They’re preparing to march once more for St Piran

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By Bude People | Thursday, February 24, 2011, 09:00

ST PIRANTIDE is almost upon us again, and preparations are being finalised to celebrate the patron saint of tinners, St Piran.

The holy man, who lived in Cornwall in the fifth or sixth century AD, attracted many hundreds of people to his Oratory on the Towans, just east of Perranporth.

Today, Piran is looked upon as the patron saint for the whole of Cornwall with celebrations being planned from Bude and Saltash to St Buryan and St Ives.

In Penzance schoolchildren are once again holding two special celebrations – a concert at St John’s Hall next Thursday, March 3 and a procession through the town on Friday, March 4.

Other communities are sticking to St Piran’s Day itself – in St Ives there is a procession on Saturday, March 5, starting at the Guildhall at 2pm, there will be a ‘Proper Cream Tea’ in St Buryan village hall at 3pm and in Marazion, a mayoral procession will leave the town hall at 5.30pm.

At all these events, people are asked to wear Cornish colours and carry the flag.

The concert at St John’s Hall next Thursday from 7pm (admission £3) involves a choir of 100 children from local schools under the direction of Kath Matthews; they will be supported by local group, Thraw’d Together.

Organiser Howard Curnow is urging as many people as possible to attend.

“We provide every child with a commemorative rosette as well as refreshments on the Thursday evening and the Friday morning – add to that the expenses attached to road closures and health and safety and we end up with a tidy bill. We are extremely grateful to Penzance Town Council for their support, but in the present climate we cannot assume that they will always be able to help fund these celebrations.”

The processional furry dance through Penzance on Friday, involving 500 children, will start, as usual, at 10.30 am at the top of Causewayhead.

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