The Story of Sancreed Pig Walk

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The pig looks on...

A few years ago we started our own special Sancreed event The Pig Walk.

It was for fun, to bring people together and to raise money to help refurbish the Hall. The youth club with help of a local artist created a massive cane and tissue paper sculpture of a pig. Each year we carry it around the 2.5 miles of lanes surrounding Sancreed Beacon.

The event has been opened by Jethro, Ian Soulsby and Sue Perkins.

The local band “The Pigs’ Ear” accompanies the start and “Pensamba” drums us back to the Hall. There are stalls of local art, craft and produce and we have ended the day with a shared meal.

Pigs are relevant to Sancreed both for the connection to St Credan, the patron saint of the church (click on local history), and for the nickname that residents were sometimes known by, Sancreed Pigs.

This nickname was by no means as unflattering as it might now appear since the pigs of the parish were in high demand, and of the twenty of thirty porkers who might be sent to Penzance on market day, tied fast by their legs to the old cross, every one would be described by its salesman as 'genuine Sancreed!' This reputation was due to the fact that Sancreed alone of all the parishes in West Penwith had no seaboard. Its’ pigs in consequence were 'dairy fed' and their pork of a much superior quality.....to animals fattened on fish offal and pilchard oil.

Extract from Ian Soulsby’s Book