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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

  • Children from St Uny School dance in the parade to The Guildhall from St Ia's Well.

  • St Ives Mayor Colin Nicholls throws the silver ball from the rear of the Parish Church. PZPM20140210A-007_C.jpg

  • Soul Hardy makes off with the silver ball from the rear of the parish church.

  • The Western Hunt led by Paul Oliver leaves St Ives on Feast Day with an anti-hunt 'fox' keeping pace.

  • St Ives Mayor Colin Nicholls hands out new penny coins to children in front of St Ives Guildhall.

  • St Ives Mayor Colin Nicholls accepts the silver ball back from Loki Allen, centre, and Soul Hardy.

  • Children scramble for the new penny coins dropped from the balcony of The Guildhall on feast Monday.

  • A record nearly 170 people from across the town's various organisations and charities enjoyed a seated pasty lunch in the Guildhall Concert Hall. Picture Colin Sanger.

  • Youngsters from Zion Community Church with Mayor Colin Nicholls and Mrs Sylvia Rule, second from right, who, at 83, was the oldest person to take part in the 2013 fun run. Colin Sanger

  • Mayor Colin Nicholls (in red) leads the parade from The Guildhall to St Ia's Well for the blessing of the silver ball. PZPM20140210A-002_C.jpg

  • Canon Peter Butterfield at St Ia's Well for the blessing of the silver ball.

  • Children from St Uny School dance in the parade along the Wharf on their way to St Ia's Well. PZPM20140210A-013_C.jpg

  • Mayor of St Ives Colin Nicholls leads a host of councillors in throwing pennies to local children. Picture Scott Hamilton.

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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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