Early Morning Committee

John Eddy – Chairman
Kate Williams – Secretary
Mike Atkins – Treasurer
David Bowden
Brent Cox
Clinton Endean
John Hocking

Phillip Martin
David Osborne
Scott Parker
Nigel Pascoe
Phillip Thomas
Kevin Williams
Gwen Brokenshire

Jennifer Johns
Betty Liddicoat
Shelley Skewes
Sarah Sneddon
Alison Wilcock
Diane Williams
Jamie King

The Children's Dance

Two youngsters enjoying the early morning (or perhaps evening) dance.

The Morning Dance

Dancing begins at 7am when the early morning dance takes to the streets. This is the longest dance of the day and follows a route roughly outlining the extremities of "the old town". This dance was originally for the workers and servants who could have their enjoyment for the day before attending to their duties.

The Hal-an-Tow

At 8.30am the Mummers' play known as the Hal-An-Tow starts at St Johns Bridge and is then performed at several more venues around the town. Watch St George and St Michael slay the Dragon and the Devil, cheered on by a crowd dressed in Lincoln green and Elizabethan robes.

The Children's Dance

The children of the town dance at 9.40am. Over 1,000 take part all dressed in white with the boys wearing their school ties and the girls wearing head dresses in their school colours. This dance starts at the bottom of Wendron Street.

The Midday Dance

At midday, there's the principal dance. This is The Ancient Furry Dance and was, in the past, reserved for the gentry of Helston and the surrounding district. Participation is still by invitation only and there is no greater honour for a Helstonian than to be asked to lead the dance. To do so you have to be Helston born.