Amazing turnout for the Porthleven Torchlight Procession (2016)

The weather ‘gods’ were extremely kind to the organisers of Porthleven Torchlight Procession by providing perfect conditions. If you did not know, this event is organised by the Porthleven Community Group.

With the weather being so good, we hoped for a good turnout. However, the sheer numbers of people, both residents and visitors, who did turnout was truly amazing. A count of sold torches, which is approaching the 400 mark, the group estimates at least 1200 people attending (we use 3 to 1 ratio of people to sold torches – from experience of selling the torches). Even use our ratio, the following picture really sums up how many people took part. For me helping run this event, I have never seen this many people take part.


The procession coming past the Bickford-Smith Institute.

The event really could not happen without the volunteers of the Porthleven Community Group, residents who help as marshal’s, the Town Warden and Cober Valley Rotary. Thanks should also go to Porthleven Town Band and the Mayor of Porthleven, Cllr Barbara Powell who led the procession around Porthleven.

The Mayor of Porthleven at the ready with her torch

The Mayor of Porthleven at the ready with her torch


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