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Thousands line streets for City of Lights festival

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

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.

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.

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