CORNISH-L ArchivesArchiver > CORNISH > 1998-04 > 0893411916
From: Richard Bolitho <>
Subject: Re: May Day
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 09:58:36 +0000
Myers Family wrote:
> Hi All
> In our neck of the woods, before my time, they used to dance around a May
> Pole on May Day, my sisters did this and somewhere we have photos of them
> doing it.
> Kerrie Myers () from the Home of the 2000 Olympics.
Yes, I was taught at a private school in Penzance to dance around the
Maypole in 1938. We entwined ribbons around the pole - and untwined
There is still a May Holiday in the UK which has nothing to do with
Incidently - I still use the word launder for easetroughs to the
amazement of neighbours and local tradesmen.
Regarding pronounciation of pasty - it varies depending on which part of
Cornwall you are in. My feeling is the paastie [ aa as in baa - a sheeps
noise but a little higher note - shades of Chinese intonations !] is
closest to a St Just (in Penwith) pronounciation. Perhaps the Pendeen
member of the group can comment.