Tom Henderson Smith’s wonderful painting, “Here Comes Poseidon”, was finally sold at auction for £310, which means £235 for next year’s festival – thank you so much Tom!
What can I say!
The hall was chocka, and sorry to any who didn’t get in. We will try to sort this out in time for next year’s extravaganza. To those of you who managed the full experience, thanks so much for all the support and cheering – the kid’s smiles of delight in the waltz as the crowds erupted in delight at their spins on “Take it to the Limit” made grown men cry!.
We also saw extra acts performing along with the regulars, which is great. To remind you all:
Pendeen School Pop, The Heeby Geebies, Eilidh singing with a quickstep to Valerie, Starlight Rollers, Circus of Rainbows, Take It to the Limit, UK Eurovision No 1s, Free Running Boys, Thriller, Firemen Full Monty with a twist, Blues Brothers, T-bird jive, Cape Through the Years, and a Tango!
Also thanks to Neil as our compere – he “filled” well as and when required, and flew by the seat of his pants as much as the rest of the backstage crew – heartfelt thanks to them all.
Only the older groups were being judged this year and the Firemen were challenged by the Cape Medley. They gallantly refused to win – or was that something to do with only wanting to do one dance next year – perhaps the tutus needed to be returned (maybe they always wear them under their uniforms!?). Cape were delighted with their win and that means we will see them again next year.
More thanks must go to the Old Town Hall committee for allowing us to use the space there for rehearsals, to Moss Bros for their loan of men’s suits, and to any parents, choreographers, local businesses and anyone else.
Keep your eyes open for the Youtubes!
So another Lafrowda Festival passes us by, and what another brilliant one! As ever, Festival Fortnight came up to its usual high standard beginning with the Breton Music weekend, with the marvellous and incomparable Lafrowda show the following Friday and of course Lafrowda Eve with lots in between. I wasn't able to attend as many events as I would have liked but made a point of going to see the Penzance Youth String Orchestra who were excellent.
For the first time in my Lafrowda life I involved myself with the processions, leading the mid-day and helping with the marshalling of the others. Everything is so different when involved from the inside rather than just spectating, and I did little when compared to the procession organisers.
By Monday in St. Just you would have hardly known anything had happened over the weekend; full on for 48hours then all gone, which on a personal level I find the strangest experience of all - a high tide of communication, organisation and related activity leading up to and including Festival Fortnight with the full-on blast of Lafrowda Day, then within a few days almost nothing other than tidying up some logistical bits. But hey, is that next year I hear calling?
Thank you to the whole of the community of St. Just, the schools and all of the volunteers for making this happen.Jonathan
Lafrowda 2013 was bigger and better than ever and the weather was beautiful, too!
We were so fortunate to have our regular, willing, hard-working team of Lafrowda volunteers and also many new volunteers just when we needed them! There were new volunteers helping Mike (Infrastructure Team, Dot (Collectors) Patrick, (Madron Young Farmers helped with car parking) and Beccie (Children’s Art /Activities and Cafe in the Plen) and in many other ways. You know who you are..........
To all our lovely volunteers, a huge, heartfelt thank you. You did Lafrowda proud!
We hope that you all enjoyed the day as well and will be a Lafrowda volunteer again in 2014. (Like to join the Volunteer Team next year? Please ring Sandra 787899 or email email@example.com) Sandra
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