As Gorsedh Kernow comes to east Cornwall, next year, Bude – Stratton is celebrating.
“Bude-Stratton is one of the jewels of Cornwall,” said the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Elizabeth Carne, Melennek, “and we are so happy to be gathering in such an interesting and historic town for next year’s Esedhvos Festival.”
The Grand Bard’s words were spoken as a joint declaration with town mayor Cllr Bob Willingham that Bude-Stratton, in the far north of Cornwall, would host the 2020 Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture and bardic ceremony.
“We are delighted that the bards of the Cornish Gorsedd have accepted our invitation to hold their celebrations here next year,” said Cllr Willingham.
“We are immensely proud of our town’s history, the ancient market town of Stratton and the relatively newer seaside town of Bude.”
Accepting the invitation on behalf of fellow bards, Mrs Carne expressed a wish for friendship and inclusiveness among Cornish people as they celebrate their distinct cultural identity.
“Bude-Stratton is rightly proud of its place in the hearts of Cornish people,” said the Grand Bard, “and we look forward to working with local people to make next year’s Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture one of the best ever.”