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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


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.

18-year-old killed in Helston motorbike crash

An 18-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a car and two tractors on Friday 2 May. It happened on the B3304 at Penrose, near Helston, at around 7pm. The drivers of the other vehicles were not injured. The road was closed for eight hours to allow for police investigations.

The motorcyclist's next of kin have been informed, and police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police by telephoning 101 and quoting log number 737 of 02/05/14.

Four people injured on Cornwall's roads this morning

Four people have been seriously injured in three separate crashes in Cornwall this morning. The A394 at Rame Cross near Penryn is still closed while police investigate a serious crash between two vehicles at 8am.

Police say there were two casualties with serious or life threatening injuries. Near Helston two cars collided on the B3297 at Burras Wendon. One person was treated for back and neck injuries.

And one man has been taken to Treliske Hospital with serious leg injuries after coming off his motorbike on Bassett Road near Redruth.

“Road conditions were obviously difficult this morning and I would urge motorists to slow down and take extra care. We have received numerous reports of ice on the roads and whilst the conditions may appear to have improved there still could be patches of untreated roads which remain dangerous”.

– Devon & Cornwall Police spokesman


91 year-old woman missing in Helston tonight

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for a high risk missing woman from the Helston area of Cornwall.

Joan Bridon, 91, was last seen at 5:30pm today (Wednesday 21 August) in the Trewithick Road area of Breage, Helston.

Joan was last seen wearing a green and blue striped top, pale blue trousers and cream-coloured flat shoes. Joan is described as a white female, approximately 5’04” tall with white hair.

If anybody has any information as to Joan’s whereabouts or sees anyone fitting that description they are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 10, quoting log reference 801 210813.

A chance to go behind the scenes at Shelterbox

The international aid charity, which is based in Helston, is opening its doors from 10 am today Credit: ITV News West Country

The international relief charity Shelterbox is holding an open day at its headquarters in Helston in Cornwall.

It's offering people a chance to see behind the scenes at the warehouse where its famous boxes are prepared.

They are sent to disaster zones across the world. This week volunteers have been busy packing special boxes designed to help Syrian refugee families in Lebanon prepare for the approaching winter. Find out more here

Some of the boxes that give the charity its name Credit: ITV News West Country
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