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Summary

  1. Battle of Flowers parade sees a nautical theme take top honours
  2. Dog killed by 'banned pesticide'
  3. Clinton Pringle petition 'to stop similar crash'
  4. 'Very successful' 2016 for Guernsey Water
  5. Updates on Thursday 10 August 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Well that's it from us from the Battle of Flowers 2017.

    We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

  2. Battle of Flowers: A word from the Prix d'Honneur winning team

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The team behind the float which won the Prix d'Honneur at this year's Battle of Flowers say they're looking to build something "bigger and better next year".

    The float, called Aquaria, from the parish of St Clement team was masterminded by fashion designer Marcus Davies.

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    Quote Message: We're just so delighted, we're going into our 60th year with our 20th Prix d'Honneur win. What better way to enter that 60th year than being the reigning Prix d'Honneur. It's a real push and motivation for our team to really pull out all the stops next year and produce something even bigger and better to make the parish proud of us." from Graham Gibson St Clement Battle of Flowers Association
    Graham GibsonSt Clement Battle of Flowers Association
  3. Battle of Flowers: St Clement claims Prix d'Honneur

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    This year's most prestigious prize, the Prix d'Honneur has gone to the parish of St Clement, with their aquatic masterpiece Aquaria.

    The Prix d'Excellence went to the Optimists and the Mexican-themed Bossa Nova.

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  4. Battle of Flowers: Watch out, dinosaurs about!

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    It wasn't just a day for floats, there were even a few dinosaurs about!

    Here's one I found earlier:

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    Video caption: T-Red at the battle of Flowers
  5. Weather: Watch out for the odd shower

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry overnight with plenty of clear spells at first.

    The cloud will gradually increase through the night and temperatures will be around normal for this stage in August. Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).

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    Tomorrow will start fairly cloudy although there could be a few bright spells at first.

    Cloud will thicken up through the day, perhaps giving the odd spot of light rain or drizzle later. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

  6. Battle of Flowers: Grouville's steampunks strut their stuff

    BBC Channel Islands News

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    Video caption: Steampunk was the theme for the entry from Grouville
  7. Battle of Flowers: A 60th wedding anniversary

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The parade has now finished for the Battle of Flowers 2017, which this couple thought was the perfect way to celebrate 60 years together.

    James, 84, and Muriel Kirkup, 81, from Durham honeymooned in Jersey after their marriage in 1957.

    They say they enjoyed the parade and are enjoying the nostalgia of being in Jersey again.

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    Quote Message: It's been absolutely wonderful , the staff have been very kind and all the work is incredible, it's pure artistry." from James Kirkup
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  8. Battle of Flowers: It's not all about the floats

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Where would the Battle of the Flowers floats be without their wonderful dancers?

    Absolutely fair play to anyone who can dance for more than an hour with this much energy and enthusiasm.

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  9. Battle of Flowers: St Clements is all at sea

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Their aquatic theme won them the Prix d'Honneur - the top honours in the 2017 battle.

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    Video caption: There's a nautical theme for the float and dancers from St Clements.
  10. Battle of Flowers: Miss Battle 'feels like a princess'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    We caught up with Miss Battle Evie Bertram and Mr Battle Jonny Labey as they approach the end of the parade.

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    Quote Message: I'm loving it, I feel like an absolute princess, it's fantastic. The atmosphere is absolutely amazing." from Evie Bertram
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    Quote Message: It's all good, it's cracking on. Everyone's smiling and the weather is good." from Jonny Labey
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  11. Battle of Flowers: A history

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Battle of Flowers started as a special celebration to mark the coronation of King Edward the VII on 9 August 1902.

    It was so successful, the tradition continued until today, but was put on hold from 1914 for at least 10 years and then again during World War Two.

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    Image caption: This is what the battle may have looked like as far back as 1910

    In the beginning the floats were horse drawn, and decorated with flowers that were traditionally torn off and thrown to ladies in the crowd, who might throw one back.

    The parade begins at 14:30 from West Park and First Tower, and will finish at about 16:30.

    In that time the floats will be judged and prizes given out.

    The top prize is the Prix d'Honneur, followed by the Prix d'Excellence, and many other awards for different things such as Most Humorous and the Spectator award.

  12. Battle of Flowers: Junior teams out in force

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The junior teams of the parishes have been putting on a great display this afternoon.

    Here's just a few of them:

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  13. Battle of Flowers: 'Game of Flowers'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    For followers of the television series Game of Thrones, the parish of St Martin float might be the one for you.

    We hope winter isn't coming today!

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  14. Battle of Flowers: Changes over the years

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    There have been quite a few changes made to the format of the Battle of Flowers in Jersey over the years.

    One of the most obvious differences is the use of motorised floats, which replaced their horse drawn equivalents.

    It is also no longer part of the tradition to rip flowers off the floats at the end of the parade, as this was abandoned in 1964 when the "battle" aspect of the event was toned down.

    From historical records, this part looked like it could be quite messy!

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    Image caption: A float being ripped apart in 1928
  15. Battle of Flowers: In pictures

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    We're more than 30 minutes into the parade now.

    Here are some of the amazing floats on display...

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  16. Battle of Flowers: Grouville goes for a steampunk theme

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    And there really was steam coming out of their float.

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  17. Battle of Flowers: St Clement goes for a nautical theme

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    This float was so long, I had to take two pictures!

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  18. Battle of Flowers: Parade commences

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The first floats have begun their journey.

    The eclectic mix of designs this year so far, with more on the way!

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  19. Battle of Flowers: 'Let battle commence!'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Lieutenant Governor has received the official flags for the Battle of Flowers and has given the order to "let battle commence".

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