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Penryn Week set to take place next this month

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 04, 2013

By Ginette Davies

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RESIDENTS are gearing up for the annual Penryn Week when the history and culture of the town is celebrated.

The raft race has been dropped after only two teams entered last year, but the family fun sports day will be back on July 15, the first day of the event, from 6pm at College Field.

There will be go-karts, a bouncy castle, sack races, tug-of-war and refreshments.

New this year is a presentation about Lady Jane Killigrew on July 16 in the Town Hall at 7.30pm.

Lady Jane fled to the town from Falmouth to escape her husband John Killigrew at Pendennis Castle in the 15th century.

She was given shelter and ended up staying for 20 years and presented a silver loving cup in gratitude.

Every year the council ceremonially hands it to the new mayor during the mayor-making service and it is considered one of the town's most prized and priceless possessions.

As well as the cup, there will be other artefacts on display at the event.

Also that day is a guided heritage walk leaving the Town Hall at 2pm.

A pub quiz will take place at Bar 20 on the Wednesday at 7.30pm. Teams of four have the chance of winning £50. There is bingo in the Temperance Hall from 7pm.

Bar 20 will be the venue for an exhibition of local artists from noon on the Thursday, with an art evening from 7pm. There is another guided walk at 6.30pm.

On Friday the weekly market will be in the Temperance Hall from 9.30pm until 2pm and there is a concert at the Methodist Church with Stithians Ladies' Choir.

Also new this year is a performance by the Cornish Wurzells at the Kings Arms on Saturday at 8.30pm. Fancy dress is encouraged as a scarecrow or farmer.

That afternoon there is a bingo session in the Town Hall from 12.30pm.

The final day will see the annual RNLI service on the quay with Gweek Silver Band.

From Wednesday to Sunday at 7.30pm in the Seven Stars there is a chance to see the winning four plays in a competition run by Penryn Community Theatre.

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