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Gig racers draw crowds to festival

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 19, 2012

  • More than 150 gig crews took part in the Saltash Regatta at the weekend PICTURE: Penny Cross

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Hundreds of people dodged rain clouds and high winds to support two community events at the weekend.

Revellers came out in force for the Saltash Regatta, while across the water in Plymouth, Plympton St Maurice residents enjoyed fine cuisine at the traditional lamb feast.

The pirate-themed regatta saw 150 crews competing in the annual championship gig race and a waterside festival which included a colourful parade, fancy dress, a street market and music.

A mayoral party, town criers, May Fair princesses, youth groups and local residents joined the parade from Victoria Gardens via Fore Street to the waterside on Saturday.

Children were invited to wear pirate-themed fancy dress, and free pirate hats were handed out to festivalgoers.

The highlight on Sunday was the Kernocopia performance, which took a sideways look at the history of Cornwall.

Meanwhile, over in Plympton St Maurice, more than 80 legs of lamb were eaten at the annual event, which raises money for local conservation and charities. The feast, on the Castle Green, was part of the village's mid-summer festival.

It included morris dancing, a May fair parade, an open gardens event, stalls and entertainment.

Duncan Bray, event organiser, said: "The weather wasn't very kind to us on Saturday but the crowds still made an effort to come along in true British bulldog spirit.

"Around 2,500 people turned up to the lamb feast, and the whole weekend will have raised between £1,500 and £2,000 for conservation, preservation and local charities."

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