Celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years in West Cornwall and St Ives rekindled its connection to the past when it revived its May Day festival a few years ago. The event offers fun and excitement for all the family. Crowds are expected to line the streets of St Ives tomorrow to watch.
The event is organised by Rotarian Peter Rowe with the help of St. Ives Rotarians. Starting with the choosing of the ‘May Queen’, ‘King’, ‘Prince’, and “Princess”, there follows a procession to the Harbour front, followed with Maypole dancing on the beach.
The celebrations can be shown to date back to 1573 and were revived in the year 2000 by the then Mayor, Chris Cocklin. This has continued each year, formally with the help of the St. Ives Lions and more recently with the help of the St Ives Rotary Club.