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Mousehole village illuminations
Illuminations light up the village of Mousehole
The Mousehole illuminations attract people from all over the world

You can see the annual display of Christmas lights in Mousehole until 3 January.

The Christmas lights were started in 1963 by Mousehole-based artist, Joan Gilchrest with a string of coloured bulbs put up along both quays.

The spectacle has grown considerably since then and now attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

The Mousehole Lights is run solely by unpaid volunteers and money is collected to keep the tradition alive.

This year the lights will be switched on by the Mrs Angela Keates and her family.

The 'Carolaire Choir' comprising of The Mousehole Male Voice Choir, Members of The Mousehole Methodist Church and friends from the community, will lead the community singing.

If wet weather, the Carolaire service will be held in Mousehole Methodist Church.

Dove of peace
The dove of peace features in the Newlyn lights

From Sunday 19 December to Monday 3rd January the lights will be switched on from 5pm approximately until 11pm, with the exception on Sunday 19th December when the lights will be switched off from 8pm - 9pm in remembrance of the crews of the Solomon Browne lifeboat and Union Star coaster.

The last night of the Christmas lights will be Monday 3rd January 2011.

Another unique event that takes place over Christmas in Mousehole is the celebration of a dish unique to the village - Star Gazey Pie. The lights beneath the Ship Inn pub symbolise the dish which is prepared and eaten on 23rd December- Tom Bawcock's Eve. Legend has it that residents were starved of fish because of a stormy winter.

Weeks had passed and no fishermen had been able to set sail. Two nights before Christmas one of these local fishermen, Tom Bawcock, braved the storm and through some miracle caught 7 types of different fish and brought them back to the village...

Star Gazey Pie
A dish unique to the village - Star Gazey Pie

Tom became a local hero and every year is honoured because of his courage on the 23rd December when the Star Gazey Pie is cooked at The Ship Inn and brought out at midnight.

Nearby, Newlyn also boasts an impressive display of festive illuminations, which you can view on your way if you are arriving from Penzance.

Newlyn lights are just as spectacular, with the illuminations distributed around the fishing harbour, along the pier and along the surrounding roads.

There is a park and ride facility from Penzance harbour carpark.




SEE ALSO
Montol mid-winter festival 2010
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