Helston’s Coronation Lake Centenary Celebration

Months of hard work by the working group for Coronation Lake centenary celebration finally paid off on Saturday 21st July with a truly amazing day and evening. Any outdoor event relies on the weather and the centenary celebration’s weather was just perfect (I was very worried about the weather) after weeks of very poor weather.

The event was opened by Sir Ferrers Vyvyan, The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, who made a great speech about his own memories of the lake and area because of his local connection between his family and Helston. Sir Ferrers then unveiled a wonderful plaque to mark the celebrations.  Helston Town Band then played throughout the afternoon, but with short breaks for other entertainment to take place.

The first step 100 years ago

I was truly amazed to see so many people at the lake. I reckon there was least a couple of thousand who enjoyed the many community stalls, entertainment, or just chilled out. The ten displays of pictures of the lake from the last 100 years were also very popular. The Old Cattle Market (OCM) provided live music from 5pm till midnight.

The final two parts of the celebration was the 100 lanterns, made by local school children to float on the lake and the firework display. Both of these events left me speechless, especially the firework display which was truly epic.

Huge, huge thanks must go to all who helped leading up to the day, and on the actual day. Cornwall Council and Cormac certainly stepped up to the plate by cleaning up the area before the event, supplied extra bins, and an environmental team who patrolled the area during the day clearing up any litter.

However, very special thank you’s should go to Charlotte Chadwick for being my right hand-woman, Jude Carroll who helped all the school children make the lanterns, Rob and Sue Ford for putting on all the music, Simon and Kym Stone and all at the OCM and SKA. Furthermore, if you ever want to have a firework display, you must use this company Celebration Pyrotechnics. Of course, a thank you should go to those who financially contributed to the event which includes Downsland Trust, all the Cornwall Councillor of the Community Network and Helston Town Council.

The Centenary Plaque

Children painted on this throughout the day. It will now be framed and put on display at the park.

The launch of the lanterns

The lanterns at night

The lanterns


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