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It might not be Tom Bawcock's Eve but the lanterns are shining out just as brightly

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

  • 9th Jan Mousehole - Tom Bawcock childrens lantern procession goes ahead after being postponed by bad weather, led by Tom Bawcock in his boat.

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A COUPLE of weeks later than usual, Tom Bawcock worked his annual miracle for the starving folk of Mousehole.

The children's lantern parade was due to have taken place on Tom Bawcock's Eve, December 23, but for the first time in 16 years bad weather put paid to the event, usually witnessed by hundreds of visitors drawn to the village by its Christmas lights.

However, the 50 or so candle lanterns which had lovingly been created by children at Mousehole School did not go to waste as the parade, led by Tom Bawcock himself and including members of the Mousehole Male Voice Choir and a band, was only postponed, to January 8, and went ahead as planned on that day.

The procession walked from the school to the water's edge to celebrate the fisherman who, according to legend, put to sea in the teeth of a savage storm to feed the villagers at a time of famine.

Teacher and organiser Caroline Newborn said it was a very beautiful and lovely event.

"The majority of people there were village residents and they helped create a lovely, intimate atmosphere," she said. "The weather was fantastic – mild and really still – and I'm so grateful to Mousehole Male Voice Choir, the band, and the Mousehole Lights Committee who turned on the lights for an hour for the procession."

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