Hundreds of Penryners turned out to enjoy this year’s improved Christmas lights switch on ceremony on Saturday night.
The switch on was preceded by a parade through the town led by Lanner Brass Band with local children carrying lanterns made of withy and tissue paper.
Lights committee chairman Michael Moore introduced Jenny Gluyas of the Penryn Friday market to switch on the lights, before mayor Beverly Hulme announced Fannie and Fox as the winner of the |town’s Christmas shop window competition.
Penryn Junior school choir and the Viva Voce and The Chorus choirs from Falmouth and Exeter students’ union led carol singing outside the Methodist Hall, accompanied by the brass band, with the lyrics projected above them for all to see.
Embrace Dance Fitness gave a Zumba performance, and Illogan Sparnon Silver Band played outside the Kings Arms.
Traders throughout Penryn stayed open late offering face painting, tree decorating and a Santa’s grotto, while there was more singing to accompany mince pies and mulled wine in the town hall, and the museum also remained open late.
Michael Moore thanked Jenny Gluyas, his small group of dedicated volunteers, Penryn’s traders, and everyone who took part in the parade and the singing.
He said: “It was a success, we gathered together the locals and the student groups who mingled together with great laughter and joy.”