from their own homes.

 “It is hard not being able to gather together, feeling proud at the sea of black and white and gold, with flags and tartan all around us,” she said.

In these difficult days Cornish people have found new ways of celebrating Cornwall online and the Grand Bard praises places like Truro and Newquay who have produced virtual St Piran’s festivals for all to enjoy.

Gorsedh Kernow is encouraging everyone to display a St Piran’s flag in your window or garden today to show their love for Cornwall. “Let us celebrate our Celtic nation, our heritage, culture and language, which all play a part in shaping  our future.  Why not leave the flag there for all to see? I know there will be black and white flags, in all corners of the diaspora as well, today,” said Mrs Carne.

The Grand Bard hopes that with more and more people being vaccinated each day, that soon we shall be able to meet again, and join together as we always have. She concludes, “In the meantime let us each celebrate this St Piran’s Day in a new and exciting way, connecting with others, all over the Cornish world, as we fly our flags and enjoy the online festival.

Gool Peran Lowen!

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