Celebrating St.Piran's Day
Members of Loveny celebrated St.Piran's Day on Sunday evening 5th March, by joining with voices all over Cornwall in singing the 'Trelawny Shout' at The Weavers Pub in Bodmin. The Trelawny Shout is a little different. A hundred pubs, a thousand voices, one song, one magical hour. What better way to celebrate the strength of our amazing communities (not to mention tipping our hats to Cornwall’s patron saint) than to take part in a mass singing of the Cornish anthem, or The Song of the Western Men, to give it its proper name? Penned by Robert Stephen Hawker in 1824, the song continues to bind us today. The Cornwall Community Foundation began the St Austell Brewery supported event in 2015 and it has grown year by year. The CCF supports projects in every village and community in Cornwall so it is as much a part of this land as shouts and pasties and pub life itself. Hundreds of Young Farmers from Cornwall led a pre-shout on Lemon Quay earlier in the evening. The pubs all took on the challenge to raise money during the evening in whatever way they chose. The CCF covers every parish in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with all the money raised staying in Cornwall.
The following day, we were back in town! The St.Piran's Day parade through Bodmin, threatened by some really savage and sudden downpours, was only slightly delayed, and hundreds of children congregated on the Folly to enjoy a gratefully received respite in the weather. After formal opening of the event by the Town Cryer, Terry Williams, Kevin Marshall from the Bodmin Lions introduced proceedings. Anne Kerridge Chair of Cornwall Council gave the children some words of encouragement in Cornish, and St.Piran's prayer was read by the Reverend Paul Holley. Loveny then led the children in singing the Cornish Anthem 'Bro goth agan tasow', followed by 'Hail to the Homeland' and of course 'Trelawny', ably accompanied by Mark Hawken who has played the piano accordian at this event for the last 30 years.
Under the guidance of Alison Davey, the children performed two cornish folk dances accompanied by Cornish Piper and Grand Bard, Mervyn Davey. It was a wonderful display of colourful and chaotic enjoyment. The children then departed to reconvene in St Petroc's Church to perform Cornish plays and songs, followed by a traditional 'Oggy' for lunch.