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St Piran's Day celebrations to grow
St Piran's Day celebrations
Many parts of Cornwall, including Perranporth have celebrated St Piran's Day for many years

A campaign is underway in Cornwall to boost the number of St Piran's Day celebrations.

Many of us celebrate St Patrick's Day. Now Ben Read from Cornwall is heading up the campaign to make the Cornish saint's day just as big.

The campaign has begun by establishing St Piran's Day as a cross-Cornwall day of music and celebration by encouraging up to 500 pubs to take part.

Already a number of organisations have expressed an interest in taking part.

St Piran's Day celebrations
Many fly the flag for St Piran's Day

These include Cornwall Council, Feast, MAGA the Cornish Language Partnership, and the Cumpas music project.

Ben runs The Melting Pot in Redruth, which already hosts Cornish Language evenings and regularly features Cornish musicians.

Ben says: "It's a special day and we can celebrate Cornish-ness, and why we love living here. It could be very economically beneficial for us all.

"St Patrick's Day was a publicity stunt by the breweries. They sent out funny green hats one year and after twenty years on it's massive.

"We'd like to see lots of parades and parties, eating pasties and drinking Cornish ale. We want St Piran's Day to go international.

"With Cornwall and St Piran, there's a brand there. It's an exciting thing. Wave the flag, why not?"

Ben has set up a Facebook group to encourage more people to get involved.

"I want it to become a directory of everything that's going on. We want to get some excitement going for this year."

St Piran's Day 2011 falls on Saturday 5 March.

Ben says: "It's very handy it falls on a Saturday next year. We want it to grow year on year until it's huge.

"The main aim is to get live music in every venue and lots of people celebrating and having a party."

Many pubs in Cornwall have already signed up for a St Piran's Day pack.

Ben says: "In that pack we hope to put a St Piran's flag, bunting and free CDs with Cornish music. We're also going to have a special St Piran's pub quiz in there."

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