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Killerton House transformed for Christmas

Nutcracker theme at Killerton House Credit: Killerton

A National Trust Property near Exeter has been transformed for Christmas.

Killerton has been decorated along the theme of the Nutcracker. It will open its doors to the public tomorrow.

A team of volunteers have been working on the decorations since May - and have produced hundreds of handmade decorations.

  • 50 strings of fairy lights
  • 90 nutcrackers
  • 1,500 baubles
  • 70 Chinese spoons
  • 30 Christmas trees
Volunteers have made hundreds of decorations Credit: Killerton

30,000 watch Truro's City of Lights Festival

This year was one of the busiest festivals the City has seen Credit: ITV West Country

An estimated 30,000 people turned out to watch Truro's City of Lights Festival last night - making it one of the busiest ever.

The parade featured giant lanterns with a 'heroes' theme, with some paying tribute to the First World War centenary. The paper and withy creations are made by local school children and a team of artists.

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Thousands attend Truro's City of Lights festival

Thousands of people turned out in Truro last night for the annual City of Lights festival.

The parade featured giant lanterns with a 'heroes' theme, with some paying tribute to the First World War centenary.

The paper and withy creations are made by local school children and a team of artists.

Pictures from tonight's Truro City of Lights Festival

The City of Lights incorporates art, music, dance and, as its name suggests, light.

The event features is a procession of giant handmade withy and tissue lanterns floating through the streets carried by professional artists accompanied by a host of smaller lanterns carried by Cornish school children and local community and youth groups.

Cornwall College's lantern. Credit: ITV News/Kathy Wardle
Lanterns at Truro City of Lights Festival tonight. Credit: ITV News/Kathy Wardle
Lanterns at Truro City of Lights Festival tonight. Credit: ITV News/Kathy Wardle
Lanterns at Truro City of Lights Festival tonight. Credit: ITV News/Kathy Wardle
Lanterns at Truro City of Lights Festival tonight. Credit: ITV News/Kathy Wardle

2014 City of Lights to kick off Truro's festive season

The City of Lights parade is an annual tradition Credit: Jon Crwys-Williams/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands of people will be in Truro tonight for this year's City of Lights parade, which is themed 'Heroes', inspired by the First World War.

People from across the county come to see the procession of giant lanterns handmade by hundreds of local schoolchildren.

The event also marks the beginning of the city's festive celebrations.

Cotehele's Christmas garland features 40,000 flowers

The finishing touches are being put to a massive garland at a Cornish country house.

The 90-foot garland at Cotehele on the banks of the River Tamar is decorated with 40,000 flowers. They were specially grown in the gardens of the National Trust property during the summer. Cotehele has featured festive decorations for centuries.

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RNAS Culdrose officer secures marriage proposal...with a little help from Arnie

Dean Goulding got up on stage with Arnold Schwarzenegger to propose Credit: ITV News

A naval officer from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall has sealed an impromptu marriage proposal with the help of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Dean Goulding was attending an event in Leeds, where the movie star was performing, when he jumped on stage and popped the question to girlfriend Jessica Edding.

Dean says: "We only had three nights left, as I'm in the military and going away for six months, so I was really worried. I thought if it doesn't happen tonight when will it? I wanted it to be special and it was more special than ever. It was amazing."

Fiancee Jessica told ITV News: "It's incredible, we'll never ever forget that."

Dean and Jessica celebrating after the unusual marriage proposal Credit: ITV News

Mystery donor leaves £2,000 at charity shop

The money in bundles of £20 notes was left in a bag outside a charity shop in Exeter Credit: ITV News

A mystery donor has left more than £2,000 in cash at the door of a charity shop in Exeter. They left the money in a bag outside the store in Cowick Street with other second-hand goods.

Staff called the police in case the money - in bundles of £20 notes - was left by mistake. Officers are now trying to trace the person who left the money after the shop closed on Monday night, 10 November.

There is nothing to suggest that it is not legitimate but we want to make sure that the person who left the money intended to do so.

The money, which was in used £20 notes and was in excess of £2,000, was in the bag with other items and left outside a charity shop.

It was left before the shop opened and all we are trying to do is confirm that it was the donor's wish to give the money to the charity.

We would like to hear from the person who left the money or from a relative who knows if someone has given away a large sum recently.

– Devon & Cornwall Police spokesperson
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