|7th place at Torquay Contest|
7th place at Torquay - well done to Derek and the Band! A very enjoyable day and our first contest together.
Perhaps not the best result ever... but we can be very proud of what our 'new' Band is achieving and move forward.
A special well done to our young soloists, Andy and Sean and congratulations to Lanner and Camborne Bands.
Helston Town Band is extremely proud of its association with Helston Flora Day, when our 'quaint old Cornish town' throngs with thousands of people. Flora Day is usually held on 8th May unless this falls on a Sunday or Monday.
Brighouse and Rastrick Band recorded its own version of 'The Floral Dance' in 1977. But it is only Helston Town Band who can claim ownership of the authentic Flora Dance. Passed down through the generations of Helston bandsmen and women, no written music exists. The Flora Dance is sacred to Helston Town Band and has never been written on manuscript to ensure it remains only within the band.
The Helston Flora Dance CD-Single, recorded by Helston Town Band in 2006, is available to order online - click here to order
On Flora Day, there are four dances throughout the day led by the band:
The first and last dances are led by Helston Senior Band, who are joined by the Junior Band, Beginners Band and invited guest players for the remaining dances. In total, senior band members cover an incredible 16 miles - playing the Flora Dance nearly 1000 times!
A few legends exist surrounding the origin of Flora Day, but the most famous relates to St Michael's victory over the Devil who reputedly tore the lid off Hell (i.e. Hell's Stone), as depicted on the Helston Town Band emblem.
To view photos of past Flora Days, visit our online gallery .
See Latest News for our Flora Day Diary 2011