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.

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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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Institute Hill

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Record numbers turnout for Porthleven Torchlight Procession (2015)

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.

The (part of )processon makes it way past the Institute.

 

Massive turnout for Porthleven’s Torchlight Procession.

After a gap of a couple of years, Porthleven’s torchlight procession took place on Bank Holiday Monday. Having been involved with the procession before, I knew it always had a good turnout. However, I never though the turnout would be this big.

When Porthleven Band led the procession up Fore Street and could no longer be seen, Fore Street was still full of people and still more people were joining the procession. It was an amazing sight. I reckon in trying to do a headcount near 600 – if not more – took part in the event. And the community group sold 360 torches.

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The success of the event is down to the hard-work of Porthleven’s Community Group. They did not do this on their own because this event was a partnership with Porthleven School PTA and Porthleven Band.

Thanks should also go to Suzie at Four Crows Gallery who sold the candles leading up to the event. Naomi our local youth worker and Bruno one of the local lifeguards who acted as first aiders. And Porthleven’s Town Warden who helped act as marshall during the event.

It would be remiss of me not to mention Ann Minors, who almost singlehandedly re-introduced torchlight many years ago after Gala Week disappeared from the calendar. Her previous hard-work helped make torchlight the success it is.

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Since the event, I have had many many fantastic comments from people. Many have said how they could not remember a bigger turnout. How it was great to have the sing-song at the end of the event.

Those involved should be very proud of their achievements in organising and running the event. It just shows what can be achieved when people get together.

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Porthleven’s Torchlight Procession is back!

On Bank Holiday (26th) Monday, Porthleven’s torchlight procession will take place after a gap of a couple of years. Previously this event has been one of the highlights in Porthleven’s calendar. And now it is back, I hope will go on to be bigger and better.

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This event is back due to the co-operation between Porthleven Community Group and Porthleven School PTA. The original organiser, Ann Minors has also been part of this new partnership. Like previous years, a collection will be made on behalf of Cornwall Hospice. It is great to see various Porthleven organisations working together to achieve something for everyone.

The torches for the event will be sold for £2, and all the money from the sale of the torches will be reinvested for the following years torches. However to start the ball rolling again I agreed to use some of my community grant money to pay for the torches.

The torches will be on sale from Friday 23rd at various location in Porthleven. They will also be sold from 12 midday from the harbour head and at the event.

The event will start at 8pm near the Harbour Inn, and the procession will be led by Porthleven Town Band. The band will lead the procession though a designated route that takes in many of the streets of Porthleven; finally parading down past the institute and finishing at the starting point.

Hopefully I will see you there.