March 5 marked St Piran’s day and people across Cornwall came out in their Cornish tartan, waving flags to celebrate their patron saint.

St Piran is supposed to have come across from Ireland on a mill-stone in the fifth century and found tin in his fire. He is the patron saint of tin miners and the Cornish flag reflects this with the white cross representing the tin vein with the dark rock behind.

In Newquay, children from local schools joined with the Mayor, Cllr Margaret North, Newquay Lions Club and male voice choir, Oll an Gwella (Cornish for all the best), for a colourful parade led by a piper and drummer. It ended at The Cribbar, where locals joined the choir to sing old folks songs, including Cornwall My Home.

The parade was far more than just a celebration of a patron saint. People came together to remember Cornwall’s history, the fisherman, farmers and tin miners.

IN PICTURES: Truthfal’s Kira Taylor took to the streets of Newquay to capture the celebrations…