The sun shone across the weekend for the revival of Bodmin’s Riding & Heritage Festival and the people of Bodmin were out in (floral) force to enjoy it! Honouring the oldest tradition of the festival – the collection of flowers by the townspeople – the Mount Folly was decorated with knitted flowers and garlands provided by Stitch & Bitch Bodmin knitting group and festival goers were out in their floral finery.
Members of Bodmin & District Camera Club captured the action on the Saturday – there was lots going on throughout the town with spellbinding performances from members of the Vagabond Circus on Narisa Lawn; Viking battles on Priory Lawn by Cornish Dark Age re-enactment group Friends of Morvleydh; fantastic and varied dance performances from KBSK Performing Arts, Future Youth Dance, Tan ha Dowr, and Renaissance Historical Dance Society; drills by Napoleonic re-enactment group 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot; music from Bagas Crowd, Lost-e-Ukes and much much more. The noisy Helliers managed to track down the Beast of Bodmin and eventually presented it to the Ragadaziow and Justice Jan Tregeagle for trial on the Mount Folly.
Along with the Feast at St Petroc’s Church on the Friday night (with fantastic live music provided by Kescana and Daniel Woodfield with Bronnie Gibbons) and all the sporty activities on the Sunday, supported by Sustrans and Junior Parkrun, the 2019 festival weekend certainly went with a bang!