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100 residents support St Blaise Feast celebrations

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

  • FEAST FUN: Above, Boy Bishop Harry and Bishop Chris Goldsmith with the lanterns outside St Blazey church. Below, children on parade at the St Blazey feast celebrations.

  • Parading for St Blazey feast celebrations . BOTL20140203B-002_C

  • The feast parade approaches St Blazey parish church from. BOTL20140203B-003_C

  • The service in St Blazey parish church. BOTL20140203B-007_C

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REVELLERS braved the wet and wild weather to take part and enjoy St Blaise Feast.

About 100 people turned out for the procession on Monday evening, which featured a giant illuminated model ram. Other residents joined in after the procession by attending a church service at St Blazey Church and enjoying food and entertainment at the football club.

Liz Davies, from St Blazey Reclaimed, said the annual event raises awareness about the town's heritage.

"I think it pulls different ages together. We had every age from young babies right through to quite elderly people. I think it encourages people to see how much St Blazey has to offer," she said.

Residents have spent weeks preparing lanterns for the parade, growing leeks through its community garden scheme, which are then turned into soup, and sourcing the feast buns from local businesses to serve at the celebration in the football club, which was followed with singing and dancing. Mrs Davies said: "There is the growing local food aspect and also the church traditions.

"A lot of that is a revival of what used to be, which of course includes the Boy Bishop (Harry Richard, 9) who was quite stunning. He was joined by the new Bishop of St German (Chris Goldsmith) who walked the parade route with the Boy Bishop and was absolutely super.

"We also had the musical element with a traditional Cornish band, the Hornets, who led the procession and Cornish dancing." The illuminated model ram is the centrepiece of the procession, which celebrates the town's patron saint who looks after those with sore throats and wool- combers.

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