Tuesday, July 16

St Austell Cornwall Feast Week

St Austell Feast Week Cornwall

It's been Feast Week in St.Austell, Cornwall and here are a few of the photos I snapped.

Historically, St Austell had its own week of 'feasten' activities surrounding the celebration of the Feast of Saint Austol, somehow though this fizzled out in 1946. Last year, the then Mayor Cllr. John Keast OBE, along with the town council, members of local businesses, schools, churches and community groups decided to rekindle this lost tradition in the town.

There was music ...

Music at St Austell Feast Week

... street performers ...

Acrobats at St Austell Feast Week

Street Performer at Feast Week

Street Performer at St Austell Cornwall

... and one lady, dressed in clothes from days gone by, brought her well behaved horse to town.

Woman with horse at Cornish Feast Week

There were also many other colourfully dressed characters

Character at St Austell Feast Week

St Austell Feast Week

Fancy hat at Cornish Feast Week

Police were on hand - conveniently placed between a litigation sign and an ice cream stall.

Policemen in Cornwall

Fun was had by all.

P.S. I've written several times about how Karin is always finding coins. As we walked through town on the Feast Day she found four!

She felt though, that as it was a Feast Day, she couldn't keep them for her 'coins found tin' so gave them to a man collecting for a charity instead.

P.P.S. And here's how things looked at the 1910 St Austell Feast Week.

St Austell Feast Week 1910 Cornwall

But in 2013 there was a basket of local fish in the church doorway.

Basket of fish

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  1. Re:
    "Fun was had by all".
    You stole my line,as I was scrolling down reading your post,that line from a Beatle's song came to mind and I was going to write -
    "Look's like a fun time was had by all"
    Doh !-)

  2. Karin's four coins reminded me of the game "Connect 4",which I was reading about this morning for a post I was writing.


    " Connect Four
    (also known as Captain's Mistress, Four Up, Plot Four, Find Four, Fourplay, Four in a Row and Four in a Line)
    is a two-player game in which the players first choose a color and then take turns dropping colored discs from the top into a seven-column, six-row vertically suspended grid. The pieces fall straight down, occupying the next available space within the column. The object of the game is to connect four of one's own discs of the same color next to each other vertically, horizontally, or diagonally before your opponent. There are many variations on the board size, the most commonly used being 7x6 (7x6=42)"

    It all comes back to 42,
    as Douglas Adams well knew.-)

    1. I like the Connect Four connection and have left a comment on this on your post. Yep, fun for all.

  3. Colorful! It looks like great fun... I read that man's name with the OBE at the end and I thought, Huh? Out of Body?!

    1. Ah the OBE, in this case the 'Order of the British Empire'. Don't think we have an empire any more but the medals/awards are still dished out.

  4. I just watched the English movie 'Hot Fuzz'
    last night,as my son was watching it...again,
    so I decided to sit down and watch it with him.
    I couldn't help of thinking of your post here after watching the movie,especially with those two coppers you photographed.The movie revolves around a small village,a murderer and a tidy town competition,all very much related to the plot.
    I loved the numbers they used intentionally or not in the movie,too.Although I would have to watch it again and take note of all the numbers,two in particular stood out,the 777 on the main copper's shoulder and the 127 miles sign to London,as I have only recently been writing and commenting about those numbers.

    I love the community spirit these sort of gatherings provide for a town and think that their importance should never be underestimated as they provide a wonderful group vibe for everyone involved whether it be a Saints day,a billy cart race day,or music fest,theses gatherings are good for the soul.

    1. Yes, these sort of events show the real community. There's nothing flash or over the top, just simple gatherings - as people would have done from a bygone age.