St Ives Feast 2011

On Feast Sunday, 6 February 2011, a civic parade lead by the Mayor of St Ives, Councillor Yvonne Watson and accompanied by the Councillors, their guests and representatives of local organisations walked in procession to the Parish Church for the service at 11.15pm.On Monday 7 February the town of St Ives celebrated the Feast day of St Ia.  St Ives Feast day always falls on the first Monday after February 3, the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434.At 9.30am the civic parade left the Guildhall lead by dancers from St Uny Church of England School and the St Ives band, Bagas Porthia and proceeded to Venton Ia well.  Rev. Andrew Gough, the parish priest blessed the silver ball and after the ceremony the procession returned to the St Ia Parish Church yard for the hurling of the silver ball.

At 10.30am the Mayor of St Ives hurled the ball into the crowd of children waiting on the beach below, this is a very old custom, so old that no one knows when it originated.

The League of Friends of the Edward Hain Memorial Hospital held a coffee morning in the foyer of the Guildhall from 10.30am to noon.

At 11.00am the Mayor and Deputy Mayor served the stirrup cup to Ben Sparrow and his fellow members of the Western Hunt who had gathered in the Royal Square.

At 11.30am the Mayor, Councillor Yvonne Watson and Deputy Mayor Councillor Joan Tanner handed out pennies to the children under seven years of age.The person holding the silver ball returned it to the Mayor at midday and was rewarded with a silver crown.

Following the return of the silver ball the commemorative pennies were dropped from the Guildhall balcony by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors of the St Ives Town Council to the waiting crowd of children over the seven years of age.

At 7.30pm the St Ives Mayor kicked off the traditional Feast Monday charity rugby match held at Alexandra Road Rugby Football ground between St Ives invitation XV and a combined Cornwall emergency service XV.

 FEAST ST IVES 2011, Mayor Yvonne Watson
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Photos by Colin Sanger
Link to St Ives TV – The Feast DayLink to St Ives TV – St Ives Feast Day Silver Ball