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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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Flaming tar barrel spectacle in Devon town

Thousands of people descended on Ottery St Mary in Devon on Bonfire Night to watch a tradition that dates back to the 17th century.

Barrels soaked in tar are set alight and carried through the town on the shoulders of residents.

You would have thought that this event would be history in this health and safety conscious age but it happens every year. Take a look:

Tar barrels take to the streets of Ottery St Mary

Don't try this at home! Credit: ITV News

The centuries old tradition of running burning tar barrels though the streets of Ottery St Mary was celebrated last night, 5 November.

Organisers say they're determined to keep the tradition alive despite obvious health and safety concerns.

It means a lot for the town. It brings in a lot of revenue but it keeps the town as a separate identity. There's nothing else like it in the whole world so we're intending to keep it going for the future generations.

We never sit back on our laurels. We keep working harder each year to make sure it keeps going on the same format.

– David Strawbridge, Organiser

The granddad still skydiving despite terminal cancer

Daredevil granddad, Sonny Hepburn, from Exeter is still skydiving despite living with a terminal illness.

The 71-year-old former paratrooper was given six to 12 months to live in September 2013. He says he is determined to continue life as normal - as normal as skydiving can be said to be!

To recognise this positive attitude, his friends have made a DVD of him jumping, which they hope will inspire other people.

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