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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 August, 2004, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
Downpour dampens flowers battle
Rain has fallen on Jersey's Battle of Flowers Parade for the first time in many years.

A large black cloud loomed in from the west of the island, bringing a downpour and a short hail shower.

But entrants in the parade and the thousands of spectators remained in good spirits to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

Prix D'Honneur was won by St Clements with their float Siam and Grouville won the Prix D'Excellence.

Flower parade

A sportsman is attempting to raise 1,000 an hour on an all-day cycle ride during the Battle of Flowers parade.

Fitness instructor Simon Harrison is aiming to raise 24,000 for the Great Ormond Street Appeal.

The first Battle of Flowers in Jersey took place on 9 August 1902, as a celebration for the coronation of Edward VII.

The battle began as a flower parade, but along the route the flowers were torn off and thrown to the spectators. They threw them back, and the battle was born.

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