Gorsedh award for Helston hero of Woolwich terror attack

Gorsedh award for Helston hero of Woolwich terror attack

Gorsedh award for Helston hero of Woolwich terror attack

First published in News

A Helston mother who put herself in the path of danger to protect others is to receive a special award at this year’s Cornish Gorsedh ceremony.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, from Bulwark Road, will be presented with a ‘special certificate of exceptional endeavour’ in Penryn this Saturday.

It is after she confronted a blood-soaked man wielding a meat cleaver in Woolwich, London, in the aftermath of the death of soldier Drummer Lee Rigby.

In a citation from the Gorsedh Kernow Council, it is states: “‘Heroine’ is too simplistic a term these days when ‘megastar’ or ‘celebrity’ appear in a ‘Thesaurus’ – certainly ‘distinguished by extraordinary courage’ is more appropriate here, when Ingrid’s actions in confronting an [alleged] assassin and comforting a dying British soldier outside his Woolwich Barracks in London, sparing no thought for her own safety, was paramount.”

Ms Loyau-Kennett, who is half French, has already been presented a bravery medal from the French government and more than 85,000 people have signed a petition calling for the British government to do the same.

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