President’s Message

President’s Message

Wolkobma dhe Glan Gover diskwedhyans, hendra a an keltek gwari.

Welcome to the Crystal Brook show, home of the Celtic games.

When deciding what to write for the presidents message this year I was a little stumped. Until I stumbled across this very useful Cornish phrase, An den ma a be oll! Which translates to, this gentleman will pay for everything. I have learnt this one off by heart.

In 2014 Cornwall achieved minority status, officially recognized by the European Union. The Cornish language was in a state of decline but in recent years has been revived with much effort going into restoring the language. Road signs in Cornwall bear both Cornish and English. A brief history, there are two main Celtic languages Brythonic shared by Cornwall, Wales and Brittany and Gaelic shared by Ireland, Isle of Mann and Scotland.

Without saying it means a lot to us, keeping our traditions and culture alive. No one wants to see their people’s culture driven out of existence by a dominant power. Something that tugs at the heart strings of all of us. Dare I say the Cornish wished to be left alone. However there were riches to be had in their mines.

We can see relevance to this today with our indigenous friends, who seek to preserve their language, culture and traditions. Just the same as the Celtic tribes do. There are many similarities between these two groups and they share much in common.

In many ways the show itself is similar, with it being a celebration of our traditions, culture and way of life. Just like the Cornish language the show is experiencing a renewal. With this year much renewal to our cattle section, a new horse event, horses in action, a revived grain and fodder section, the classic cars back in strength and yes the Celtic games is back with new events, outfits and better prizes.

While it is important to celebrate our heritage, we cannot live in the past. We need to move forward and embrace the future. Full credit to the clubs who use the show grounds. They have truly made a vast improvement to them in recent times. Well done they look magnificent.

So I look forward to seeing you at this years show, it’s sure to be a lot of fun. Chons da! (Good luck).

I’ll leave you with this Scottish proverb, a bird in the hand is worth ten fleein’. I’ll finish with this Irish proverb. Nior bhris focal maith fiacail riamh! A good word never broke a tooth!

Michael Frith