Festive cheer replaced Friday the 13th fear as the village of St Keverne turned on its Christmas lights last week.
Despite the weather causing havoc, adults and children alike flocked to catch a glimpse of Santa’s grotto and were also treated to a performance by St Keverne’s Male Voice Choir before the main event began.
The occasion was threatened with cancellation due to the heavy rain and cold wind, but there was a real piece of Christmas spirit.
The Three Tuns hotel in the village, ran by Dawn and Chris, let organisers use their facilities including the kitchen to ensure it would continue.
Organiser Michelle Patterson was delighted with the gesture, saying: “It simply would have been impossible to carry on; it was a great gesture and we are very thankful.”
Attendance, despite the adverse weather conditions, was good and Mrs Patterson was delighted with the turnout. She added: “We were very pleased with the numbers – it was amazing considering the weather and we are grateful for everyone that came and made it a special night.”
The fun and games didn’t stop there, as residents at 2 Landhaven won the prize for the village’s best decorations and appropriately named Holly, in year one at St Keverne Primary School, took home the award for overall best children’s picture.
In the different age categories winners were: pre-school, Mazey; reception, Charlie; year one, Holly; year two, Katrina; year three, Megan; year four, Henry; year five, Adam; year six, Izebel.
Best decorated business was owned by Jane Gimble and the best house prize was 2 Landhaven.