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Coming of midsummer celebrated in Penzance

The coming of midsummer is being celebrated in Penzance this weekend at the Golowan Festival. Hundreds of school children have spent weeks crafting these paper and willow sculptures for the Mazey Day processions.

There's also a pop up exhibition on Cornish families that emigrated abroad in the mining boom. David Nebesnuick is the Mayor of Penzance...

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Penzance body is identified

Christopher Agar Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police have confirmed that the body of a man discovered in a disused building at Penzance Dry Dock last month is that of Christopher Agar who has been missing since April.

Mr Agar, 34, was reported missing from his home in Bath on 4 April and was seen on CCTV getting off a train in Penzance that evening.

An extensive missing person enquiry was undertaken at the time but he was never located.

Police were called around 5.20pm on 23 May 2014 after the discovery of a man’s body in a vacant building at the dry dock in Wharf Road.

Formal identification has now been carried out and Mr Agar’s next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and police will produce a report for the coroner.

Penzance pirate record attempt falls short

Organisers were 77 pirates short in Penzance Credit: Kathy Wardle - ITV News West Country

A world record attempt in Penzance to get the most pirates in one place has failed.

14,154 people gathered in the town but they were just 77 pirates down and failed to get more than a group in Hastings last year.

The event was raising funds for the RNLI at Penlee.

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Pirates attempt to break record in Penzance

Thousands of pirates attempt to break record in Penzance

If you're feeling pirate-y then Penzance is the place to be as the town attempts to break the world record for most pirates in one place. The event is raising funds for the RNLI at Penlee. They're hoping to get as many as 20,000 people there. The count takes place at four this afternoon.

Pirates on Penzance Promenade

Pirates on Penzance Promenade Credit: English Riviera

If you're feeling piratey then Penzance is the place to be as the town attempts to break the world record for most pirates in one place.

The event is raising funds for the RNLI at Penlee. They're hoping to get as many as twenty thousand people there. The count takes place at four this afternoon.

Hospital to close despite campaign

More than 7,000 people had signed a petition to save Poltair Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

Health chiefs have decided to close Poltair Community hospital on the outskirts of Penzance. The hospital provided ten beds for aftercare patients who'd had surgery elsewhere. More than 7,000 people had signed a petition to keep it open.

Poltair Hospital in Penzance is to close

Poltair Hospital is to close following a decision by NHS chiefs Credit: ITV News

Poltair Hospital, on the outskirts of Penzance, is to close.

NHS chiefs decided today that it would no longer fund services at the hospital, which is run by private company Peninsula Community Health.

There had been a concerted campaign to keep the hospital open and 7,000 people had signed a petition. Protestors at the meeting today made clear their dismay at the decision.

West Cornwall MP Andrew George said: "This is a backward step. I fear this decision could place our mostvulnerable and frail in an 'out of sight out of mind' environment.

"I acknowledge that Poltair's dayswere numbered. It's difficult to justifykeeping that facility as it is.

"But we should be ambitious to improve and expand in-patient beds and services. Our population is increasing. The needs of the elderly are accelerating, not decreasing."

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