Porthleven and Loe Bar.
"Home of The Furry Dance"
Flora Day is held every year on May 8th except when
this date falls on a Sunday or Monday, then it is held on the
preceding Saturday. This celebration is believed to be pre-Christian
and at one time during the Victorian era was banned as being "a
drunken revelry." The whole town is decorated with local
greenery and bluebells which grow in millions in the surrounding countryside.
."Dancing here, prancing there, jigging,
jogging everywhere" To the beat of the big base drum,
elegant gentlemen and their ladies dance in and out of Churches,
shops and houses. The day starts with the 7.00 am dance (originally
for the servants of the gentry) with the Gentlemen wearing shirt and
tie and the ladies wearing light summer dresses. This is followed by
a boisterous dance cum play called the Hal-an-Tow. Verses of this
have reference to Robin Hood, the Spanish Armada and St George and
Next to follow about 10.30am is the Children's Dance.
The boys and girls are all dressed smartly and are decorated with
flowers and lily of the valley. Nobody minds if the children are
slightly out of step as the procession is so long that many are out
of earshot of the band.
At noon the main dance of the day is started. This is
the formal dance with the men wearing morning dress and the ladies
magnificent ball gowns and hats that could be the envy of
"Ascot." This dance is always led by a couple born in Helston.
At the bottom of Coinagehall street are many stalls
selling souvenirs, crafts and food, running all the way down to
Coronation Park where a large fairground is set up. The celebrations
last well into the evening with Helston's many public houses doing a
Day Taverns Attractions Porthleven Helford Lizard