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Hundreds gather to honour patron saint

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 07, 2012

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BODMIN celebrated Cornwall's patron saint on Monday in colourful style with an event which drew hundreds of people to the town centre.

The celebration was started in 1999 by a group of people led by former Cornwall county councillor Alastair Quinnell, and has grown every year.

The procession, led by a piper and drummer, was joined by Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho, grand bard Mick Paynter, North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson and Bodmin mayor Ralph Solomons.

Mr Paynter, addressing the crowd on Mount Folly in Cornish and English, said he was very happy to be in Bodmin, which always strongly identified with all things Cornish.

Colonel Bolitho said he was delighted to see so many, particularly children, celebrating St Piran, the tinners' saint who, he said, was also known to have been fond of a drink.

He said when he was young little was done to celebrate Cornwall's proud heritage and he was very pleased all that had changed and there was renewed pride in being Cornish.

Later, the children sang at St Petroc's Church before returning to their schools.

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