NCI CAPE CORNWALL ENJOY THE LAFROWDA FESTIVAL

20th July 2019. The team from NCI Cape Cornwall enjoyed the annual Lafrowda festival this weekend.

The Lafrowda festival takes place in St Just during July and culminates in a one day extravaganza with parades, stalls and live music. The volunteers from the National Coastwatch Institution station at Cape Cornwall, the most westerly NCI station in Britain, manned a stall in the middle of the activities to promote what they do, raise funds and attract new watchkeepers.

Pete Munday, Pete Winterson & Hugh Thomas erected the Cape Cornwall gazebo before the event, and the stall was manned by Station Manager Richard Saynor and a team of watchkeepers that included - Jennifer Tuson, Pat Stanton-Nadin, Jocelyn Pardoe, Russ Durbridge, Roland Mannering, Phil Oldfield, Graham Oakley, Jeremy Spanton, Ian Watling, Pete Munday & Jonathan Rothwell. The stall was a very popular attraction, especially the raffle for a mounted clock and barometer which raised £115 for station funds. Cape Cornwall’s own roving collector Elsie Ash, fresh from collecting at the Scillonian gangplank, toured the festival raising funds.

At the end of the day, the team had raised over £630 thanks to the generosity of the visitors at the festival. Not only was Cape Cornwall able to raise an incredible amount of money but they also made some good contacts for potential new watchkeepers and raised the NCI profile during the charity’s 25th Anniversary year.

The photograph shows some of the Cape Cornwall team at their stall before the festival opened.

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