Don’t miss all the fun, music and dance of Callington MayFest today

Saturday 14th May 2022 10:50 am
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Maypole dancing at a past Callington MayFest
Children’s maypole dancing will be among the many forms of entertainment at Callington’s MayFest today (Saturday). (Picture: Cornish Times )

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CALLINGTON’S streets are full of music and dance today (Saturday) as the town’s MayFest makes a much-anticipated return.

Local people who have been rehearsing in workshops will join together with visiting groups and bands to perform at locations in the town centre: stages will be set up in Fore Street and outside The Bulls Head and there’ll be groups in the Town Hall and at St Mary’s Church too.

An artisan market will fill New Road with beautiful produce and crafts to browse, and don’t forget the MayFest procession itself, which will set off from the Saltash Road car park just after 12 noon.

Giants, Vikings, Morris Dancers, Choirs and Town Criers will be joined by local people as the parade makes its musical way to Fore Street.

“With no MayFest since 2019, it’s been great to see the amount of support for this year’s event coming together,” said Peter Watson of CAVe, which organises the festival.

“We’ll be seeing old friends and looking forward to enjoying some new acts on the main stage in Fore Street and elsewhere in town. We are especially grateful to the stewards (Rotarians, Lions and members of the community) who have come forward to help with the day.”

Last night (Friday) saw a preview concert for MayFest by Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs at the Town Hall. Mike is known for his evocative folk songs and relaxed, humorous story-telling, and together with harpist Barbara he was performing both original pieces and those gleaned from newly-discovered Cornish manuscripts. Mike has composed a number of the pieces to be performed at today’s MayFest, and he’s been working with community musicians at a series of workshops to get ready for the event.

Rosie Fierek and Sarah Owen have also been leading rehearsal sessions, with the culmination of everyone’s efforts to be enjoyed on stage and during the procession this Saturday.

Road closures are in place today through to 7.30pm: Fore Street, Biscombe’s Lane and New Road from the junction with Fore Street

to the entrance to the Pridham’s car park will be closed to traffic, as well as Saltash Road between the junctions with Fore Street and Aysshton Gardens.

A guide to the day’s events

(Subject to change on the day)

12 noon – all move to the assembly point in the Saltash Rd car park for procession, furry dance, serpent dance, and the proclamation

Main Stage

10am-11am..................................Town Band

11am – 12noon..........................Countrymen

1pm – 2pm................................Countrymen

2pm – 2.45pm................................Wreckers

2.45pm – 4pm..................................Morzim

4pm – 5.45pm.....Cornish Groove Collective

Spar

10.15am – 11am................................TBC

11am – 12 noon.................................Wreckers

1pm – 1.45pm....................................Mayfester Singers and Musicians

2pm – 3pm.........................................Swaggers

3pm – 3.45pm....................................TBC

3.45pm – 4.45pm...............................Swaggers

Town Hall

10am – 11am.....................................Flamenco/Latino workshop

11am – 11.30am................................Barratt’s Privateers

11.30am – 12noon.............................Pirates of St Piran

1pm – 1.30pm....................................Town Criers

1.30pm – 2pm....................................Barratt’s Privateers

2pm – 3pm.........................................Little Trebiggan

3pm – 3.45pm....................................Pirates of St Piran

3.45pm – 4.45pm...............................Flamenco/Latino display.

St Mary’s

10.15am – 11am................................Mayfester Singers

11am – 11.30am................................Losty Ukes

11.30am – 12noon.............................Telenores

1.30pm – 2pm.....................................Losty Ukes

2pm – 3pm..........................................Gospel Choir

3pm – 3.45pm.....................................Mayfester Singers and Musicians.

3.45pm – 4.15pm................................Mike O’Connor

4.15pm – 4.45pm................................Telenores.

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