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Pageant brings festive cheer to town

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

  • FESTIVE CHEER: The procession sang carols around the streets of Lostwithiel.

  • Mike Stead as John The Baptist with a lamb BOTL20131214C-006_C

  • The complete tableau of characters in the Church Rooms, Lostwithiel. BOTL20131214C-003_C

  • Tan Ha Dowr gave a display of Cornish dancing. BOTL20131214C-005_C

  • SINGING UP: Richard Bower, as St Blaise, and PCSO Rebecca Harris, singing during the parade in Lostwithiel.

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A HOST of costumed characters brought Christmas cheer to residents on Saturday when they took part in the annual Lostwithiel Pageant.

The event was instigated 30 years ago by the late Cornish bard Rachel John and the cast of saints and nativity characters gathered in the Church Rooms, including a lamb loaned by the Hutchings family, together with the Madrigal Choir and the Tan Ha Dowr Cornish dancers.

A tribute was paid to Miss John, who had inspired others to join in and help with the pageant over many years. Pat Stearn also thanked the new committee for taking over from her, to ensure the continuance of this lovely Lostwithiel tradition.

As the pageant left the church rooms, they were joined by Lostwithiel Town Band, for a procession through the streets, stopping off to sing carols.

Cast: Mary, Janelle Julyan; Joseph, Joe Pinto; Small Star, Issy Rhodes; Big Star, Joe Newby; St Gabriel, Janet Haley; St Michael, Helen Taylor; St Raphael, Glenda Langsford; Elisabeth, Caroline Stead; Zachary, Arlo Stead; John the Baptist, Mike Stead; St Anne, Ann Quarmby; Gold King, Ed Quarmby; Frankincense King, Rupert Warwick; Page, Jack Quarmby; Queen Ester, Pam Jarrett; St Petroc, John Pegg; St Piran, Nick Newby; St Antony, Tony Taylor; St Nicholas, Martin Woods; Miriam, Pat Stearn; King David, Mike Edwards; St Blaise, Richard Bower; Camel, Teagan Flynn; Sheep, Megan Flynn.

Crowds turn out for Dickensian evening: see page 22.

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