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VIDEO: St Ives celebrates its annual Feast

By AliceWright  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

  • Children receive pennies from the mayor on the steps of the Guildhall

  • The silver ball is returned to the Guildhall

  • Town councillors distribute pennies from the Guildhall balcony

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Teenagers raced through the streets of St Ives in pursuit of a silver ball and children received shiny pennies as the town celebrated its Feast day today. 

The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition that celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434. 

The day began with the mayor's civic procession for the blessing at St Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach. The mayor then began the ancient game of hurling the silver ball by throwing the ball from the wall of the Parish Church to the crowd waiting below. 

Hurling the silver ball is an ancient game, with no real rules, in which players try to tackle the ball off one another. 

While the game was played throughout the streets of the town, the mayor handed out pennies to children under seven on the steps of the Guildhall. The silver ball was returned to the Guildhall at noon and town councillors then emerged on the balcony to toss pennies to children waiting below. 

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