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Speak Cornish Week gets underway

We're being asked to speak Cornish as part of a week of events Credit: ITV News

We're being asked to talk in Cornish this week as part of a campaign to raise the profile of the language.

Events for Speak Cornish Week include film screenings and children's storytimes. Last year its website received an extra 10 thousand visitors during the week.

Cornish language funding secured

Cornwall Council has welcomed today's pledge from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that he will ensure that the Government will continue to provide financial support for the Cornish Language Partnership.

The Government had previously said that it would not fund the Cornish Language beyond the current programme which ends on 31 March 2015.

This is good news and we look forward to receiving details of the amount of money we will receive.

We put forward a case for continued government support which explained the importance of the language to Cornish distinctiveness and therefore to the people and the economy of Cornwall.

– Julian German, the Chair of the Cornish Language Partnership


St Piran's Day Celebrations

Saint Piran's Flag Credit: PA: Tim Ireland

Thousands of people throughout Cornwall will celebrate St Piran, the Patron Saint of Cornwall today.

Events are taking place across the county including a parade in Truro at 1pm starting from St George's Road.

The Penzance St Piran festival, one of the largest in Cornwall, will begin at 10am with a procession at the top of Causewayhead.

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More powers for Cornwall?

A number of Cornish people are waving the flag for more powers for the Duchy Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornwall Council is preparing a case to be given greater powers to raise and spend its own money.

It says that, regardless of the outcome of the Scottish referendum, the Government should give the county more freedom to manage its own affairs.

The authority is developing a stategy document outlining its plans for more local control.

MP champions Cornish language

Many signs in Cornwall feature both English and Cornish Credit: ITV News West Country

The West Cornwall MP will meet the Communities minister in London this afternoon to discuss the future of the Cornish language.

Andrew George is a fluent speaker, and was the first MP to speak Cornish in the House of Commons.

He wants to help to revive the minority language.