Guisers gear up for Penzance Montol celebration
Penzance will once again celebrate the mid-winter solstice with its popular Montol celebrations on Saturday.
Guising and torchlit processions will take pride of place in a 19th-century celebration which was revived six years ago as the Guisers meet up at St John’s Hall for the spectacular 6pm River of Fire Procession to Lescudjack Hillfort.
Members of the community, bands and any other revellers will be asked to follow the Lord of Misrule up to the Hillfort where the guisers will take centre stage as a beacon is lit.
Then it will be back to St John’s Hall for two hours of entertainment which will include the sounds of Flats and Sharps, the increasingly popular bluegrass band, the Penzance Guize Dancers performing a hilarious Mummer’s play, an extravagant raffle and music for community dancing provided by Cornish band, Bagas Crowd.
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The Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band will then prepare and lead us to the 10pm Torchlit Procession from Chapel Street to the Barbican Beacon lighting. Put on your mask, pick up a lantern and join in the fun!
A spokesman for Montol said: “The evening’s events are unticketed and free so please be generous with your donations when you see a Montol Festival bucket.
“Refreshments are available to keep you stoked up, both at the Hillfort and at St John’s Hall, before and after the Rivers of Fire.”