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Hundreds flock to Helston for Flora Day

Hundreds of town's folk and children danced their way through the streets Credit: ITV News

Thousands headed to Helston for Flora Day today as the whole town came together to celebrate spring with traditional dancing through the streets.

It's one of Cornwall's most colourful traditions and thousands headed to the town for the annual event.

Taking part in the dancing is by invitation only by applying to the Flora Day Association Credit: ITV News

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Helston celebrates the ancient Flora Day

The Midday Dance during Flora Day in Helston Credit: PA

Thousands of people will be dancing through the streets of Helston for one of the country's oldest surviving customs. Flora Day has traditionally marked the arrival of spring.

The first dance begins at 7am but the big highlight will be the Midday Dance.

Events are expected to continue until late into the night.

Full report: Flora Day in Cornwall

It was mixed bag for those taking part in Flora Day in Helston in West Cornwall today. It started off dry and bright, but rain began to fall

Even so it didn't put off the dancers dressed in their best bib and tucker.

From dawn till dusk the streets of the Cornish town were packed for a festival that celebrates Spring and reverberates to that familiar tune.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports:

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Flora Day in Cornwall

Flora Day in Helston, Cornwall Credit: ITV News West Country

Helston in Cornwall will be decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves gathered from the surrounding countryside for Flora Day on Wednesday.

Dancing began at 7am, with men were dressed in shirts and ties, and the ladies wore light Summer dresses.

Flora Day kicks off in Helston

Flora Day is one of the westcountry's oldest traditions Credit: ITV Westcountry

Celebrations for Flora Day begins in Helston today. It celebrates the arrival of spring.

Some 80 couples will dance through the town, banishing the winter and welcoming new life.

The first dance starts at 7am and celebrations will continue until late.

Flora Day celebrations in Cornwall

The weather couldn't have timed it better. After last night's heavy rain, the clouds parted this morning just in time for the start of one of the region's most colourful pageants.

Flora Day in Helston in Cornwall went ahead in glorious weather.

Dancers of all ages tripped their way around the streets of Helston. And among the crowds was a familiar face more used to life on another street.

Steve Hardy reports.

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