'HURLING' IN ST IVES
9 February 2015
The Feast Day will be Monday 9 February, with:
• the Mayoral Parade to St Ia Well leaving the St Ives Guildhall
• Hurling of the Silver Ball from the Parish Church
• the Western Hunt leaving from the Royal Square
• The Mayor giving pennies to children aged under 7 at the Guildhall
• The Silver Ball is returned to the Mayor at the Guildhall ,
• then pennies are proferred from the balcony by town councillors to the waiting children on the Guildhall forecourt.
Hurling the Silver Ball is one of Cornwall's
most ancient and intriguing customs. The game, also known as Cornish Hurling,
dates back at least one thousand years, is of unknown origin, and involves much
physical rough and tumble as each side (traditionally the 'countrymen' and
'townsmen' of a particular parish) tries to keep possession of a cricket
ball-sized ball made of apple wood coated in silver.