Children dressed in black and white at Penzance's St Piran's Day procession
Nigel Nathan, of the Golowan Band, performs in the St Piran's Day procession at Penzance
THOUSANDS of people across Cornwall turned out under sunny skies to celebrate St Piran's Day yesterday.
Processions to celebrate the patron saint of tinners took place on the county's streets.
Spectators lined the streets of Penzance to watch the Golowan band perform and schoolchildren marched along.
Coun Dennis Axford, from Penzance Town Council and a former mayor of the town, said: "We had an absolutely glorious day.
"The skies were clear blue and the sun shone.
"The schools brought the children down to march with the band – the youngsters were all dressed in black and white and had a marvellous time.
"It's vitally important we remembers and celebrate our unique Cornishness and that we pass that on to the children."
At Porthleven, the Cornish flag was raised during dancing, while at Bodmin the annual St Piran's Day parade was held on Mount Folly.
Truro also held its annual procession on the streets, beginning at St George's Road.
According to legend St Piran was born in Ireland in the 6th century and was noted for his miraculous deeds.
However, a group of kings were afraid of his powers and placed a millstone around his neck before hurling him into the sea to drown.
He floated on the stone towards Cornwall before landing on the beach that now bears his name, Perranporth on the north coast and built a chapel in the sand dunes.