Carnivals became a regular feature of Newlyn life after the Perkin Warbeck Pageant of 1906, which was part of a wider set of seaside pageants and involved most members of the community from the fish dealers and fishermen, to the artist community and other residents of Newlyn. ‘Newlyn Pirates’ was one of the carnival floats in1938, the last Newlyn carnival before world war two. The nine men dressed as pirates with a Union Jack include Bry Paul, Arthur Harvey, Frank Rowe, Tommy Thomas, Andrew Harvey, Billy Stevenson, Jacky Cocks and Thornton Trahair. It is not surprising that carnivals became popular in the twentieth century as in the nineteenth century the most important holidays were celebrated with the Galas arranges by the church and chapels of Newlyn and took place alongside Sunday school tea treats and other celebrations. These Galas were painted by the Newlyn artists; Frank Bramley also painted the actual banner used in the Primitive Methodist Band of Hope parades that were part of their Gala Day. Choirs were also part of church and chapel activities; later the Newlyn Male Voice Choir was formed, sadly disbanded in 2014 after more than three quarters of a century of singing. There were Regattas in Mount’s Bay, in which the fishermen masters of the old luggers excelled, and the Newlyn Harbour Sports which included swimming, rowing and lots of fun events. On land there were fairs and other festivities, and the all important Newlyn Rugby team whose home ground was St Goulders Field. Click on the PDF file below to explore what is in the archive about Leisure in Newlyn.

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