The Trelawny Shout — the annual St Piran’s Day community rendition of Cornwall’s most famous anthem — will return on March 5.

Its success is in its simplicity: one song, one night, but thousands of voices raising the roofs of pubs up and down the land for Cornish charities.

This year is set to be even bigger and better as organisers have opened up the event to allow any charity, small or large, to be the beneficiary of their local’s party. If you are a fundraiser for a cause close to your heart and your local hasn’t yet hoisted it’s flag for the Shout, why not get in touch and persuade them to join in? Or perhaps you could consider putting on an event in your village hall.  All you need is a choir, a song sheet and a strong sense of identity!

As ever, St Austell Brewery will be digging deep to help its pubs put on a great evening, with a free cask of ale to help get the pennies rolling in.

Brewery curator, Chris Knight, said: “The Trelawny Shout is a heart-warming example of how even the furthest flung village or the largest town can feel a part of a bigger picture on St Piran’s Day. We love the spirit of the shout and we have supported participating pubs from the outset, offering the free cask to those who commit to doing their bit to fund-raise for local causes.”

‘It’s about belonging’

BBC Radio Cornwall will be covering the event in its evening programme, with the essential singing of Trelawny at 9pm, too, so that people at home can join in too.

“It’s about belonging,” says Rebecca Gregson, speaking from Trelawny Shout HQ, near Truro. “We’re not just talking about the Cornish born and bred, although let’s face it, we’re all a bit envious of them! People are proud to say they live and work here all year round, to bring their children up here, to know the dark and muddy months of winter, to understand it can be a tough life here, but to live it anyway.

“The Trelawny Shout allows us all to join together in a cosy pub on a dark cold night and express our joy in belonging to the Cornish community by belting out the best song in the world — what’s not to like?”

• If you run a pub, choir or charity, then the organisers of the Trelawny Shout want you to get together and make something happen this St Piran’s Eve. Let them know your plans by contacting them through Trelawny Shout’s Facebook or Twitter pages, or by e-mailing trelawnyshout@btinternet.com

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