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Flora Day as Helston Welcomes in the Spring

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:30am 8th May 2012. (Updated at 2:21pm 8th May 2012)

Helston is transformed for Flora Day.

The town is decked with flowers - as locals dance through the streets, shops and even homes. According to tradition, men wear lily of the valley on the left, pointing upwards, while women wear it on the right, pointing downwards.

Thousands are descending for the day-long celebration. It is one of the oldest customs still running in Britain.

Town Clerk Chris Dawsonsaid revealed why it had such a special place in his heart, "I was born in Helston myself. It holds great memories for me, dancing through from infant school to junior school. The other thing for me personally is that my parents actually met on Flora Day.

"Twelve sailors volunteered to dance with twelve local girls. My mother and father were paired together. My dad was in the navy, based at Culdrose and the rest, they say, is history!"

Pirate FM's Holly Day and the Love Crew are visiting the town as part of the celebrations.

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Watch a video of the Children's Dance below:

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