St Piran's Day celebrations
BODMIN is again set to be at the heart of Cornwall's St Piran's Day celebrations on March 5, with hundreds of people expected to parade through the streets.
A record 400 people formed the procession last year to commemorate the patron saint, and organisers are hoping for an even bigger turnout next month.
Children enjoy last year's St Piran's Day event.
The day begins outside the library, with a procession commencing at 10.30am, including children from the town's primary schools and Bodmin College.
As the procession passes down historic Fore Street, it will pause as a mark of respect at the Flamank Stone before arriving at Mount Folly for speeches followed by rousing choruses of Hail to the Homeland and Trelawny.
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After making their way to St Petroc's Church, each school will perform songs, dances or plays.
Androw Hawke, chairman of Bodmin St Piran's committee, who has worked hard to facilitate the day in partnership with Bodmin Town Council, said: "This event grows year on year and we are hoping for great support from the local community to make St Piran's Day 2010 a day to remember."
Cornish associations from across the country have already taken up the invitation. The distinctive St Piran's flag will be flying across Mount Folly and there will be Cornish stalls and music.
The evening procession leaves the library at 6.30pm (assemble 6pm to 6.15pm) led by Cornish Piper Merv Davey and the town's cadet and Scout organisations. The day concludes at 7.45pm on Mount Folly.