Penryn is preparing to celebrate its 34th Fair Day tomorrow, Saturday 24 and this year there will be a French flavour to the celebrations.
The town centre will be closed to traffic as it is turned into a market place with various stalls and entertainment laid on to cater for all tastes and ages.
The day’s events begin at 12.30pm with the Prayer Book Rebellion commemoration ceremony at the Memorial Stone on the green just above the traffic lights in Commercial Road. The service of remembrance commemorates the many Cornish who, over the centuries, have given their lives for their “homeland.”
Civic dignitaries will be joined by Bards of Cornwall and members of the general public are also invited.
At 12.50pm the Town Fair parade will assemble outside the Memorial Gardens in Quay Hill and will then make its way to the Methodist Chapel where on The Terrace outside the fair will be officially opened by James Dundon of Pirate FM at 1pm.
From then on there will be a host of activities throughout the town including performances by St Keverne Youth Band outside the Seven Stars, Falmouth Soul Sensations at Fish Cross and the Jazz Strolling Band at the Memorial Gardens.
There will be Penryn Community Bingo and Messy Church arts and crafts workshops at the entrance to Saracen, an exhibition of photos by members of Penryn Camera Club at the Town Hall, French Connection teas and refreshments at the Temperance Hall and displays on the Penryn Railway line, Gorsedh and Fi Henshall’s Penryn Clock automaton at Penryn Museum between noon and 4pm.
Classic cars and others from local garages will be on show in Broad Street where you can also have your palm read by Gypsy Anna Lee. In the car park at the rear of the Kings Arms Hotel there will be a barbecue and free bouncy castle along with coffee and croissants.
There will be various market stalls in the Memorial Gardens along with Mark’s Ark wildlife encounter, face painting, Royal British Legion poppy making for children and the chance to sign up to be a poppy day collector.
In Quay Hill there will be a fire engine, Project Primrose’s Bucking Bull and crepes on sale.