St Piran's event aims high with big 2012 plans
ORGANISERS of next year's St Piran's Day festival in Redruth are asking for community groups to come forward to give their support.
This year's event was the largest in Cornwall and the plan is to make the 2012 celebration bigger and better still.
The 2011 procession involved a diverse range of people, including war re-enactment societies, schools and the Old Cornwall Society.
The 2012 event will see three feeder marches from different areas of the town centre converging as one giant procession from the miner's statue in Fore Street to Redruth Rugby Club.
Organisers also hope even more exhibitors, craftspeople, entertainers and traders will turn out.
The inaugural event saw more than 2,000 people at the rugby club and many hundreds more in the town centre.
St Piran's Day falls on a Monday next year, but organisers have decided to hold the festival on Saturday, March 3.
Pat Parry, a member of the working group, said: "Redruth has raised its profile in recent years through all sorts of new initiatives, including a summer skatepark, the compilation of the True Tales Of Redruth book and – back in March – the first Redruth St Piran's Celebration.
"As a Cornish woman and Cornish speaker, I'm delighted to see the increase in enthusiasm and support for the town.
"Celebrating Cornwall's very own saint, 'Peran', as a community and with such a huge event, will help cement the new sense of purpose now felt in Redruth.
"I hope even more people will join us in 2012."
Town development manager and working group member Lee Dunkley said there was already a lot of excitement about the 2012 event.
"This year's first attempt was easily the biggest celebration in Cornwall, so just imagine what next year will be like with the right community buy-in.
"Our main challenge for 2012 is ensuring the town centre is vibrant right throughout the day and night, not just for pockets of time in the morning and evening."
Nick Thomas, secretary of the working group, said: "It's really great to see so many organisations and individuals already expressing interest in taking part in the celebration for 2012.
"It may seem early to ask for the community to get involved, but we don't want anyone thinking they were left out of the event and, with several months to plan, it really will be bigger and better than this year."
To get involved, either as a trader, an individual or with your community group, contact Nick on 01209 698005 or e-mail email@example.com or Lee on 01209 210038 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org