Friday 6 December saw the efforts of Councillors and dedicated volunteers come to fruition when the Christmas Lights in Lanner were switched on.
Many gathered at Lanner School to form a lantern parade. Led by school children who had crafted ‘angel lanterns’ from willow, the Haylestorm Samba Band kept everyone entertained and to the beat as the parade wound their way to the Lanner Moor Playing Field. Watching the tiny lights approaching was quite a spectacle and many had made great effort wearing and carrying lights too.
At the Playing Field everyone was welcomed by the Lanner Band Academy who played traditional carols throughout the evening, with return performance from Haylestorm Samba. The Cornish Barista served hot drinks, Lanner Band served hot food, Lanner Hill Scouts roasted chestnuts and Father Christmas on his sleigh dropped in to hear wishes and offered presents to all well-behaved children. Thanks to generous donations many tasted their first mince pie of the season.
The Lanner Lions Mother & Toddler Group had made a fantastic effort to craft lanterns which they carried on the parade and then gathered ready for the traditional countdown. To the delight of the crowd the new displays of lights were illuminated by the children and a community Christmas was celebrated.
This year there had been many hurdles to overcome including the need to replace all the infrastructure that supports the lights at Lanner Square, the traditional location for the switch-on. Thanks to support from the Parish Council, grant from the Geothermal Project at United Downs, extremely generous donations from two residents, donation from local business and huge efforts by volunteers all was prepared in time to be successfully switched on. The Lanner Christmas Tree, sponsored by Redruth estate agent Bill Bannister, continues to provide a festive focus in the Square but safety requirements led to the actual switch-on being in the Playing Field. With nearly double the usual turnout, this was a well-called move and contributed to the event continuing for a good hour longer than usual.
Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Tim Luscombe commented “the staging of lights in Lanner has enjoyed fantastic support this year and there are a record number to thank. It was fantastic to see over 400 people, of all ages, attending and enjoying the spirit of a community Christmas. It was a difficult decision to move to the Playing Field but with such numbers everyone’s safety had to be a priority and tonight confirms we have done the right thing”.
With even more support pledged by residents willing to light displays it is greatly hoped that more displays can be arranged for next year with another similar event to celebrate the Christmas season.
Happy Christmas to one and all.