There are lots of reasons to love Truro but, in my opinion, two days of the year really sum up the spirit of people in this great little city. They are the ROC5K in June and the City of Lights Parade in November. This blog has had a long association with the fun run, and we’re thrilled to announce that we are now media partners with the City of Lights as well.
The weather didn’t deter over 600 runners and supporting businesses on Tuesday last week. After one of the best spells of weather we’ve had for a while, the rain seemed to come out of nowhere! And boy did it rain. Lemon Quay was like Glastonbury without the mud (or Katy Perry in her spangly one piece).
A sea of orange runners
We did all get wet – very wet, but in a great show of community spirit and commitment, the race went off without a hitch and it was smiles all round from the runners, the charity and the sponsors. The ROC5K grows each year and supports adults with learning disabilities, helping them to fulfil their potential. It’s always such a great privilege to be involved with the charity as, a community which supports its most vulnerable, is a good place to live.
The City of Lights
I’ve written before about moving to Truro and the impact of the City of Lights parade. Honestly, we had NO idea what this meant and I don’t think I’d even seen a lantern before. Let alone a 10-foot lantern of a jovial butcher waggling a bunch of sausages at the crowd. The night air was still and Truro was absolutely heaving, with the pavements being 5 or 6 deep. Our boys were young with Henry being hoisted on Matthew’s shoulders so he didn’t miss any of the excitement.
A date in the calendar
Every year now we mark the date in the calendar and we’ve even hosted drinks at our house before hand so we can all walk down Lemon Street together. If you’ve never experienced the City of Lights Parade, go to your diary right now and in large letters on 22nd November 2017 write ‘TRURO CITY OF LIGHTS.
Can you help?
I’ll be lending my help to the City of Lights and I wonder if you can too? For less than a cup of coffee, you can ensure that Christmas in Truro starts with a bang.
Claire Eason Bassett says
“Last year, we were bowled over with the support from the community and local businesses. Without this financial backing City of Lights would not have made its 20th year and we need your support to make it happen in 2017. We are delighted with the support already committed from our sponsors, partners, Truro City Council and Truro BID, but we need everyone to get behind it and pledge. It could be as simple as donating £2 via ‘COL17 £2’ to 70070. If every person who attended the event gave just £2, the parade would be secure.”
And if you’re a business, you might want to join with Bonhams, Stormfront, Taylor Wimpey, Truro & Penwith College, Redrow, Waitrose and Wolfrock and become a corporate sponsor.
So there are my two dates in the Truro calendar which sum up, for me, why it’s such a great place to live. I’m sure you’ve got your favourites too – we’d love to know what they are!