A Big Thank You

A Big Thank You

A huge list of people to thank for their part in St. Austell Torchlight Carnival 2019, I don’t think I have left anyone out, but feel free to correct me if I’ve missed anyone.

First and most importantly massive thanks to our tiny committee – Andy Retallick and Chris Knight who are responsible for keeping everyone safe during the procession and safe parking at One Stop Shop, Liz Jenkins and her Soroptomist ladies for manning the registration desk and collating the entries, Tim Webb and his team at Polkyth who sort the buckets and the hi vis and spend hours counting the money in those buckets and last, but not least, Cllr. Sandra Heyward our Treasurer who has the responsibility of looking after the Torchlight finances and the trophies. You are all amazing and I know your roles are in safe hands year on year.

Thanks to Brian and Ian Jenkins of Cornwall Signs for leading the procession and setting the pace.

Thanks to Helen Bowman for taking charge of our Collectors – 2 years ago Helen was desperately ill in need of a heart transplant and took charge of the collectors from her mobility scooter. What a difference in 2019, following a successful transplant Helen not only returned to take back her role, she also walked the route collecting on the way dressed as The Queen of Hearts. She certainly is!

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters:
Cornwall Signs, Steve Andrews Tyres, Imerys, Kneehigh, St. Austell Town Council, St. Austell BID, SPS Creative Design, White River Place, Kernow Viddy, Cornwall Live, Cornwall Council, Radio St. Austell Bay, White River Cinema, Front Line Security, the volunteers of St. John’s Ambulance, the staff at Cornwall Signs, Cornwall College, Poltair School, Andy Loos, Richard Whitehouse for streaming via Cornwall Live and Andy Ward.

Thanks to our judges who have an impossible task on the night.

Thanks to our Marshalls on the roads and at the One Stop Shop, a big responsibility assisting with safety and rolling road closures.

Thanks to the many St. Austell Town Councillors and Cornwall Councillors who pitch in to assist with collecting and marshalling.

Thanks to our marvellous entries, without them there would be no Torchlight Carnival.

You are an amazing bunch of people and I couldn’t have done it without you...

And finally a very, very special thanks to my wonderful friends who took on the huge task of stewarding alongside me at St. Austell College, working your socks off to get everyone in safely, get the entries in the right place and get the show on the road bang on 6pm. You are an amazing bunch of people and I couldn’t have done it without you. I hope you will all forgive my meltdown – nothing personal, it’s an annual thing as the clock ticks down to 6pm. Every year we experience a different challenge, but this year was pretty spectacular and completely out of our hands, it’s to your credit that we got the show on the road bang on time and nobody else was aware of how fiercely we were paddling to sort it!

Next year’s date for your diaries – Saturday November 14th 2020

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