Truro City of Lights 2014 – Heroes

The City of Lights 2014 Procession in Truro is nearly upon us, and this year is centered on commemorating the First World War Centenary with the theme of Heroes.


The Truro School design team, led by Lower Sixth’s Patrick Thomas and assisted by Kieron Li and Piran Fisher, have created a 9ft figure to symbolise the 400 pupils and teachers of Truro School that fought for our country between 1914 and 1918. The Art Scholars, 10 pupils from the Prep School and other art enthusiasts have been busy helping make the figure and poppy lanterns to go alongside. They’re also creating a huge heart to follow, decorated with photographs of the pupils and teacher soldiers, alongside tissue poppies.


You can see pictures from the creation process in our gallery.


The Parade


The Light Parade will be on Wednesday 19 November and is starting at the earlier time of 6.30pm. It starts at Truro High School for Girls and the bigger lanterns will merge with the smaller schools at the road joining Lemon street, next to the estate agents Lillicrap Chilcott. When the first lanterns arrive at the main street, Boscawen Street Edward Myers, from Truro School’s 5th Year, will start to play the trumpet by the War Memorial. This will signal the switch on of the Christmas lights.


It’s going to be an exciting parade with new additions; as well as the fantastic lanterns, there will be digital displays, street performers and lots of music, so please come and show your support.


Click here for more information and a map of the processions.


Crowd Funding


Each year 25,000 people watch the procession and 1000 people take part. To keep this fantastic event running year after year, the organisers of City of Lights are asking for the public’s support, as much of the funding has been cut. Click here to find out how you can help.


On Tuesday 18 November, Truro School Art Teacher Lucy Joines and lead lantern designer Patrick will be interviewed by Tiffany Truscott on BBC Radio Cornwall, at 4:30pm, about the school’s involvement in City of Lights 2014.