St Just and Newlyn turn on sparkling Christmas lights
BOTH St Just’s and Newlyn’s Christmas lights drew in good crowds at the weekend, getting everyone in the west Penwith towns in the festive spirit.
St Just saw its display, which includes a 25ft tree lit up with blue lights in the square, turned on by the mayor.
Kevin McFadden flicked the switch on Friday night and praised the voluntary efforts of the community to make this year’s showpiece another success.
He also said he was worried the weather might stop people coming out, but was pleased to see residents wrapped up and willing to attend.
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“It was very good, a really nice evening,” said the mayor.
“The weather wasn’t very good but we still had a good turnout. The lights look very nice.
“It really marks the start of the festive season - it’s one of the highlights of the year.”
Cllr McFadden said it was a fairly low-key event, although Pendeen Silver Band made an appearance and led everyone in singing some Christmas carols.
“It was a really good event - I went to the pub afterwards to celebrate,” he added. “It was a good community thing.”
Newlyn’s residents also came out in force - with many refusing to allow the howling winds and persistent rain reason to dampen Christmas cheer.
Marcia Bell, one of the organisers behind the port’s decorations, said everyone had really worked hard to fundraise and said the evening was a special occasion.
“It was absolutely amazing,” she declared. “It was very good to see people come out - it was well attended.
“The lights look so great. The guys who put them together made some new ones this year.
“They really do look incredible. It puts us all in the mood - I’m excited about Christmas now.”
Mrs Bell added the fireworks were a also a real crowd pleaser, while the food stalls, selling mince pies and mulled wine, as well as carols from Newlyn Primary School pupils, were particular highlights.