The Bells of Truro

The Bells of Truro

A Cornishwoman remembers her childhood and teenage years in the 1920s and '30s. The setting is mostly Truro, Falmouth and St Mawes, but there are also accounts of short stays in Mabe and Gerrans, and family excursions and holidays in Plymouth, Hayle and Perranporth. Above all this is a vivid and sensitive account of the family relationships, and the pleasures and pains of "growing up".

Extract

Before the music starts a current of expectation swirls around and through the groups gathered in the road to the Castle or Point and on the Quay. The sun glitters on brass bands and instruments and strips of gold on bandsmen's uniforms as the men greet each other before their marathon task.