The community of Redruth were beaming with Cornish pride on Saturday as the town hosted its St Piran’s Festival. 

The day began with the unveiling of a new outfit for Redruth’s 18-year-old town crier, Max Morrison at the Miner Statue. 

A group of local artists were tasked to help design and make the bespoke story coat with the aim of representing the past and future of the town.  

Redruth Parade
Town crier Max Morrison showing the crowd his new story coat (Picture: Ben Howe)

The parade was the festival’s showpiece event which saw a number of local schools, musicians and organisations march through Redruth’s town centre with visitors lining the street to join the fun.  

Among the groups taking part in the procession included pupils from Treleigh School, Trewirgie Infants & Nursery School, Trelowth School and Pennoweth Primary School, while members of Redruth United Football Club and Rubbish Ruth’s Robbers were also present during the parade. 

Treleigh School
Treleigh was one of a number of schools taking part in the parade (Picture: Ben Howe)

Once reaching the Flowerpot Chapel car park, a huge crowd gathered to listen to the traditional blessing and hear from local representatives including the Mayor of Redruth Stephen Barnes, Bishop Hugh Nelson and several others. 

This was followed by the Redruth Town Band supplying the sound to help everyone join in  for the singing of the ‘Trelawny Shout’. 

Bishop Will Nelson
Bishop Will Nelson giving a speech (Picture: Ben Howe)

Throughout the day visitors could enjoy browsing the various food, craft stalls present in the Market Hall and on Fore Street, accompanied by a whole host of music performers.  

Among those performances included Bagas Crowd, Raffidy Dumitz, Maids of Melody, Holman-Climax Male Voice Choir, The Goonbillys, Treleigh School Community Choir and the Carn Brea Morris Dancers. 

The Raffidy Dumitz Band
The Raffidy Dumitz Band provided some of the Cornish music on offer during the day (Picture: Ben Howe)