On Wednesday 20 November, Truro School pupils joined hundreds of children from across the county to take part in Truro’s annual City of Lights Festival.
This year, with the theme of Expect the Unexpected, the stunning procession saw a whale, a dinosaur and a ballerina making their way through the town, among countless other glowing wonders.
Truro School were proud of take part in what was a wonderful event for the 6th year. Led by Upper Sixth’s Art Scholar Jack – and flanked by 20 pupils and a collection of Art Department staff – a mighty dragon flew down the streets bearing the name of Truro School.
Lucy Joines, Project leader and Teacher of Ceramics at the School, described how Jack, now in his final year, wanted to ‘go out with a bang’:
“As an Art Scholar, Jack has been part of the City of Lights since Year 1. About a month before the Lantern workshop, he approached us asking if he could be involved in making a large lantern for the parade this year.”
Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown said: “This was my very first encounter of Truro’s City of Lights. I am simply blown away by the magnificent display of artistic talent and community spirit shown by Cornwall’s boys and girls.”
With the help of Upper Sixth’s Valeria, 3rd Year’s Alex, Adrian and Oliver and Lana from 2nd Year, Jack created 7.5 metre long Delilah the Dragon. The cloud lanterns that floated alongside Delilah where made in a workshop run by visiting artist Amanda Lorens, by a collection of Art Scholars and Art enthusiasts from the Senior and Prep Schools.
“The night of the Parade was magical and fantastical,” Lucy continued, “but at times it was hair-raising, especially when Delilah and the clouds tried to blow away in the wind! There were some fantastic lanterns in the parade, as well as great music. The whole event with the huge crowds was amazing.”
The Headmaster added: “Delilah was up there with the best and I’m very proud of our Art Department. Our beacon of excellence really did shine last night.”
You can see more pictures from the parade in our gallery.