Thousands of people will be dancing through the streets of Helston in Cornwall today for one of the country's oldest surviving customs. The ancient tradition of Flora Day sees the town awash with colour, music and dance to welcome in the spring.
It's not often you will see elegant couples top hats and tails parading through a high street shop but Flora Day is quite unique.
A good night's sleep is essential as the dances start at seven am and weave their way through the town marking the coming of spring and passing of winter.
Between the dances the Hal-an-Tow, a boisterous old mummers play full of legends springs into action.
More than one thousand youngsters from local schools take part every year for the children's dance, they learn the routines from the age of six.
The main dance takes place at midday where men wear morning dress and women wear ball gowns. The celebrations are finished with an evening dance.
The day is usually celebrated on a saturday but today is the first time it is being held on a weekday.