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St Ives in festival mode

One of the highlights of the Cornish calendar is underway in St Ives. The two week September festival features music and events. It also provides a late season boost for the town.

More than 300 contributors are involved at different venues, ranging from art galleries to the beach. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

Festival time in St Ives

Music, literature and the arts all feature in the St Ives September Festival which has started a two week run.

More than 300 events are taking place, some on the beach and in artists' studios.

The festival started in 1977 and provides a late season boost for the town.

The festival in full swing in St Ives in 2009 Credit: ITV News West Country

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Thousands line streets for City of Lights festival

City of Lights
This year's theme was Kings and Queens Credit: ITV Westcountry

Thousands lined the streets of Truro tonight for the annual City of Lights festival.

The event sees giant lanterns paraded through the city centre to mark the start of the festive season.

More than 750 local school children spent weeks making the spectacular creations, this year with a royal theme.

Thousands expected for City of Lights festival

City of lights
This year the lanterns will have a 'Kings and Queens' theme Credit: ITV Westcountry

Thousands of people are expected in Truro tonight for the annual City of Lights festival. Paper and withy lanterns - designed around the theme Kings and Queens - will be paraded through the town. School children, students and artists from across the county spend months making them.

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First ever Cornish pasty festival this weekend

The Cornish pasty Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Redruth is the venue for the first ever Cornish Pasty Festival this weekend.

The pasty has been the staple diet of working men across Cornwall and beyond since the 18th Century, and now the iconic self-contained, portable meal and its international ties will be celebrated.

The festival will also highlight Cornwall's international links with Mexico dating back to when migrating Cornish miners took their expertise and traditions, including the Cornish pasty, to new mining regions around the world.

The three-day event starts with Miners' Day on Friday. Pasty Day on Saturday will see pasty producers and Cornish produce suppliers turn the town centre into a lively street market.

On Sunday, former miners will be remembered at Basset Stamp House and St Euny church. The day commemorates thousands of Cornish men, women and children who laboured hard underground to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world.

Royal visit for Exeter Flower Festival

The Duchess of Cornwall has been in Exeter today, visiting a Flower Festival at the city's cathedral. More than 300 flower arrangers have created thousands of displays celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Duchess met dignitaries and local school children on her whistle-stop tour, as Kathy Wardle reports.

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