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Video: Penzance flies the flag for St Piran's Day

By CMCherie  |  Posted: March 05, 2013

Local school children lined the route through Morrab Gardens, Penzance, to cheer on the St Piran's Day parade.

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Hundreds of children donned the traditional white and black of the Cornish flag to dance through the streets of Penzance for St Piran's Day.
Proud parents and well wishers turned out to watch around 650 children perform a dance and play instruments to mark the special event today.
"We are so lucky to live somewhere like Cornwall, we need to appreciate it and support the uniqueness of it," said Faye Taylor who was eagerly waiting to spot her daughter Fern as she passed with fellow Gulval School pupils.
"We should all promote it more."
Also watching the musical spectacle was Pauline Bray. This was the first time she had watched a St Piran's procession, having moved to the area recently and she was pleased to see such efforts being made to preserve the county's culture.
"I think we have got to keep the heritage of the town and Cornwall going," she said.
"It is important for the children to learn about their heritage."
Among the stewards helping the procession to run smoothly was town councillor and former mayor Jan Ruhrmund. She paid tribute to organiser Howard Curnow for his efforts to bring the celebration to the town and help it to grow year on year.
"This celebration is for everyone, it is a community event and that is what makes Penzance festivals so special, everyone takes part," she said.
After starting at Causewayhead, the procession made its way along part of Market Jew Street before heading down Chapel Street and along to Morrab Gardens where a play was performed to document the life of St Piran.
And to round everything off in Cornish style, the youngsters headed to St John's Hall to tuck into a tasty saffron bun.

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  • TheCelt  |  March 05 2013, 6:37PM

    A wonderful day! J.T. MA Celtic Studies; University of Wales (Trinity St. David) 2008

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  • lizwaters24  |  March 05 2013, 5:07PM

    Can't see the video.