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St Just's Lafrowda Festival plays on

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

  • St Just's Lafrowda Festival in full swing with dancers joining in the fun.

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LAFROWDA continued to be blessed with fine weather as festivalgoers enjoyed an eclectic mix of entertainment fun over its middle weekend.

A number of events took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as organisers again praised the good weather and the community spirit.

On Friday a Cornish take on a popular television show, Dreckly Come Dancing, saw the audience "cheering wildly" at the unusual sight of St Just's tutu-clad firefighters performing a rendition of Swan Lake; while their junior counterparts "reduced some audience members to tears of pride" with a classic waltz, said Julia Kerrison, who helps put on the two-week showcase.

"The weekend's activities were brilliant," she added.

"It was a wonderful weekend – the sunshine made it even better.

"St Just is magical this time of year – everyone gets involved and the atmosphere is fantastic."

On Saturday and Sunday the town's Drill Hall allowed residents of every age to continue their work constructing the willow structures for the upcoming parade this Saturday.

Liz Tyrell and her team have been producing pieces such as a pterodactyl, a suffragette and a 12-person Viking longboat in line with the 'Hysterical Histories' theme.

On Saturday evening the Penzance Youth String Orchestra performed a concert at St Just's chapel, while on Sunday Geevor Tin Mine's Geoff Treseder led a group of locals and visitors on a tour through the age-old process of tin mining.

Miss Kerrison said the weekend was rounded off in a typically Cornish fashion, with performances from musicians and dance group Hevva and a barbecue at the Plen-An-Gwarry.

Now organisers are looking ahead to the final upcoming weekend, which will see more traditional fayre and creativity from across west Penwith.

"We're all really looking forward to seeing what next week's activities bring, and of course to the Lafrowda Day itself," said Miss Kerrison.

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