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St Ives September Festival is 'fantastic'

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 22, 2013

  • The first St Ives Town Crier Competition. From left, Robert Knowles (competitor), Victor Wallis (president of the Rotary Club of St Ives), Bob Blaby (winner and St Ives first town crier), Councillor Colin Nicholls (Mayor of St Ives), Philip Rowley (town crier of Penzance) and Melville Osborne (competitor).

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"THE VIBE in the town is fantastic."

That's the opinion of Alan Shepherd, chairman of the St Ives September Festival, now under way and well into its fourth decade as an institution in the town.

"St Ives is full, the traders are happy and we've got plenty of entertainment, both inside and out to keep everyone happy," he said.

"The street events at the weekend, organised by Tony Carver, were great with music, dancing and sessions in the pubs. They were a terrific starting point as was the amazing sold-out opening gig by Fairport Convention while Chastity Brown, the US blues and soul singer, also went down brilliantly on Monday evening at the Western Hotel.

"The poor weather hasn't harmed the lunchtime music and poetry performance sessions by Bob Devereux, which normally take place in Norway Square.

"He just pops into a nearby gallery and they are still regularly attracting around 100 people."

The two-week festival got under way on Saturday with more than 200 events planned and continues until Saturday, September 28 when tribute bands Livewire AC/DC and the ZZ Tops are likely to provide a rousing finale at the Guildhall.

Among the events taking place on the opening day was St Ives' first town crier competition, organised by the town's rotary club in an attempt to find a new town crier, and to commemorate Abram Kernow, a former holder of the office from 40 years ago.


Judged by the Mayor of St Ives, Colin Nicholls; the president of the Rotary Club of St Ives, Victor Wallis; and the town crier of Penzance, Philip Rowley, Carbis Bay's Bob Blaby of Carbis Bay was chosen to fill the historic civic office.

Rotarian Kenneth Ashmore, who organised the event, said: "It is hoped that the town council will see fit to appoint Mr Blaby in an honorary capacity in due course, but that local businesses and other organisations may also call upon his services.

"We thank Cornwall Council who provided funding for the project through their 'Feast' programme, and also to the St Ives Festival Committee for including the competition in their programme."

As well as music concerts, there are a host of other dance, literary and arts-related events and film showings to enjoy; log on to www.stiveseptember festival.co.uk for full details.

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