Nadelik Lyskerrys – a Liskeard Cornish Christmas 2020

Back in 2019 over 2000 people packed the streets for our Lights Up spectacular of lights and music, the culmination of a day of celebration around the town, and the start of the festive season which sees a fabulous display of Christmas lights and decorations in our lovely town.

But in 2020, thanks to Covid-19 things looked very different.

The town was decorated with Christmas lights as usual but unfortunately we were not able to have either a lantern procession or fireworks to celebrate the switching on of the lights.

Instead we asked the people of Liskeard to join together on Saturday 28th November at 6.30pm to celebrate on their doorsteps, to make their own lantern to display at home, or just shine a light to come together and brighten up the streets of the town.

We had a fantastic response to our lantern competition and the winners in each age category can be seen below:

Under 9 Years Old
1st Place – Indigo Violet Tubbritt age 7
Under 9 Years Old
2nd Place – Zephania Kanugha age 7
Under 9 Years Old
3rd Place – Elodie Allen age 6
Age 9-13
1st Place – Sophie Nettingham age 13
Age 9-13
2nd Place – Ethan Greenaway age 12
Age 9-13
3rd Place – Kaylah Cole age 9

Kana Nadelik, our annual Cornish singing sessions had to move online this year, but with the help of Rosie Fierek they were very successful and the final song can be seen below.

The song is Kana Kelyn Kelyn Oh (Sing Holly Holly Oh!), a traditional local carol collected in Callington in 1924 and now sung each year in Liskeard. The singers recorded themselves singing against a backing track which was then edited together by Kate McPherson.

Thanks to Feast, Cornwall Council, Arts Council England and Liskeard Town Council for the funding for this project.