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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.

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