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19-12--2007, 12:47 PM
Lescudjack Iron Age hill fort is to be officially handed back to the people of Penzance on the Winter Solstice to mark the revival of the Cornish mid-winter festival of Montol.

A wealth of pagan and Christian traditions are to be blended together in a similar way to the towns mid-summer celebration of Golowan. The festival of Montol (Cornish for Winter Solstice) runs from the 15th to the 22nd December, and will culminate with the lighting of the Mock (Cornish Yule log) atop the ancient beacon of Lescudjack Hill Fort.

A masked candle-lit procession will leave the town centre for the Hill Fort on Solstice eve (21st December) at 6.30pm and will wind its way to the ancient Iron Age hilltop site in the east of the town, overlooking the harbour and Mount's Bay. Further celebrations will be held around the town centre during the evening with mummers plays, Cornish carols and live music. Plus fun and frolicks at the docks around 10.30pm with the Golowan Band and Penglaz, the towns Solstice 'Obby 'Oss.

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21-12--2007, 06:31 PM