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Giant ram lantern marks feast for Cornwall patron saint of wool and sore throats

By CG_Caroline  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Giant ram lantern marks feast for Cornwall's patron saint of woolcombers and sore throats

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Preparations are being ram-ped up for the St Blaise Feast, which features a giant illuminated model ram.

The event next month includes a parade to celebrate the town’s patron saint of wool and sore throats.

And organisers of the celebration, St Blazey Reclaimed, have said there will be no need to be sheepish when it comes to joining in with the feast’s lantern parade.

Jasmine Davies, from St Blazey Reclaimed, said the event has gone from strength-to-strength and this year’s, which takes place on Monday, February 3, will be its most successful to date.

“The focal point of the procession is the giant illuminated ram which is a symbol of spring and brighter days,” she said.

“The ram is traditionally linked with St Blaise, the Patron Saint of St Blazey, who is associated with the woollen industry, past and present, across many towns in the UK and Europe.”

Miss Davies added the St Blaise Feast reflects the real community spirit of the area in celebrating the town’s patron saint of not only wool but sore throats.

“As last year, the roads will be closed so that the colourful, musical and lively procession can light up the dark winter evening - whatever the weather.”

Providing the music to raise people’s spirits and adding the sound of traditional Cornish music to the procession will be the Hornets Street Band, led by Jan Phillips.

The parade starts at 5.30pm and after the procession has lit up the darks skies there will be a service at St Blaise Church and a Blessing of Throats, followed at 7pm with refreshments and free soup at St Blazey Football Club.

Miss Davies added: “Everybody is welcome to join, although it is advised to wear some waterproof clothing. People are also encouraged to bring along any lanterns or lights they might have to help us light up the dark winter night!”

St Blazey Reclaimed was set up to bring together the community and celebrate the people and the landscape of the area.

Besides the St Blaise Feast procession the group staged a successful piece of community theatre dubbed Town to Tide two years ago, which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rogue Theatre.

The project brought hundreds onto the street to listen to and watch homespun stories unravel, detailing the folklore and the history encapsulating the community’s relationship with the water.

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