Crowds flock to Fal River Festival

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Organisers are hailing the opening weekend of the Truro and Penwith College Fal River Festival as a great success.

Betty Stoggs leads the Truro and Penwith College Beer Fleet
Betty Stoggs leads the Truro and Penwith College Beer Fleet

Despite the windy conditions, the festival got underway with the traditional Beer Fleet from Truro to Falmouth.

Around 300 people boarded the flotilla, which had local icon Betty Stoggs as the figurehead, and enjoyed beer and pasties in blustery conditions.

The fleet was boosted by the presence of the 116ft Bessie Allen, an eight-sail trading ketch, and the first tall ship to take part in the procession.

The ten- day festival, which celebrates life on and around the River Fal, runs until Sunday, June 2 and features over 150 events covering music, theatre, art, food, drink, sport and water.

Fal River’s Tommy Tonkins, said: “There was a real buzz for the Beer Fleet. The weather was mixed in the morning and I think people were wondering how it would turn out.

“But apart from it being a little bit windy the weather was perfect and everyone had a fantastic time.”