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Jersey musician wins £55,000 to help protect island's native language

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A Jersey musician has been awarded £55,000 to help save the island's native language.

Kit Ashton, from the band Badlabecques, was given the money from a UK-based body, so he can study how to keep Jerriais alive.

The money will fund a 3 year PhD with Goldsmiths College in London, covering fees and living costs.

Competition for the funding was strong, but the panel was impressed with Kit’s proposal, describing it as ‘outstanding.’

We are blessed to have our own language, which holds so much significance in our heritage and so much potential to help bring our community together. But with fluent Jèrriais speakers getting older, now is the time to decide to embrace Jèrriais and find ways of keeping it alive – otherwise we could lose it forever.

– Kit Ashton

Click below to hear Kit's band Badlabecques singing in Jerrias.