The Ball Goes To Cinderella!


 

OK, kiddies, it's the moment you've been waiting for. It's ten and a half o'clock ..... it's time for the Silver Ball.

According to traditional procedures, the Mayor chucks the Silver Ball from the wall of the church, over Lambeth Walk and onto the beach below. The sprogs then have plenty of room to chase and throttle each other attempting to gain possession of the Silver Ball. There is usually a substantial horde of urchins and several unscrupulous people have been known to throw fake Silver Balls on to the beach at the same time. 

Eject ball from here ... Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 1 ... over here. Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 2

Consequently, there is usually quite a few minutes of total carnage before someone breaks away from melee and legs it for cover in the town. No one seems particularly worried about the whole affair and the resultant casualties are usually seen by the town Darwinists as a good way of keeping down the excess child population. On the plus side, some children compete successfully in the event for a number of years and are rewarded by being given their freedom when they reach adulthood. (It is rumoured that Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe are thinking about using this phenomenon as a basis for a sequel to Gladiator!).

Unfortunately .....

..... the more intellectually gifted may notice a couple of things:-

Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 3 It's still absolutely piddling down and ... Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 4 ... the tide's in!

Nevertheless, a few hardy (and foolhardy) sprogs have gathered on Lambeth Walk and there's the scent of blood in the air.

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'Ave, Caesar, nos morituri ...'

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Then, there's a movement in the imperial box. A hand extends gracefully and it's that moment that the sprogs have been desperately waiting for ..... their ball's dropped!

There's a brief scramble for possession. Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 7 The obscure object of their desire, relaxing in the bar later that afternoon. Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 8

The ball spills out on to the walkway but by now the main event is under way. It's time to do all those things that you get detention for when you do them in the playground. Totally ignoring the ball a gang of sprogs grab the kid who annoys everyone at school and decide to introduce the gift of terror into his life! They grab him and jokingly act like they are going to heave him over the railings into the sea .....

Now, remember, boys, things do get slippery when wet. So, just be ... Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 9 ... Oh dear!

An argument then ensues over who is going to break the news to Johnny's mum.

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The sprogs decide to adopt the classic tactic of running like hell! Meanwhile, luckily it looks like Johnny did float after all! Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 11 PS. If you're wondering why the police didn't intervene, they were probably too busy with this camera crew who decided to set up in the Ladies' Toilets. Should be an interesting defence when their case comes up! Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 12

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