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Rescheduled Mousehole lantern parade to take place for Tom Bawcock's Eve

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

The procession in 2008

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A LANTERN parade is set to light up Mousehole later this week to commemorate Tom Bawcock’s Eve, which was cancelled for the first time at the end of last year due to the appalling weather.

The children of Mousehole Primary School will instead be processing through the village with over 50 candlelit lanterns on Thursday evening in a 16-year-old tradition, usually taking place on December 23, to celebrate the fishing legend - who is said to have gone out in a severe storm during a famine.

Pupils are set to leave school at 6.30pm and will walk down to the water’s edge alongside members of the Mousehole Male Voice Choir and an accompanying band.

Teacher and one of the organisers, Caroline Newborn, said it is a “really special occasion”.

“It always looks so beautiful,” she said. “It’s a real community event - children, teachers, parents and grandparents are all involved so we knew we had to do it. It’s a lot of hard work.

“It was the first time ever we had to postpone it. The weather was just so atrocious.”

Mrs Newborn also said she was grateful some of the port's famous Christmas lights are also planned to be turned on for a special hour. Floating lanterns have also been made that will illuminate the harbour.

“They are really pretty,” she added.

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