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Falmouth Marching Carnival

8 August 2009

Set to wow spectators

Falmouth Marching Carnival is shaping up to be a highlight in the programme for Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week. The carnival will take place on Saturday 8th August at 6.30pm, and will be led by Falmouth Marine Band, who will only reveal their costume for 2009 on the night!

The Carnival will form up at 5.30 and lead off from Falmouth Rugby Club this year, to the famous melodious strains of the oil drums of the Marine Band, down Killigrew Street, along Market Street, Church Street, Arwennack Street and Grove Place to Falmouth Watersports Centre where refreshments will be provided for those taking part, with a free disco for youngsters taking part.

This is the 21st year of the Band’s involvement in Falmouth carnival. “Our long-suffering supporters will be delighted to hear that we have still not attended any rehearsals,” said bandleader Paul Wickes. “What’s more we’ve put someone else in charge of the weather this year and we are confident there will be no repeat of last year’s near wash-out.”

The band was formed two decades ago to breathe new life into a failing town carnival and started organising the event four years ago when the event was again near collapse because of insurance and other problems. This year, other organisations such as VisitCornwall, the town’s traders, and Falmouth Art Gallery are adding their skills to those of helpers in previous years such as the Falmouth town manager, Falmouth & Penryn Lions Club and local police officers.

A collection will be made during the carnival procession with all proceeds going to local charities and good causes. “We expect this year’s marching carnival to be the biggest and best yet and, given the usual generosity of the people of Falmouth and visitors, we are looking for a record collection,” said Paul.

In addition to Falmouth Marine Band at least four more bands will take part in the Carnival including the Golowan Band and dance troupe, Pensamba Band from Penzance and Falmouth Youth Club and Church Club Bands. Betty Stoggs will entertain spectators as this years ‘Carnival Queen’. There will be no mistaking the Carnival as it entertains the crowds on its way through Falmouth town centre.

The organisers extend an invitation to anyone wishing to join in all the fun of the Carnival - brush off your favourite fancy dress and come on down! They particularly want to involve more children and families in the Carnival, and to help - Falmouth Art Gallery are running free art workshops on the three Saturdays leading up to Falmouth Week on 25th July and 1st and 8th August. Linked to the Darwin 200 celebrations, the workshops are themed ‘Hairy Hoodies’ for animal hoods and ‘Land of the Giants’ for giant animal masks and on the third Saturday you will be able to make a maraca out of recycled goodies to beat to the rhythm of the jungle! All workshops start at 2pm but ‘drop in’ anytime between 2pm and 3pm. Further information about the workshops is available on 01326 313863 or info@falmouthartgallery.com, or for how to join the Carnival please call Sian Robbins 01872 224367. There are no entry forms and no prizes, just turn up and join the parade to help keep the carnival alive!

“This is a fantastic opportunity for children and families to be inspired to make a costume to take part in the Carnival, which is a riot of colour, sound and fun from beginning to end!” said Sian Robbins, Events & Promotions Officer for VisitCornwall “The workshops are free – just turn up and start creating! Falmouth Art Gallery will also be running a whole host of workshops on a variety of themes from craft to poetry and drumming from 8th to 15th August during Henri-Lloyd Falmouth Week.”

Pupils and staff at Falmouth School are looking forward to Falmouth Week 2009. Students of all ages are working hard producing promotional material including a large banner, which will be displayed in the main street to promote the Falmouth Carnival. Also, Falmouth Waterfront Crew which is made up of students from Falmouth School are working hard building a giant Whale which will feature in the carnival and they hope that the sea creature will be even bigger and better than last years massive octopus! Also, looking forward to Falmouth Week are Hollye Sangster and the Jazz Band from Falmouth School, who will be performing on the Moor during the week, so the young people in the community will be able to participate and enjoy the festivities.