Trelawny Shout – the annual St Piran’s Day community rendition of Cornwall’s most famous anthem – is gearing up to produce another great night out for 2019. Now a firm fixture in the county’s March 5th celebrations, its success is in its simplicity: One song, one night, but thousands of voices raising the roofs of pubs up and down the land for Cornish charities.
This year is set to be even bigger and better as organisers have opened up the event to allow any charity, small or large, to be the beneficiary of their local’s party. If you are a fundraiser for a cause close to your heart and your local hasn’t yet hoisted its flag for the Shout, why not get in touch and persuade them to join in? Or perhaps you could consider putting on an event in your village hall. All you need is a choir, a song sheet and a strong sense of identity!
St Austell brewery will be digging deep helping its pubs put on a great evening with a free cask of ale to help get the pennies rolling in. St Austell curator Chris Knight said: “Trelawny Shout is a heart-warming example of how even the furthest flung village or the largest town can feel a part of a bigger picture on St Piran’s Day. We love the spirit of the shout and we’ve supported participating pubs from the outset, offering the free cask to those who commit to doing their bit to fundraise for local causes.”
BBC Radio Cornwall will be covering the event in its evening programme with the essential singing of Trelawny at 9pm, so that people at home can join in too.
“It’s about belonging,” says Rebecca Gregson, speaking from Trelawny Shout HQ near Truro. “We’re not just talking about the Cornish born and bred, although let’s face it, we’re all a bit envious of them! People are proud to say they live and work here all year round, to bring their children up here, to know the dark and muddy months of winter, to understand it can be a tough life here but to live it anyway.
“The Trelawny Shout allows us all to join together in a cosy pub on a dark cold night and express our joy in belonging to the Cornish community by belting out the best song in the world – what’s not to like?”
If you run a pub, choir or charity then the organisers of the Trelawny Shout want you to get together and make something happen this St Piran’s Eve. Let them know your plans by contacting them through Trelawny Shout’s Facebook or Twitter, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.