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St Ives' Feast Day traditions carry on in good spirit

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

  • St Ives Guisers play during the march back to The Guildhall from St Ia's Well. PZPM20140210A-005_C.jpg

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THE MAYOR of St Ives pledged to protect the traditions of the town as he presided over another successful Feast Day in the town.

Dignitaries from surrounding towns were invited to watch as the traditional programme of events unfolded, with the procession to the St Ia's Well and St Ia Parish Church, the chase for the silver ball and the throwing of pennies to the town's youngsters from the Guildhall balcony.

The day was capped with a pasty lunch for a record 170 guests and townsfolk from various organisations in the Guildhall.

The pasties from St Ives baker Ferrell's of Fore Street were followed by cakes made by a number of volunteers including Mayoress Denise Nicholls and Deputy Mayor Tamsyn Williams and her sister Heather.

Music was provided by Dave and Dee Brotherton and Baggas Porthia.

The lunch also saw the announcement of a record £500 raised through sponsorship at the St Ives Annual Fun Run, which will go towards the creation of an orphanage in Sierra Leone.

Earlier the famed silver ball had been returned by two young men from the town – Loki Allen and Soul Hardy – rather than the traditional one.

Mayor of St Ives Colin Nicholls said: "It was very good how the silver ball came back.

"The younger boy actually had it but the older boy thought he had won it, but he gracefully gave it to the younger person, which is what it's all about – fair play is good play.

"The whole day has seen a very good turnout, and that's really nice to see.

"It's my job as mayor to protect the traditions of yesterday, making our town enjoy today, but also have a responsibility to prepare for the future."

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