April Fool's Day is upon us once again and around Cornwall some businesses and organisations have been trying to catch us out.

The traditional day of pranks and jokes has resulted in a few humorous posts online and on social media – and we've rounded up a selection of some of the best locally.

Did any catch you out?

St Austell Brewery

The south west brewer St Austell Brewery claimed it had teamed up with Cornish favourite, Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream, this April Fool's Day to launch its latest limited-edition beer, Cream First (4.1% abv).

Aside from the name, which would cause outrage to any true Cornish ale drinker and cream tea eater, we're not convinced we fancy "hand-squished strawberries" in our beer.

The company said: "Paying homage to the iconic Cornish cream tea, Cream First is a clotted cream and strawberry pale ale, brewed with local malt, 100 tubs of glorious Rodda's clotted cream, alongside over a ton of Cornish strawberries – all painstakingly hand-squished by our brewers to create a smooth, sessionable ale – perfect for spring."

Claiming to be available "now for a limited time in select pubs", we imagine it is already past its sell-by date now that 12 noon has passed.

St Austell Brewerys Cream First ale April Fool

St Austell Brewery's 'Cream First' ale April Fool

TeeCee's Diner

Over in St Erth, TeeCee's Diner was more 'Tee Hee's Diner' with its funny post designed to make customers giggle.

It announced to followers of its Facebook page that it had devised a new range of skincare, inspired by its food, starting with a 'garlic lemon mayo' scented face cream.

The restaurant wrote: "In these times of rapidly rising living costs we’ve decided to diversify and have started our own skin care range based on our range of dips!"

It then included a picture of a jar supposedly showing a 'hydrating face cream' designed for sensitive skin, which contained oatmeal, cocoa butter and hyaluronic acid. It even claimed to be 'gently scented' – and you might hope so, with such an unusual choice of aroma.

TeeCees Diner was supposedly launching its own face cream range, inspired by its dips

TeeCee's Diner was supposedly launching its own face cream range, inspired by its dips

Central Methodist Church

The Methodist church in Helston was fooling nobody this morning when it posted on Facebook a warning to stay way as a "shaft had opened up".

It posted: "Just to advise that the back stairs of Central are out of bounds. Looks like a shaft has opened up just outside the back door and under the stairs."

Of course, with Helston legend containing a devil, defeated by St Michael as told in the Hal an Tow on Flora Day, which also depicts St George defeating the dragon, perhaps this Bible passage from Revelation really did come true: "Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him."

The Cornish weather

Finally, one that you would be forgiven for thinking was an April Fool's joke, but in fact was true.

Yes, as April 1 arrived, and most of us were starting to look ahead to the arrival of spring and longer evenings, the weather decided to play its own prank, by snowing in parts of Cornwall – one of the least likely places in the UK to get a sprinkling of the white stuff.

And while it wasn't very much, or for very long, there was no denying that those waking up in Truro, Penzance and parts of west Cornwall did have a thin layer of white, as shown in this beautiful photo of Truro Cathedral taken by Esme Page, founder of Cornwall Hugs Grenfell and Sing2G7.


You couldn't make it up.

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