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Weekly newspaper publishes editorial in two languages

A Cornish language editorial featured for the first time in the history of a weekly newspaper to celebrate Cornwall’s patron saint’s day.

The West Briton’s masthead was also turned black and gold, the colours of Cornwall, to mark St Piran’s Day.

Two reader columns featured in the revived Celtic language, while the newspaper’s editorial comment was also translated from English for the occasion.

The edition also contained a 12-page supplement celebrating the return of the BBC drama Poldark, set and filmed in Cornwall.

WB front

Editor Jacqui Walls said: “This was a great opportunity for us to celebrate our unique culture and identity in Cornwall. It was a really exciting project to work on and we’ve received some great feedback from readers.”

The Truro-based title also published features on the Cornish culture and identity, including a Lifestyle piece on what it means to be Cornish, an in-depth report on the importance of Brand Cornwall and several columns from local people on Cornish pride.


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  • March 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I am still waiting for my paper in the south to be written in English. It appears to hit the streets unedited.

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  • March 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Will they also be using two languages to publish the WB’s latest sales figures since the cover price rise imposed on the paper in the teeth of already hideous declines? Serbo Croat and Janner perhaps?

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  • March 16, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    The West Briton is one of the best weeklies around.
    Like all papers, it has been rocked by changing reading habits, but there is no denying its quality.
    Well-written, well-designed, well-subbed, it is a credit to Britain’s greatest county.
    Oggy, oggy, oggy!
    And, no…I don’t work for it, I merely buy it.

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  • March 17, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    C.,T. Final. They really do exist then. Next time I am passing..

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