According to legend, St Piran was born in Ireland in the 6th century where he was famous for performing astonishing deeds. Afraid of his powers, a group of kings put a millstone around his neck and threw him into the sea. Having miraculously landed safely on Perranporth beach, he built a chapel in the sand dunes. This brought flocks of Cornish people to the sandy shore, eager to listen to his teachings.
It’s said that St Piran discovered tin, by accident, when a black hearthstone on his fire leaked a white liquid. The Flag of St Piran represents white tin flowing from the black rock, or good overcoming evil.
Today, people across Cornwall and further afield come together to celebrate St Piran’s Day on 5th March. There are always plenty of events you can get involved with from pasty throwing at Newquay Zoo to the beer festival in Falmouth.
Enjoy a pasty, sip a cider and give a cheers for our beautiful Kernow!
By Samantha Mauger