THE annual Trafalgar Day service and parade went ahead in Madron on Sunday with the sun coming out for the march past after heavy showers while the service was taking place.
The event commemorates the reporting of the death of Admiral Nelson in Penzance following the Battle of Trafalgar and has been running as an annual event since 1946.
This year the civic parade was headed by Councillor Phil Rendle, Mayor of Penzance, and Councillor Roy Matthews, who was representing Madron Parish Council as the chairman was away and the vice chairman was recuperating from an operation.
The service was taken by the Reverend Mike Hersant and Peter Butterworth as curate of Madron Parish and the sermon was given by Right Reverend Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans.
Wreaths were laid by the mayor and Captain Mark Garratt, Commanding Officer of RNAS Culdrose. Captain Garratt also took the salute at the march past after the service.
There was good support for the service from the people of Madron as the church was full and people watched the parades from the roadsides.
Residents all assisted by keeping the roads clear of parked vehicles along the parade route although one car had to be removed.
The event was also notable for one of those ‘small world’ coincidences.
When Wib Wilkins, Madron’s parish clerk, was introduced to Captain Garratt, he realised that they lived opposite each other in a village called Leek Wootton between Warwick and Kenilworth some 285 miles from Penzance many years ago.
“He went to Kenilworth Grammar School on the bus with my boys,” said Mr Wilkins.
“I was in the police force with his father and we played in the same rugby team.”