Falmouth is to hold its first ever St Piran’s Day parade to celebrate the patron saint of Cornwall.

St Piran’s Day, on the March 5, is now celebrated across the county, with Falmouth being one of the last to join the festivities.

The day will start at 9.30am in the Women’s Institute Hall before parading and dancing takes place along Webber Street, High Street, the Old Brewery Yard and back around via the Prince of Wales Pier, Killigrew Street and The Moor.

At 10.45am the procession will finish back at the WI hall for storytelling, singing, dancing, and refreshments.

Local businesses are encouraged to dress their shop windows to be judged on the day.

The event aims to let adults and children know about their Cornish culture and heritage.

Organiser Vicki Ferguson said: “It will help make it a day to remember. It’s important to be aware of our Celtic roots. Many of the children in the area were born in Cornwall, and should be allowed to learn more about their heritage.”

The organisers have contacted local groups and schools to take part, and welcome anyone who would like to join or play a tune.

Spectators are welcome around the route, and Cornish flags are encouraged. Offers of help will be gratefully received.

Anyone interested in helping out or playing music should contact Vicki on 01326 315013.