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Outgoing President of Kernewek Lowender Incorporated, Mayor Paul Thomas, congratulates new President Lynn Spurling on her election on October 1 2013
After being at the helm of seven Kernewek Lowender Cornish festivals over 15 years, Mayor of the District Council of Copper Coast Paul Thomas addressed his final Cornish Festival meeting as President last Tuesday night, October 1.
At a well-attended annual general meeting, Mayor Thomas handed over the mantle to Lynn Spurling, a long time supporter and former committee member of Kernewek Lowender.
“I have truly enjoyed my association with Kernewek Lowender, with Kathryn’s constant support we have made many friends throughout the world because of the associations that were forged at various festivals,” Mr Thomas said in his President’s report.
“I believe that it is time to pass on the mantle to a new generation to lead Kernewek Lowender into the next decade and do so with confidence that the new committee will preserve the traditions and culture that is synonymous with Kernewek Lowender”, he said.
Mrs Spurling is a passionate supporter of Kernewek Lowender of which she has been associated since 1987.
She was the event’s first adult May Queen that year, and also was instrumental in initiating the Maypole event, including helping construct the poles and choreograph and teach the dance to scores of school children.
From 1987 until 1993 she helped run the May Queen event, and continued to teach the Maypole for the next 20 years.
Lynn was also Furry dance co-ordinator from 2001 to 2005.
“Since 2001 as a lover of all things written I have been coordinating the Writers events for the festival, and now I am happy to be able to take on this new role as President and bring Kernewek Lowender into the expectations of today’s visitors whilst still maintaining and celebrating the integral values of our Cornish traditions”, Mrs Spurling said.
In both the President’s report delivered by Mayor Thomas at the annual general meeting, and the Executive Officer report presented by Rosemary Cock, noted as the highlight of the 2013 40th anniversary festival was the restored local community enthusiasm and the increased direct involvement of local community groups.
The 2013 event made a profit for the first time in eight years, with its sell out events, successfully introduced program changes and attendance by approximately 37,000 people.
On behalf of the committee, Ms Cock thanked Mr Thomas for his long standing valuable dedication to Kernewek Lowender, service which was acknowledged at a civic ceremony held during the 2013 festival when he was bestowed with Life Membership.
Other committee members elected at the 2013 annual meeting were: Vice President and Kadina chair Gerry Guerin; Wallaroo chair Brian Cooper; Moonta chair and YP Cornish Association rep Liz Coole; Immediate Past President Paul Thomas; Operations Manager, Public Relations, Publicity, Executive Officer and Public officer Rosemary Cock; Cornish Heritage officer and SA Cornish Association rep Roslyn Paterson OAM; Property officer Mark Southam; Grand Procession coordinator Graham Sobey; Furry and Maypole coordinator Bethany Paterson; May Queen coordinator Fiona Anderson; Patron Richard Hancock; District Council Copper Coast rep Bill Clarke; YP Cornish Association rep Liz Coole; Dressing of the Graves coordinator Carlene Woolcock.
The vacancies of Treasurer, Village Green Fair coordinator, Art Prize coordinator were deferred.