There was glorious sunshine in Penzance this morning as, in a change of route from previous years due to St John’s Hall undergoing extensive refurbishment, the St Piran’s Day Parade got underway from the top of Causewayhead.
Led by Penzance Mayor, David Nebesnuick and Cornish Grand Bard, Maureen Fuller, the parade, which included various dignitaries and hundreds of schoolchildren from the local area, wound its way from Causewayhead to Market Place and then onto Morrab Gardens.
Music from the Golowan Band and Newlyn School amongst others added to the tremendous atmosphere and, once everyone had gathered in Morrab Gardens, the Penzance Guize Dancers performed a traditional Cornish dance on the bandstand.
Following an introduction from David Nebesnuick, Cornish Grand Bard, Maureen Fuller gave a rousing speech to the assembled masses. From the obvious delight at Cornwall achieving minority status to the uncovering of St Piran’s Oratory, Ms Fuller’s speech also noted the Gorsedh Kernow “Do Something for Cornwall” Challenge. The challenge is about using your skills to help others – for example, raising money for a Cornish charity.
Events in Morrab Garden drew to a close with the singing of “Trelawney” before the parade started back to the centre of town.
You can learn more about Gorsedh Kernow and the “Do Something for Cornwall” Challenge by visiting the Gorsedh Kernow website.
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