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July 12th 2008
Charter Day

The reading of the Charter of Pardon
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Today at Kingsley village near Fraddon, locals and tourists alike gathered to witness the Cornish celebrations of The Charter of Pardon 1508. Five hundred years ago King Henry VII of England granted the Cornish tinners a pardon for which they paid the sum of £1000.

This charter is still legal today as confirmed as valid by the Lord Chancellor in 1977, it includes the right to veto acts of the Monarchy, the Westminster Parliament and the Duchy of Cornwall.

Will Coleman leading the procession piped the tune "Bodmin Riding"

Many local dignitaries turned up for the event, as well as Members of the Cornish Stannary Parliament and Cornwall 2000, other guests included The Deputy Grand Bard of the Gorseth, The Mayor of Lostwithiel, The Deputy Mayor of Restormel, Dan Rogerson MP, Julia Goldsworthy MP, Language Bard Pol Hodge - Dick Cole the leader of Mebyon Kernow also spent the day there.

An abridged version of the Charter was read out by Anthony Richards who is himself a decendent of the 1497 Cornish rebellion leader Michael Joseph Angof.

Entertainment was provided throughout the day by Graham Hart, Skwardya, Dalla, dancers Ros Keltek and Misty Mountain Line Dancers.

Will Coleman as well as playing the pipes told some amusing stories and Poetry was read out by Language Bard Pol Hodge in both Cornish and English.


The ancient Cornish sport of "wrasslin" was performed by a father and son team.

Special charter pies were made for the event by Ann from the Lizard pasty shop.

Various Cornish items including copies of the Charter of Pardon were on sale from
Cornish Heritage who hosted the event, and Godrevy Glass had fine examples of stained glass for sale.

Clr Loveday Jenkin of Mebyon Kernow was at hand to answer language questions, and a wide variety of Language books were also available to purchase.

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