On the same day that face masks become mandatory in shops, a Camborne choir has launched a re-worked version of Trelawny, widely considered to be Cornwall’s 'national


Penned by BID Camborne manager Anna Pascoe, the new wording highlights the need to keep Camborne clear of Covid by following the guidelines and looking out for each other.

Anna, who has lived in Camborne all her life, said: “There is nothing like Trelawny for rallying we Cornish, so I took the liberty of adapting the verses.

“We’ve been working hard on doing as much as we can to protect our community and businesses from the virus and what better way of spreading the message than through a famously stirring song.”

Prevented from getting together in person for weekly rehearsals, members of The Ingleheart Singers readily took up the challenge of using their computers to produce a new Trelawny hymn.

Led by musical director Claire Ingleheart, the choir was first formed in 2006 with just four members and now has more than 50.

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Before the pandemic, they gave regular concerts and have collaborated with the likes of WildWorks, Simon Birch Dance and 3 Daft Monkeys.

“We sing everything acapella and love music from all corners of the world – including folk, pop, jazz and, of course, plenty of Cornish,” said Claire.

“We haven’t met for 19 weeks – the longest break we’ve had since starting out.

"It’s been a tough time for singers and particularly choirs, so we were delighted when the BID Camborne team asked us to get involved.”

Lyrics for 'Trelawny 2.0'

A good town, all with well-washed hands

A merry heart and true

Camborne folk shall understand

What team spirit can do

And spare a thought for those who shield

Who need some help to shop

Let kindness be the gift you wield

Til all this hardship stops


And while we all keep safe

We’ll hold our heads up high

There’s 20,000 Camborne folk

Who know the reason why

So out went handshakes, hugs and meets

But smiles are still allowed

While Camborne Town’s dear heart still beats

We know you’ll do us proud

We’ll cross the street, to give you space

A face mask, we shall wear

With one and all and sense of place

You’ll know that Camborne cares


And when we come to Covid’s end

A pleasant sight to view

Come forth, come forth, key workers all

So we can say thank you

Well, Camborne is in keep and hold

But courage still stands high

And 20,000 Camborne bold

Will know the reason why