St Ives Feast 2015
Photo’s courtesy of Tobi Carver, St Ives Times & Echo
Following the Mayoral Procession (led by Pendeen Silver Band) to the St Ives Parish Church for the Feast Services on Sunday 8 February, the next day the traditional Feast Day events were held and were all the more enjoyable with the fantastic sunshine bringing some early spring warmth to the festivities.
The procession winding through the streets of St Ives was led by the Mayoral Party and featured children from St Uny School and the Rainbow Guides dancing the traditional dance accompanied by musicians. The Mayor carries the silver ball upon a bed of ivy, marking the origins of St Ives when St Ia arrived from Ireland hundreds of years ago – reputedly on an ivy leaf.
The silver ball was brought to the Venton Ia Well to be blessed by the Vicar of St Ives, Revd. Andrew Gough before the dancers led the procession back to the Parish Church where the Mayor threw the silver ball to the children waiting on the beach below.
Time then for people to visit the coffee morning arranged by the Friends of Edward Hain Hospital, and for the Mayor to give the Stirrup Cup to the Western Hunt in Royal Square.
A crowd at the Guildhall eagerly awaited the return of the silver ball at 12 noon, with the bearer of the silver ball being rewarded with a silver coin by the Mayor.
The Feast Day traditions were rounded off by the giving out of pennies to children. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Macebearer handed pennies to the younger children and then all councillors stepped out onto the Guildhall balcony to throw pennies to the crowd below.