Flora Day in Helston will be making its international debut this year, as the annual celebrations are streamed live on the internet for the first time.
Wendy Radford-Gaby, managing director of software development company Negys and a member of Helston Business Improvement Partnership, has bought two cameras to allow people all over the world to enjoy the famous annual event, even if they cannot be there in person.
The cameras will be positioned to capture Flora Day preparations in Coinagehall Street on Wednesday, May 7, and all the excitement of the day itself on Thursday, May 8.
Wendy said: “Our offices on the second and third floors above Barclays Bank, halfway down the street, provide a bird’s eye view of what will be going on, so the cameras will be mounted on the building’s parapet – one pointing up the hill and the other down.
“They are waterproof and also have sound so as well as seeing the images, people will be able to hear what is going on and enjoy the atmosphere.”
A new web page is being added to www.visithelston.co.uk for the live streaming, which will begin at 9am on May 7 to cover the dressing of the town with flowers and flags and then continue uninterrupted until 6pm on May 8 when the dancing is complete.
Shirley Moralee, development officer for the Helston Business Improvement Partnership, said: “Flora Day is a very special occasion that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
“Wendy’s plan to share the town’s celebration of spring via the internet means that many more will be able to see what is going on as it happens. It’s a brilliant idea.”