A FLOOD of musicians and dancers will fill the streets of Callington next month to celebrate the third Callington MayFest.

The centre of the town will be closed to traffic on Saturday, May 9. Dancers will gather at 12.30pm in the Saltash Road Recreation Park and will process down Saltash Road and into town at 1pm — bystanders and visitors will be encouraged to join in.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be performances by Wreckers Border Morris, Hevva Cornish Dancers, Plymouth Maids and Tywardreath Morris.

There will be young dancers from Delaware and St Dominic schools and adult dancers from the Callington Cornish dance sessions led by Carmen Hunt.

Music will be provided by Callington Town Band and the MayFester led by Rosie Fierek.

A special feature for this year's festival will be Cornish giants made by Callington, St Dominic, Gunnislake and Delaware primary schools, Callington Rotary Club, Gorfenna Craft Centre and the New Outlook Club.

The procession will set off down into Fore Street, where there will be Maypole dancing, Morris dancing and Cornish dancing in the street and in the local pubs, church and town hall.

The choir Canticorum will be performing, Bill Chubb will be telling Cornish tales, there will be an artisan market in Biscombe's Lane and a 'Fun Cry' by seven town criers led by Callington's crier Tony Stentiford as well as many other activities going on throughout the afternoon.

Festival director Peter Watson said: 'This event is the third MayFest that has been organised by Callington Arts Venue (CAVe). It would not have been possible without funding from FEAST and the Big Lottery Fund.

'We're really pleased with the number of groups that have made giants under the supervision of artist Sue Field. We don't know what these giants look like so it's going to be a surprise on the day.

'Running up to the event, dance and music workshops have been run in the town hall. These workshops have been supported by Cornish dance tutor Carmen Hunt and the music has been directed and arranged by Rosie Fierek.

'It's been very pleasing to see local businesses coming on board. Also, thanks to the Biscombe Lane traders, we've been able to bring the spectacular Lizard stallions to town. You'll see them in the procession and giving rides around the town.

'If you go into the town hall you will also be able to hear a specially composed piece by Bill Leith, a melody of Cornish dance tunes to be played by Callington Town Band.'

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