There was plenty of rootin’ and indeed tootin’ when the community of Porkellis gathered at the village pub for a Wild West themed family fun day.
Despite an absence of lassoes the event, hosted by the Star Inn, still managed to pull in £900 for the neo-natal unit at Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital.
The theme was well supported by those attending, who dressed in jeans, checked shirts and cowboy hats, or alternatively wore dresses and placed feathers in their hair.
A competition was held for the best fancy dress, which was won by the group Cowgirls and Indians Just Wanna have Fun in the women’s section, Joe in the men’s section and Cecilia in the children’s category.
Music came from the band The Scene, in their first public appearance, Sounds Eclectic, Thraw’d Together and the ladies’ choir Celtic Chorus, with further entertainment provided by the Carn Brea Morris Dancers.
They all performed in return for a few drinks as payment.
While the pub kept everyone lubricated, stomachs were filled thanks to a barbecue, with Helston butchers Dales providing the meat at a discount.
Marian Thatcher, who helped organise the event with June Tomlin and pub landlords Gunton Robinson and Louise Dubrey, said: “It was really good – really busy, with sunshine.”
Gunton thanked all the groups that performed for nothing, together with the locals who rallied round to carrying out face painting on the day, build the staging and put up the marquee.
He also thanked the members of Trinity Methodist Church who ran the tea tent all afternoon and Dales for its contribution.
“It was very much a village event and all the participants from the village hall downwards got stuck in.”