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Cornish Bank Holiday Getaway
3:41pm 28th May 2013
(Updated 3:41pm 28th May 2013)
Cornwall's Bank Holiday getaway is getting underway.
Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on the Duchy for the long weekend.
Drivers attempting avoid heavy traffic earlier on Friday afternoon reported big delays heading out of Cornwall.
Some told Pirate FM queues stretched from the the A30 bottleneck at Temple, as far back as Bodmin.
Among the events being held, is the last ever Run to the Sun Festival in Newquay.
Organisers have pulled the plug on the popular event, which was first held back in 1987.
Georgina has travelled down from Cambridge. She said: "Devastated really, because obviously this brings so many people from all around the world, everywhere. I know people that have travelled down for two or three days just to be here. It's not like, I don't think, like any other festival. You've all got your campers, you all just sit outside and you just enjoy it."
One Newquay cafe owner told Pirate FM she was praying for a busy Bank Holiday weekend.
Duchy tourism firms have been hit by months of bad weather, as well as Easter falling earlier than usual.
Pauline Warne from Kim'z Cafe in the resort, said the Run To The Sun festival ending was another blow.
She said: "Hopefully, it'll be replaced with something else. We certainly need more events in Newquay. We're not getting the new people into Newquay either. We've got the diehards who always come to Newquay for their holiday, so we really need to upgrade our image.
"There was nothing down here in April and May up to now has been the same. It's been cold, it's been wet, it's not encouraged trade at all. Well, you've still got your bills and all that to pay, so we're finding it very hard."
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