What a weekend it’s been! After months of planning, the 2017 Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival took place over the weekend, and it couldn’t have gone any better. The sun shone on Falmouth, shanty singers from around the world took to stages dotted through the town, and music could be heard along every street and alley.
This year saw a record number of people attend the festival, an estimated 50,000 visitors are thought to have joined in the celebrations. While it’s the perfect excuse to wear stripes and join in with our favourite song, the shanty festival also helps raise important funds for the RNLI.
We know Betty Stoggs raised over £6000 (and earned herself a dip in the harbour) and The Pirates of St Piran shanty singers raised £3000, earning themselves top prize for the most amount raised by a group. There are still lots of buckets to be counted, but we’re expecting a record breaking total for the RNLI this year.
We danced, we sang, we tapped our feet. We basked in the sunshine and we embraced our seafaring heritage. The atmosphere was one of joy and full of the amazing community spirit Cornwall is known for.
We’re looking forward to next year already (22nd – 24th June 2018)!