On the last Friday of November 2023, young people from the all-age Bodmin Way Community Choir were at the front of the procession and raring to go, with Millpool Chorale, Belt it out Bodmin - community choir and many more assembled behind. The procession left The Old Library at 6.15pm with Debby Fiddament (choir support) setting a great pace while Caroline Bailey (choir’s musical director and conductor), waved the Bodmin Way tinselled walking stick, as her baton, high in the air to keep all the singers in time.
O Little Town of Bethlehem and Jingle Bells rang out through the town.
Caroline Bailey said: “The procession was very festive and well received by the crowds lining the street as we all made our way to Mount Folly. The weather was kind, the moon shone and there was a wonderful atmosphere.”
Uniformed groups were out in force and Bodmin’s Mayor and Mayoress expressed their gratitude and compliments to the choir. Even Scrooge joined the procession, celebrating this year’s theme of Christmas past.
Once on Mount Folly, there was just time for Bodmin Way Community Choir to sing one of the songs it’s enjoyed during “Autumn Song” Wednesday evening sessions. On the steps of Shire Hall the choir sang an Enya number “White Is In the Winter Night”.
Debby Fiddament said: “The weather was perfect, and we even had moon and stars visible for the choir’s performance piece.”
Bodmin Way Community Choir’s conductor said: “The choir is developing a lovely rounded 'one voice' sound and deserves much praise for its hard work, 'can do' approach, warm positivity and gorgeous singing.”
With the countdown called the Christmas tree lights shone and community carol singing around the tree started, led by Bodmin Town Band and supported by local choirs, Belt it out Bodmin - community choir, Millpool Chorale and Bodmin Way Community Choir.
Photo credit: Paul Kenealy, Bodmin and District Camera Club