Primary, secondary and adult samba players in and around Truro are getting themselves ready for the largest samba parade of the year so far.
This Saturday sees the start of the Olympic Torch's journey around the UK, starting at Land's End here in Cornwall. To celebrate this very important day, there is a large celebration in Truro, including a parade of 1500 athletes from all over the county. The parade will be headed by Truro School of Samba under its director Sean Hooper, a Music Cornwall teacher, and bringing up the rear will be young samba players including some from Bosvigo, Troon, Mithian, Mount Hawke and Weeth primary schools, joined by adult players from Haylestorm, based in Hayle, all coordinated by Andy Bilham who also teaches for Music Cornwall.
The parade will leave the Lander Memorial at the top of Lemon Street at 11.00am and will make its way down Lemon Street, culminating in a mass play with all the samba players together on lemon Quay at around 11.30am.
This is a great chance for our young sambistas to put into practice all that they have been learning over the winter months, and not only in front of thousands of people, but possibly some TV cameras too!
The Torch has been lit, the costumes have been sorted, the sunshine has been ordered, so come along for a great party atmosphere and some bangin' samba!