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9:34am 8th May 2014
(Updated 9:34am 8th May 2014)

Helston welcomes in the Spring.

The town is being decked out in leaves and flowers for Flora Day.

Hundreds are expected to watch the ancient festival and its celebration dances which are being streamed live online for the first time ever.

These local teenagers are taking part in the Children's Dance: "Everyone goes out in the streets and watches and it's just a really nice celebration of Helston.

"I feel I wanted to be part of the community and feel a sense of the community.

"We all wear white and because everyone wears white we all look like we're traditional and we all look like we're as one really."

When the big bass drum strikes the first beat of the dance at 7am, the spirit of the day is stirred and the celebrations commence.

Some eighty couples dance through the streets, entering selected houses and shops to drive out the darkness of winter and bring in the light of spring.

The colourful Pageant, known as Hal an Tow, tells the history of Helston with the participating characters singing about the challenge of the Spanish Armada, the English patron saint, St. George and the fight between St Michael and the devil.

Organiser Nigel Pascoe speaks for the Flora Day Assoication: "It's really and truly bred into Helston people. From a little babe in arms you're taken out to see the dance first thing in the morning and the tradition just follows on and on. It's not one special thing but it's just that whole fact that the people of Helston come together to celebrate their day."

9:34am 8th May 2014

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