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St Pirans Day Celebrations
Children dance through the streets of Truro as part of the St Piran's Day Celebrations

Each year people travel from all over the world to celebrate St Piran's Day in Cornwall.
Truro held a special procession through the streets on St Piran's Day. On the weekend nearest to the day the people of Perranporth celebrate in style.

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+ St Piran was born in Ireland and studied in Rome.

+ In the 5th Century he was flung into the sea in Ireland and floated across to Perranporth.

+ Thousands across Cornwall remember the Patron Saint of Tinners, one of three

The annual St Piran's Day march through Truro was held on Friday 5th March.

Children feature in the march each year

Several roads around the city centre were closed to allow the spectacular parade to get through.

Children dancing
The crowds always enjoy children dancing in the streets during St Piran's Day

It was one of a number of events held to celebrate St Piran's Day. Many more will be held over the weekend.

Hundreds of people headed to Perranporth on the Sunday nearerst to St Piran's Day, Sunday 7th March.

They gathered to celebrate the Patron Saint Of Tinners, St Piran who landed at Perran Beach.

St Piran in the play at Perranporth
St Piran actor stands proudly by the St Piran flag

St Piran was born in Ireland and studied the scriptures in Rome.

In Ireland he was said to have performed many miracles but the Kings of the country were not impressed.

Crowd at Perranporth
The crowd begins to gather for the pilgrimage

On Sunday 7th March adults and children from Perranporth acted out the story of St Piran on the dunes in the area.

Hundreds walked over the dunes and watched the play being acted out in three parts.

The Band
The band leads the way as the walk across the Perranporth Dunes begins

More than 60 actors and musicians illustrated the life of St Piran. His death is usually represented by the children of Perranporth.

In the first part of the play the audience discovered how the people of Ireland loved St Piran.

The King Of Ireland
The King demands St Piran be thrown into the sea

However the Kings were not impressed and wishing to show their power, St Piran was flung into the sea in Ireland.

He had a millstone around his neck but miraculously he floated.

St Piran on his long journey
St Piran rows across the water

The audience then followed the band across the dunes to the second part of the play. We were now in Cornwall, awaiting the arrival of St Piran.

An exhausted St Piran
St Piran arrives in Cornwall exhausted

The Saint arrived in Cornwall from Ireland exhausted after his long journey.

At first the Cornish who find him are wary of this stranger who does not speak their language. It is not long before they take him to their hearts.

St Piran preaches
The people of ancient Cornwall welcomed St Piran

In the play the audience see St Piran preach and build his oratory. This took place on the site of the original ancient oratory, believed to be the oldest site of Christian worship in the British Isles.

St Piran discovers tin and offers it as a gift to the people of Cornwall
In the play St Piran discovers tin

St Piran discovered tin too, but quite by accident. A blackstone on his fire leaked a white liquid. St Piran had discovered tin.

Part three of the play took part on the site of the ancient Cornish Cross.

Children dance to celebrate St Piran
The children dance around their chough

Here the audience saw the 200 year old St Piran die. The children performed a special dance along with their choughs, to remember St Piran.

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