Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant
Every year for the past 25 years, the Cornish town of Lostwithiel has hosted what may be the last non-commercial carol singing event in the country, Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant. A turn-out of more than 200 people is not unusual for this event which is quite a substantial amount of people for a small Cornish town.
The event was originally devised by Rachel John, authoress of the Cornish Book of Saints and editor of the Penguin Dictionary of Saints. Initially it took place with the help of Lostwithiel Chamber of Commerce. Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant takes place on the third Saturday of every December.
A walking Tableau of biblical characters, in full costume set out from the Community Centre at 4.15 and process through the town of Lostwithiel, stopping at key points and singing Christmas Carols, with music played by the Lostwithiel Silver Band. A tasty, mulled drink is provided en route and there is bread and soup at the Community Centre after the pageant. The Pageant is organised and run by local people in a voluntary capacity. Regular characters include: