With less than a week to go, a packed programme has been announced for Penryn Week and the town’s carnival, with a strong emphasis this year on the centenary of World War One.
Councillor Mary May, one of the event organisers, said: “Everything is falling into place. It’s all going along quite nicely.”
The activities start on Sunday, July 13 with the opening of the WWI exhibition at the Temperance Hall and a “songs of praise” service at Penryn Quay, where a plaque will be unveiled to three riflemen who drowned during a blackout in 1916.
College Field will host an evening of fun sports on Monday evening with fun races, bouncy castle, go karts, laser tag, refreshments, and prizes for everyone, including a WWI remembrance wristband.
There will be a historical flavour to Tuesday with a Penryn Heritage Walk meeting at the Temperance Hall at 2pm, led by John Kirby who will tell tales of bygone Penryn.
Then at 7.30pm Chas Wenmoth and Rosemary Bannister will hold a talk titled Who Do You Think You Were at the Temperance Hall, covering the history of the town during WWI which they have been researching for the last 12 months, with refreshments of the era on offer and period fashion on display.
On Wednesday, the Temperance hall will open its doors for community bingo, and there will be a euchre drive at Penryn Buffs Club, while several community choirs will join together in the Methodist Chapel for ‘Penryn Remembers, 100 Voices for 100 Years’.
Thursday will see a ‘poetry extravaganza’ at the Temperance Hall, to which all are invited, and on Friday the market will have a World War I theme, while in the evening there will be a second walk looking at ‘Penryn heroes’ from the past.
On Saturday there will be a summer fair at Penryn Infant and Junior schools, before the evening’s grand finale: The Penryn Carnival.
The carnival will have a forces and services theme, assembling at Penryn Rugby Club from 6pm before parading through the town, led by the Marine Band and followed by Lanner and District Silver Band.
As well as the carnival itself, Upper and Lower Market Streets will be closed to traffic until 9pm, providing an opportunity for street entertainment and a children’s disco in the Temperance Hall.
There will be a final meeting to discuss Penryn Week on Thursday, July 3, at the town hall at 7pm, followed by a meeting to discuss the town's commemoration of World War I at 7.30pm.
The organisers are currently looking for marshals for the event, even if only for an hour, especially for the evening of the carnival on July 19, from 6pm to 9pm.