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Flora Day Celebrations Take Place In Helston
HELSTON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: People dance in the early morning light as they take part in the Early Morning Dance as part of the Helston Flora Day celebrations on May 8, 2012 in Helston, England. The dance, which starts at 7am and is the first in a series throughout the day, goes all over the town and even in and out of private houses and shops. Helston Flora Day is one of the UK's oldest customs still practised today and is said to be a celebration of the passing of Winter and the arrival of Spring. However the highlight is the midday dance which was traditionally the dance of the gentry in the town and is why men still wear top hats and tails while the women dance in their finest dresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

In photos: Helston Flora Day celebrations

8 May 2012

The spring sunshine finally came out for Flora Day - an ancient tradition which sees local revellers of the Cornish town of Helston playing music and dancing in colourful costumes throughout the day to welcome the arrival of spring.