As many of you may know, we’ve had a feature called “Team of the week”, which basically meant that we every week posted some information and images on one team from the Premier League. This ended with Stoke being the last team of the week, the day after Christmas.
So what do we do now, we thought, grinding our teeth and ripping out our hair… Well, we said – Why not do a new series of the week? But this time , let’s do a “Quirky Event of the week”. This feature will not be every week. There may be many quirky events in the UK, but they are not evenly spread out across the weeks. So you simply have to put up with us doing as we please in this matter. And now that we’ve solved that little issue, let’s present the first quirky event of the year:
ST IVES FEAST AND HURLING OF THE SILVER BALL
So, what is this then, you might ask. Well, every year on the first Monday after the 3rd of February, the Mayor of the town of St Ives, through out a silver ball from the wall of the Parish Church. Once the ball is caught by a member of the crowd, the game is on. The contenders then compete for the ball through the beaches and streets of St Ives. The winner is the one that can take the ball to the Mayor on the strike of noon at the Guildhall. When the winner has received the reward of five shillings, the local councilors then throw pennies down from the balcony of the Guildhall for the children below to collect.
Do you want to compete for the silver ball? Then visit St Ives on the 8th of February. For more information, check out Visit Cornwalls website.
– Towe –