The annual Porthleven Torchlight Procession took place on Bank Holiday Monday. This event can trace its origins back to late 1940’s (1947/48) when it was part of the now defunct Gala Week.
For many recent years this event was kept alive by the late Ann Minors. The event then had a break of three years, until Porthleven Community Group took on the event and have organised this event for the last three years. You might not realise this, but this event takes a few months of planning to make sure everything runs to plan and is safe.
Now with this event firmly back in the calendar, last year’s procession was a great success even though the weather was not as kind as it could have been. However that did not stop over 600 people turning up to take part.
This years event was another record breaker, with at least 900/1000 people taking part. The procession was so large, it took a good 7-8 minutes for the procession to go up Fore Street. The street was a sea of candles. A wonderful sight.
Like previous years, Torchlight raises money for good causes. The community group decided that this years good cause was to help raise money for a new skate park (amount raised to be confirmed). The money was raised by the sale of the torches and glow-bands.
Torchlight would not be the event it is without the Porthleven Community Group. This small band of residents have again done Porthleven proud by organising this event. They really do deserve our thanks.
This year, the event had some additional help from Cober Valley Rotary. They helped sell the torches, glow bands and helped with the marshaling. Suzie Williams from Four Crows Gallery should also be thanked for all the pre-sales of the torches and glow-bands.
Finally,thanks should also go to Porthleven Town Band who led the procession around the streets of Porthleven. They finished the procession with a small musical concert for those gathered.
The wonderful thing about the event is both residents and visitors take part in this event. Both groups help keep the tradition of torchlight going.
The (part of )processon makes it way past the Institute.