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Sun shines for Polo on the Beach

The setting was beautiful for the 8th Polo on the Beach competiton Credit: ITV News West Country

Huge crowds have spent the weekend at Watergate Bay in Newquay, cheering on the teams competing in Polo on the Beach.

Now in its eighth year, the free event has grown to three matches over the weekend featuring some of the world's best players.

Crowds turned out to enjoy the sunshine and polo Credit: ITV News West Country

The highlight of the weekend was of course the match between Cornwall and the Rest of the World.

Excitement builds for Polo on the Beach

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Polo ponies practise in Watergate Bay

Let's hope the weather will hold for tomorrow's event Credit: ITV News West Country

Polo enthusiasts have been putting their ponies through their paces today in Newquay. They're training ahead of this weekend's 'Polo on the Beach' event at Watergate Bay. Some of the country's top polo players will be taking part.

t's the first time the free event has been held over the whole weekend.

Dual-format surf contest at Watergate Bay

A stand-up paddleboarder at Watergate Bay, Credit: Rob Jewell

A surfing contest with a difference gets underway today at Watergate Bay near Newquay. The Legends of the Bay competition is the first to combine stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kitesurfing.

Competitors can enter either individual competitions in their favoured sport - a wave jam kitesurf event, or a SUP surf competition - or they can challenge for the coveted title of ‘Legend of the Bay’, which will be awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from both disciplines.

Luke Whiteside at Watergate Bay Credit: BKSA

The two-day event is the first collaboration between the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA).

Litter pickers get to work on Westcountry beaches

Whether it's picking up plastic or even old shoes, people across the Westcountry are being encouraged to take part in a national beach cleaning event. The annual Beachwatch Big Weekend sees volunteers clear up litter from more than three hundred beaches around the UK.

The event aims to highlight the amount of rubbish and debris washed up on our shores each day. Our reporter Kathy Wardle has been helping out at one clean up in Cornwall.

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VIDEO: Beach polo attracts big crowds

And some of the country's top professional polo players descended on a beach near Newquay earlier this week.

Watergate Bay's usual surfers stepped aside for the riders, who competed in a special match on the sand. It's the sixth Polo on the Beach event and attracted plenty of spectators.

Here's some video filmed by our cameraman on Tuesday night.