Police in Cornwall’s Capital Adopt Bi-lingual Cornish English Signs


Members and followers of the Cornish Branch of the Celtic League have expressed delight at seeing bi lingual Cornish and English language official signage outside Truro Police Station in Cornwall and photographs of the sign taken by members went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

The official sign reads ‘Truro Police Station – Sodhva Greslu Truru’ ‘Main Entrance – Pennentrans’ and then goes on to give police contact telephone numbers in both languages.

Branch Treasurer and AGS, Tony Leamon, author of a recent article published in ‘myCornwall’ magazine entitled ‘It’s good to be Cornish again’ consulted with the Branch Committee and membership and following agreement, wrote a letter of thanks to the Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer, congratulating him and his Officers for embracing the language of the now officially recognised Cornish National Minority.

Mr Leamon pointed out, “More and more are using the Cornish language which is the very mark of our distinctiveness. It is seen in an increasing number of public places and we are grateful to the police service for projecting our National Identity.”

The text of the letter is below:

“Dear Chief Constable,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Cornish Branch of the Celtic League to congratulate your Officers on the use of dual Cornish English language signage outside the Truro Police Station.

The resurgent Cornish language is part of the ancient heritage of Cornwall. So very many are learning to speak it and use it on a daily basis. Our social media positively buzzed when the sign was seen and the news quickly spread across our Branches in the other Celtic Nations, England and on to our international members in nearly every continent.

All were full of praise of the Devon and Cornwall Police for taking such a step and embracing the Cornish National Minority and their Celtic language following the Government’s announcement made on 24th April, 2014 which formally recognised the distinct identity of the Cornish people and which stated that the proud history, unique culture, and distinctive language of Cornwall will be fully recognised under European rules for the protection of national minorities (EFCPNN).

One simple act has achieved so very much in terms of community relations and we thank you and your Officers sincerely.

Nadelek Lowen ha Bledhen Noweth da re ‘gas bo – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you.

Yn lel – Yours sincerely
Tony Leamon
Treasurer, Cornwall Branch Celtic League
Assistant General Secretary, Celtic League”

Councillor Mike Chappell – Redruth Town Council
Caderyor – An Kesunyans Keltek Scoren Gernewek
Myghal Map Serpren, Ordyr a’n Berdh, Ovydhyon ha Drewydhyon

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

12th December 2014

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