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West Cornwall is all black and white in honour of St Piran

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

  • Penzance St Pirans Day celebrations. Pensans C.P. School violinists led by Kiera and Kayley all dressed in St Piran flags play their way down Market Jew Street. Pic by CIOSP For Alison

  • St Piran's Day in Penzance. Lots of St Piran flags waved in support as the parade passes through Morrab Gardens.

  • St. Piran's Day in Penzance, marching through Morrab Gardens. PZPM20130305B-013_C.jpg

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ST PIRAN'S Day has come round again and West Cornwall is holding its fair share of events to mark one of Cornwall's patron saints and the patron saint of tin miners.

Wednesday, March 5, marks the day when the life of the man who was washed up on a Cornish beach in the 6th century AD and introduced Christianity to Cornwall.

Legend has it that Irish kings, jealous of his influence with local people, had him bound to a millstone and hurled from a clifftop into the raging seas.

As he plummeted downwards, the storm abated, the sun came out and his millstone floated on the calm sea.

Cast-up on the beach at Perranporth, his first converts were a fox, a bear and a badger. He built a chapel in the sand dunes and the Cornish flocked to see him as news of his teachings spread.

Celebrations this year start in St Ives on Saturday, when the town's St Piran's Parade will take place at 2pm, starting at the Guildhall.

People are invited to wear black and white and bring along a St Piran's flag.

On Tuesday, March 4, there will be a concert in St John's Hall from 7pm with a choir of local primary school children, accompanied by the choir of Humphry Davy School.

On St Piran's Day itself, the annual Penzance procession of schoolchildren, musicians, the grand bard, Penwith bards, civic dignitaries and members of the Penwith Old Cornwall Societies starts at 10.15am at the top of Causewayhead.

The parade will go down down Causewayhead, to Market Jew Street as far as the post office, back up to Burton's, through Queen's Square and along Parade Street to Morrab Gardens. Finally it will proceed up Morrab Road finishing at St John's Hall at about 11am.

A proper Cornish tea can be enjoyed in St Buryan village hall from 3.15pm.

This traditional celebration of St Piran's Day costs just £4 per person and includes entertainment by children from St Buryan Academy School.

In Marazion, the St Piran's Day procession will leave the town hall at 5.45pm to progress to the Gwelva for the ceremony.

On Thursday, March 6, there will be a Cornish evening for St Piran's Day at St Peter's Church hall in Newlyn at 7.30pm. It will feature storytelling by Anna Murphy, Mike Sagar-Fenton, Stephen Hall, David Barron and Liz Harman plus music from the Boilerhouse Singers. Entry is £5 and includes refreshments.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 01 2014, 9:58AM

    Our national saint's day should be a public holiday day off for all Cornish working men and women.

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