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10 things you know only if you grew up in Truro

10 things you know only if you grew up in Truro

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:05am 18th August 2018. (Updated at 8:15am 18th August 2018)

No matter where you live in Cornwall, each town and village has a long list of 'things you only knew up if you grew up here' and Truro is no exception! 

Those of us lucky enough to live in the Duchy are the envy of all who visit and those of us born here are loyally fierce to our Cornish roots.

Home is where the heart is after all!

For those who call Truro home, here are 10 things only you will understand.

1. Penair vs Richard Lander

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The Penair versus Richard Lander rivalry runs deep.

The long standing rivalry between Penair and Richard Lander goes back decades.

Sitting on the fence with this one is not allowed. Once you are in, you pledge your allegiance and there is no going back.

Don not even think about befriending anyone from the opposite side. Iif you do, it is all clandestine rendezvous' or plausible deniability because it is too controversial to be seen in public together.

Which school has your vote?

2. It is home to Cornwall's great Lantern Festival

Truro really is the City of Lights at Cornwall's annual lantern festival. 

The event marks the beginning of the festive season with people flocking to the streets to admire the procession of music, dance and giant paper lanterns.

It is a right of passage for every Truronian graduating from Primary school.

Parading through the streets with your year 6 classmates, you get to stay up way past bed time, march to the samba band and show off your handmade lantern.

And if you are really lucky, you will get dinner from the chippy as a treat on the way home.

3. Movie nights at the Plaza


Since 1936 when it first opened, the Plaza cinema has stood at the heart of our great little City.

If you are of a certain generation you will remember when it staged live shows and only had one screen.

We almost lost it to a Bingo hall but it has stood the test of time and now has a 5th screen.

When Grease premiered at the cinema, people queued all the way down to the bottom of Lemon Street.

An integral part of history, many a Truronian has excitedly stood in line to see the newest blockbuster hit.

4. It is (arguably) home to the quirkiest street name

Britain has some real unique street names but Cornwall's win hands down; when does the Duchy not come out on top?

Our old Cornish language puts us a cut above the rest of the country when it comes to naming beautiful places.

Places like Botusfleming, Cockwells, Skinner's Bottom, Pityme and Linkinhorne are among the quirkier corners of our little county. 

Home to many windy streets and tiny cobbled lanes Truro gets the crown for 'Squeeze Guts Alley'.

Truronians know to avoid this alley when they are laden up with shopping bags - single file only please! 

5. Truro School discos

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The buzz around Truro School discos lasted for weeks.

Those who did attend Truro School only have to listen to a throwback playlist to remember the Truro School discos. One rule - what happened at the disco stays at the disco.

The beauty of going to boarding school was bending the after hours rules. 

The old school hallways have featured in many a Truro School or Truro High School pupil's star-crossed romance. 

For the rebels, there would be hell to pay if they were found in the other school's dorms after dark. 

6. Getting a parking space ain't going to happen

Finding a parking space can be a bit of a nightmare, especially on the weekends.

If you are lucky enough to live locally you do not waste your time with the car parks.

Parallel parking on a hill - not a problem. But of course, neither is walking because it does not take long from your house. 

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7. The Loft was the best nightclub EVER!

We all have a few tales from nights spent cutting shapes on the sticky floors of the City's favourite nightclub, The Loft.

The two floor venue first opened in Lemon Quay but later relocated and changed it's name to 'L2'.

If you were off 'out, out', you better believe you would end up in L2.

Remembering how you got there was not always as guaranteed.

It was the venue we all loved to hate and nothing prepared Truronians for the devastation of its closure.

Most of us are still grieving. The fact it is now a 24-hour gym is just wrong!

8. Pic 'n mix at Woolies was actually a game of Tetris

Nothing beats the feeling of triumph when you managed to pack all your favourite sweets into your Pic 'n Mix cup at Woolies.


Finishing school and racing to Woolies for Pic 'n Mix was part of your daily routine. 

Stuffing your favourite sweets into your cup just right so you could squeeze a few more in, that was the trick.

The day Woolies disappeared from our high streets was indeed a sad day for us all. 

Where else could you go and get that many E-numbers all at once?

9.  Come rain or shine the train station is ALWAYS freezing 

If you are catching a train you best layer up because the City's only train station is always cold.

No matter the weather, your teeth will be chattering!

It is no secret that Cornish transport sometimes struggles to run on time and Truro's trains are no exception.

However, it has a quaint feel that makes you feel like you are in a black and white movie so we forgive and forget.

Until, that is, we are stood shivering on the platform again!

10. Hall For Cornwall statue

The drummer statue that had us tittering like schoolkids again.

Truro is the only place you can find a statue with a huge drummer standing tall and proud. 

When the statue was first put up it has the less mature of us tittering like school children. 

Made of Cornish tin and copper you can find the 15ft naked sculpture in front of the Hall For Cornwall.

Lemon quay would not be the same without him now!

We have probably missed a couple of corkers on our list so feel free to send us your ideas at the link below!

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