From The Cornishman:
A CORNISH Christmas celebration is set to take place in Newlyn this weekend.
Arranged by Bewnans Kernow, a partnership cultural organisation, the event looks to champion the festive traditions of the Celtic land.
The evening will be held at the port's community centre on Saturday, and organiser Jane Howells said it was "vital to preserve" times past and to give residents the chance to learn more about what makes the region a special place.
"It's important to maintain the traditions and allow people to find out about Cornish Christmas," she said.
"I think lots of people don't know about these things. We want to provide an opportunity for people to celebrate Christmas in the Cornish way."
The one-off informal get-together features a talk from historian Simon Reed on various customs, and from Adam Kerr on Cornish luggers, as well as traditional music and carol singing.
The singing group Keur Heb Hanow, made up of Sarah Tresidder, Stephen Penhaligon, Miranda Penhaligon, Ros Peskett, Howard Peskett and Sue Hall, will perform live before handing over to Mick Paynter, a past grand bard, who will take charge of a suitably Cornish quiz.
Ms Howells said she hoped lots of people would enjoy the event, which was also a chance to commend much of the work done to maintain the county's heritage.
"It's going to be a truly fantastic local evening," she said. "Lots of organisations do so much for our culture."
The festive showpiece takes place on Saturday at 7.30pm, at The Newlyn Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn.
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