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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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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.

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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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."

Graham GibsonSt Clement Battle of Flowers Association

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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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:

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).

Battle of Flowers: Grouville's steampunks strut their stuff

BBC Channel Islands News

Steampunk was the theme for the entry from Grouville

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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It's been absolutely wonderful , the staff have been very kind and all the work is incredible, it's pure artistry."

James Kirkup

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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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.

There's a nautical theme for the float and dancers from St Clement.

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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I'm loving it, I feel like an absolute princess, it's fantastic. The atmosphere is absolutely amazing."

Evie Bertram

It's all good, it's cracking on. Everyone's smiling and the weather is good."

Jonny Labey

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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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.

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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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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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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A float being ripped apart in 1928

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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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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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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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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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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Battle of Flowers: Stormtroopers on the avenue

Rob England

BBC News Online

It looks like security has been stepped up a notch this year, with Imperial Stormtroopers patrolling up and down Victoria Avenue at the Battle of Flowers.

Not really, but it's great to have them all the same!

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Battle of Flowers: Crowds gather

Rob England

BBC News Online

It's looking busy on the avenue this afternoon for Jersey's Battle of Flowers 2017!

We'll be keeping you up to date with the parade all afternoon.

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Getting into the Battle of Flowers spirit

Rob England

BBC News Online

Errol is embracing the floral theme today.

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Jersey's Battle of Flowers is due to start at 14:30.

Miss Battle of Flowers, Beaulieu head girl Evie Bertram will be escorted in the parade by Jersey born actor Jonny Labey.

Trafficker jailed for trying to smuggle £380,000 of drugs to Channel Islands

Jersey Evening Post

A Sark resident has been jailed after trying to smuggle more than £380,000 worth of drugs into the Channel Islands.

Dog killed by 'banned pesticide'

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey vet that treated a poisoned dog has confirmed it was killed by a banned pesticide.

The dog ingested the poison during a walk around Beauport and Les Creux in July.

Test results have confirmed the poison was phorate, a banned pesticide.

There must be some supplies somewhere. Until we know a bit more, until we can contact the person who put this out, then I would say avoid that area. If you do have to go through that area then I would perhaps suggest putting your dog on a lead and keeping a close eye on it.

Jeremy MillerVet

Battle of Flowers: Who's who?

Rob England

BBC News Online

Just so you know who to cheer for later, here is your guide to who's who at the Battle of Flowers 2017.

Miss Battle, Evie Bertram
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Mr Battle, Jonny Labey
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Miss Junior Battle, Catherine Richford
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Miss Battle's Consort Rowan Chateau
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Miss Battle's Consort, Rowan Chateau

Prison’s female wing is due to open today

Guernsey Press

A female wing at Les Nicolles Prison is set to be opened today, almost 10 years after it was first recommended.

Battle of Flowers: A word from Miss Battle 1956

Rob England

BBC News Online

In 1956 Valerie Johnson, then Valerie O'Connor, took on the title of Miss Battle of Flowers.

After being crowned Miss Battle she was taken to Shepperton studios, and enjoyed meeting some of the musical theatre stars of the day.

She shared some of her memories of her battle 61 years ago.

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People tended to know each other, so when it was actually happening I remember my father beaming with pride as people congratulated him. It was all very embarrassing. I was just so thrilled to have the honour of doing it. I was a bit nervous to do it, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Once you actually get out there it's just so lovely because it is a very happy occasion. People all cheer and wave to you. I think it was one of the best days of my life. It was rather showery and a bit blustery and windy, but it all cleared up by lunch time.

Valerie Johnsonformer Miss Battle

Battle of Flowers: Mr Battle follows in his mother's footsteps

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey born actor and this year's Mr Battle, Jonny Labey, has said this year's event has a special significance for him, as it marks 34 years to the day since his mother took part as Miss Battle.

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Mr Battle 2017 Jonny Labey with Matthew Price

It's pretty special, we went to the battle headquarters and saw my mum's picture on the wall of Miss Battles. My younger sister Katie was the first Miss Junior Battle, my older sister was Miss Grouville, and my dad was the chairman for a while at Grouville. So we've got the whole set.

Jonny Labey

We'll be reporting live from the Battle of Flowers later today, and there will be coverage on BBC Radio Jersey, with highlights on BBC One in the Channel Islands at 18:30.

Charity abseil supporters angered by entry charge

Jersey Evening Post

Friends and family of islanders who braved abseiling 65ft from Jersey's Mont Orgueil Castle at the weekend have been left angry after they claimed they were charged £12.20 to enter the site for "five minutes".

Battle of Flowers: The build up in pictures

Rob England

BBC News Online

Here is a sneaky peak of what to expect...

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Floats from across the island have travelled to Millbrook for the start of the parade at 14:30.

Condor CEO remains keen on inter-island ferry service

Guernsey Press

Condor Ferries confirms the company is keen to launch a dedicated inter-island service next summer, underwritten by the States of Guernsey and Jersey.

Big day for Miss Battle of Flowers

It'll be a day to remember for Miss Jersey Battle of Flowers 2017.

Eighteen-year-old Evie Bertram was crowned in June and after months of waiting her big day is finally here.

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Last year, Joe McElderry was Mr Battle and Aimee Le Brun was Miss Battle of Flowers

The Beaulieu head girl saw off competition from 16 others to win the coveted sash and crown.

This afternoon she'll be one of the stars of the show in the battle parade.

Here she is getting her hair done this morning, ready for the big event:

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Tooth find may offer new insight into prehistory

Jersey Evening Post

An archaeological find in St Saviour could provide new insights into interactions with woolly mammoths, an archaeology expert has said after what is believed to be a mammoth tooth was unearthed.

'Day of the Dead' among the floats at Battle of Flowers

Annie Knowlson

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

Floats from across Jersey are getting ready for the start of the parade. Once again exhibitors have taken inspiration from far and wide.

You can expect to see floats which have been inspired by wizards, a giant octopus, the Day of the Dead and many, many more.

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Today's stars of the parade include Mr Battle, Jersey born actor Jonny Labey, who accompanies Miss Jersey Battle of Flowers Beaulieu head girl Evie Bertram.

As usual, the familiar cry of Let Battle Commence is expected around 14:30 with a moonlight parade on Friday evening.

Bailiwick Express: 'Dog poisoned by banned pesticides'

A pup who died in July after a walk around the Beauport and Les Creux area was poisoned by a highly toxic pesticide, test results have shown.

Battle of Flowers: More than 100 years

If you're not going to the Battle of Flowers, then don't worry because our man Rob England will be there reporting on all the action.

The official website says the event was first staged in 1902 in celebration of a Royal Coronation.

"The Jersey Battle of Flowers has since grown over the past century and more to become one of the largest floral carnivals in Europe and without doubt a major highlight in Jersey’s varied summer calendar of festivals and events."

Follow it here on BBC Local Live, or there is also live coverage on BBC Radio Jersey.

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Weather: Feeling warm in the sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with plenty of sunny spells.

The breeze will pick up at times, but it should feel warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Jersey:

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More gambling firms in Jersey

There's been a growth in the number of internet gambling firms setting up in Jersey.

Eight are licensed here compared to five in 2016.

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Jason Lane, the chief executive of the Jersey Gambling Commission, says the island is an attractive place for such businesses.

He said: "it's about having dynamic, modern legislation. It's about having an independent regulator.

"It's about making sure that international compliance in relation to anti money-laundering and counter-terrorist financing is in place."