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For around ninety years the families of St Ives have enjoyed the tradition of sailing model boats at Consols Pond on Good Friday.
The tradition began in the early 1900s, when fisherman and children sailed model boats in the town's harbour. It is thought to be a gesture to the old seafaring communities which used to launch miniature boats in the hope of ensuring safe passage for mariners.
With the dissolution of Penwith District Council and the creation of the unitary authority the responsibility for clearing and cleaning the pond seems to have been one of those things that dropped from the agenda.
Indeed there was disappointment and anger in the town last Good Friday (2009) when this popular model yacht regatta at Consols Pool was not able to go ahead for the first time in a century.
Funding to clear tonnes of thick weed was cut and a last-minute offer by an environmental group fell through after health and safety concerns
"Keeping The Tradition Alive"
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