ST. PETER`S-TIDE, PORTHLEVEN, HELSTON, CORNWALL, HELSTON HISTORY
The Annual Festival of Porthleven
The Annual Festival of Porthleven is held
at St. Peter's-tide (St. Peterstide)
The reasons behind its name are quite simple. St. Peter
is the patron saint of fishing, and the staple industry of the village was
The sons and daughters of Porthleven, who were scattered
far and wide by the exigencies of life, made special efforts to return home
for this occasion.
The houses were newly whitewashed and painted, granite-work
scrubbed, and the boats in the harbour are made to look spick-and-span.
On the afternoon of June 29th, a procession of the scholars
of the Fore Street (late Wesleyan) Methodist Sunday School, accompanied by
two bands and with banners waving, made a tour of the village, coming to a
halt at the Recreation Ground, where tea was served to adults, and children
are given a saffron bun and fruit.
Peterstide 1910 with the Wesleyan Sunday School on their annual parade
of the village.
The bands played in this field throughout
the afternoon and the children were catered for by sports and games.
On the following day, the same order was proceeded with.
A procession of the Peverell Road Methodist Sunday School was made, and tea
and sports take place.
St. Bartholomew's Church Sunday School also observed St.
Peter's Day by a church service, tea and sports for the children on the Vicarage