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Thousands sing Trelawny for St Piran’s Day

15 March 2016

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The second ever Trelawny Shout – a mass 9pm St Piran’s Day pub singalong of the Cornish anthem – was so well supported this year that it is set to become a firm fixture in Cornwall’s events calendar. Organised by the Cornwall Community Foundation, and generously supported by that other essential Cornish institution St Austell Brewery, the charitable amassed rendition was broadcast live by BBC Radio Cornwall, allowing people at home to join in too.

At one stage during the evening, so many people tried to download the lyrics to the famous song that the Cornwall Community Foundation’s website crashed for several minutes.

Oliver Baines, chief executive of the CCF, the charity behind the Trelawny Shout said “Interest in the Shout generated so much online traffic that our website decided it would deal with it all dreckly. What better proof do we need to know that this event is here to stay. It’s great news for everyone, as every penny raised stays in Cornwall.”  

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Adam Luck, St Austell Brewery's Estate Director commented, "Only in its second year and already the go-to event to celebrate St Piran's Day. I think that's a sure sign that the Shout is going to go from strength to strength. The simplest ideas always turn out to be the best ones; getting people together to raise their voices and enjoy each other's company with a drink or two - what could be finer? The Cornwall Community Foundation has created a true Cornish celebration and we are proud to be a part of it with the support of all of our wonderful tenants and managers and their pub teams across the estate."

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With nearly eighty pubs on board and hundreds of Cornwall’s best-loved voices from male voice choirs, shanty groups and community choirs leading the tune, towns and villages were alive with the sound of Reverend Robert Stephen Hawker’s iconic song.

The Trelawny Shout Facebook page and Twitter account were also buzzing with videos being posted from pubs, choirs and individuals.

In 2016 the North Inn at Pendeen raised the most money, with £450 being tossed into the CCF bucket.

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