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28th June 2016


Festival Biggest Ever!

This year’s Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival saw the biggest crowds yet with an estimated 40,000 visitors throughout the town during the weekend! We had sunny (and drizzly!) main stages, outdoor shanty stops, traditional venues and the sell-out Falmouth Packet Gala Concert all in aid of the RNLI. It was an enormous success and we want to say a big thank you to Skinners Brewery and Seasalt Clothing, as well as all of the other sponsors and advertisers, for their support. We'd also like to thank all volunteers and committee members for all their efforts and the hard work they put in to make the event such a success!

Unbelievably, Betty Stogs from Skinners beat her goal of raising £5,000 for the RNLI, which is the most money raised yet, with still more to be counted!  Betty raised an incredible £5136 over the festival, narrowly avoiding the swim in the harbour promised if she didn’t hit her target. The festival committee would like to thank each and every person who donated, collected, and helped to raise money to save lives at sea.

Betty Stogs, of Skinners Brewery, said: “I’ve had a great time this year, as always, and the people of Falmouth (and beyond!) have been so very giving. The festival is one of the biggest events for me, and I really enjoy meeting everyone and raising money for the Falmouth RNLI. An anonymous donor even placed a blank cheque in my bucket, in case I missed my target, which was absolutely amazing. I’m very happy that together we raised over £5000, and saved my new hairdo from a soaking in the ocean!”

Town Manager and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Richard Gates said “It takes an unbelievable amount of planning and hard work to ensure an event of this scale comes together as well as it has done. I would like to thank everyone who is involved and especially the festival committee. The money raised has been truly amazing and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with our fundraising. We will know the exact amount raised for the RNLI in the coming months.“

For the first time in 2016, two group winners were announced for the Beat Betty Competition: The Pirates of St Piran and Shake a Leg. It was a remarkable year with shanty group Pirates of St Piran, who raised £1,714, and Shake a Leg were announced the individual winners, raising nearly £200 per member!