St. Piran’s Day dedicated to Cornish mayor Terry Hocking |

St. Piran’s Day dedicated to Cornish mayor Terry Hocking

The Grass Valley Downtown Association and City of Grass Valley are dedicating this year’s St. Piran’s Day celebration to the memory of Mayor Terry Hocking of Bodmin, Cornwall, who died in October.

As mayor, Hocking was instrumental in establishing the sister city relationship between Grass Valley and Bodmin about ten years ago. He traveled to Grass Valley in 1997 to attend ceremonies and participate in talks that led to a formal relationship.

Outgoing and genial, Hocking quickly made friends in Grass Valley and left a lasting impression. At public events he wore the town mail, an ornately decorated chain of office that Bodmin mayors have worn for more than 150 years. It made a majestic impression when worn by Terry, who was 6-foot-4.

Grass Valley’s Mayor Mark Johnson later traveled to Cornwall to return Hocking’s visit and cemented the relationship. Mayors Linda Stevens and Patti Ingram also traveled to Bodmin for official functions. Eleanor Kenitzer has led the Grass Valley – Bodmin Sister City association since its inception.

The sister city relationship has led to the exchange of choirs, city officials and public safety officers. A number of tour groups from Grass Valley and Bodmin have exchanged visits and school children have held teleconferences.

Terence Charles Hocking, a Bodmin merchant, entered public life in 1993 and served on both the Bodmin town council and the North Cornwall district council.

Hocking strove to preserve the center of his ancient town and was a driving force behind the restoration of the Shire Hall. The hall has become one of the important meeting and performance venues in Cornwall.

In addition to his wide interest in civic affairs, Hocking was an angler, church organist and president of the Bodmin Town Band. He was involved in charity work, especially with veteran organizations. He served as mayor in 1997 and 2003. He was 64.

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