If the winter weather is getting you down, not to mention Trump and Brexit, there’s no better way to lift the spirits than to get together with friends or family - or both - for a good old sing-along. And, as if by magic, St Piran’s Day is just around the corner and you know what that means – it’s time for the Trelawny Shout!
The brainchild of the Cornwall Community Foundation, the 9pm mass singing down at the pub of The Song of the Western Men - to give the tune its proper name –happened for the first time in 2015, with over seventy pubs and nearly three thousand people taking part.
Growing year on year and now back for the third year running, the annual celebration of all things Cornish has become a firm favourite to finish off our patron saint’s day in style and is coming to a pub near you wherever you are to help raise money for the CCF, which funds projects in every parish in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and guarantees every single penny raised stays in Cornwall.
Chief Executive Oliver Baines said: “The simple idea of coming together at the same time to sing the same song has tapped into everyone’s love of Cornwall. St Piran’s Day is when we all want to celebrate the amazing place we live but we don’t all know how to do it. We do now! Get yourself to a participating pub at 9pm and sing your heart out!”
We have supported the event since the outset, offering a free cask of ale to every pub committing to raise funds for the charity. Last year, over 90 pubs signed up and this year’s list is growing fast.
Brewery Estate Director Adam Luck commented, “It really is amazing how popular the Shout has become in such a short space of time. It is a real affirmation of the fantastic community spirit that exists across the county and we’re looking forward to hearing the sound of at least twenty thousand Cornishmen raising the roof again this year.”
To kick Shout proceedings off in style this year, look out for a massed rendition of Trelawny by the Cornwall Young Farmers on Lemon Quay at around 7pm on St Piran’s Day. Fresh from enjoying their South West Entertainment final at the Hall for Cornwall, an expected crowd of around 700 of the local farming community have promised to raise their voices to the skies to get everyone in the right spirit for the main event at 9pm.
As ever, the Fishermen’s Friends will be helping out on their home turf at the Golden Lion in Port Isaac, while the Aggie Boys, other shanty choirs, male and female voice choirs, barber shops, folk groups, ensembles and Cornish bands from Botallack to Bude will be lending their talents to the Shout.
For a full list of participating pubs go to www.cornwallfoundation.com and www.staustellbrewery.co.uk and if your local isn’t signed up yet, go to the Trelawny Shout Facebook page and ask for details.