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7:01am 23rd June 2012

Penzance insists funding cuts will not hit Mazey Day.

Up to forty thousand people are packing into the town for the culmination of the ten day Golowan Festival.

Hundreds of Penwith schoolchildren will parade through the streets carrying giant paper sculptures.

Organisers say locals and businesses rallied round, after it was faced with budget cuts of a third.  

Cornwall Council has since granted Golowan Festival some extra funding.

Tracey Bowers is in charge of marketing and says everyone is dedicated to making it a special day: "Businesses and individuals have been contributing funds to help keep the festival going, to make it as good and even better than it always is. It's been good to see how much Golowan means to people, because it really is a community event, it's everyone's festival."

"It's good for business; it brings in a huge amount to the Cornish economy. It's a great day, and you know, times are difficult, and this is just a big event to celebrate what children's' schools are doing, what families are doing, local bands."

The festival is a celebration of Midsummer's Day, the church feast of St John The Baptist. It is an important day in Penzance's calendar as St John is the town's Patron Saint.

The celebrations were supressed in the late Victorian era and all but forgotten for nearly a hundred years, before being revived in 1991.

7:01am 23rd June 2012

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