Crowds line cliffs for ship parade

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Image caption Tall ships and a flotilla of smaller yachts took part in the Parade of Sail

Thousands of people lined the beaches and cliffs around Falmouth to witness a "Parade of Sail" on Sunday afternoon.

More than 40 ships from around the world took part, joined by up to 1,200 smaller local vessels.

It is the fifth time Falmouth has hosted the tall ships since they first visited in 1966. In 2008 the event attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

The parade marks the start of the tall ships' race to London.

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Image caption Falmouth town centre emptied as the crowds went to view the Parade of Sail
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Image caption The Parade of Sail under way off Falmouth
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Image caption The Marine Traffic website showed the Parade of Sail at about 13:30 BST

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