The Helston Flora Day Stewards, unfortunately, have taken the decision to cancel Flora Day for 2020 due to the coronavirus.
This decision has not been taken lightly, a great deal of time and planning has gone into the event, nevertheless, we feel strongly that the health, safety, and wellbeing of our Dancers, Hal an Tow, Band and general public must be our top priority.
Stewards Chairman John Eddy said, “The government has stated that the coronavirus outbreak has not yet peaked and has taken the steps to discourage large-scale events and avoid all non-essential contact”.
Hon Secretary Nick Wills said, “It is with the government guidance that we take this decision with a heavy heart, all those invited to take part will have their invitations honoured in 2021”.
The Morning Dance
Dancing begins at 7am when the early morning dance takes to the streets. This is the longest dance of the day and follows a route roughly outlining the extremities of "the old town". This dance was originally for the workers and servants who could have their enjoyment for the day before attending to their duties.
At 8.30am the Mummers' play known as the Hal-An-Tow starts at St Johns Bridge and is then performed at several more venues around the town. Watch St George and St Michael slay the Dragon and the Devil, cheered on by a crowd dressed in Lincoln green and Elizabethan robes.
The Children's Dance
The children of the town dance at 9.40am. Over 1,000 take part all dressed in white with the boys wearing their school ties and the girls wearing head dresses in their school colours. This dance starts at the bottom of Wendron Street.
The Midday Dance
At midday, there's the principal dance. This is The Ancient Furry Dance and was, in the past, reserved for the gentry of Helston and the surrounding district. Participation is still by invitation only and there is no greater honour for a Helstonian than to be asked to lead the dance. To do so you have to be Helston born.