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Council debate for Cromwell Museum

The Cromwell Museum petition has reached three thousand signatures Credit: ITV News Anglia

A petition set up by campaigners fighting to save a Huntingdon museum from closure has seen a boost, hitting their target of three thousand signatures.

The Friends of Cromwell Museum group is opposed to plans in Cambridgeshire County Council's draft budget to withdraw funding, which they fear will lead to inevitable closure.

Reaching three thousand signatures means the issue must now be debated at a full council meeting.

Fight against museum cuts gathers mometum

People fighting to save a Cambridgeshire museum gathered in Huntingdon this weekend to rally local support.

Collecting signatures in Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire County Council is planning to cut the Cromwell Museum's £20,000 annual funding, a move that could force the museum to close.

A local campaign to stop the cuts going ahead has gained the backing of the local MP, Jonathan Djanogly. A group of history professors have also written to the Times citing the museum's importance to education and teaching.

The campaigners need to gather 3000 signatures by this Wednesday in order to force a council debate on the issue.

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Louis Smith trains aspiring gymnasts

Louis Smith at the club in Huntingdon

Three-times Olympic medallist Louis Smith is back in Huntingdon this week, running a training camp for aspiring gymnasts.

He has returned to the club where he started his career to inspire children to get involved in the sport.

The Peterborough gymnast says he wants to do his bit for the Olympic Legacy of London 2012.

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B&B owner loses gay discrimination case

Michael Black and John Morgan, from Brampton near Huntingdon

A B & B owner has lost her appeal against a ruling she unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple when she refused to let them stay in a double room.

Christian Susanne Wilkinson declined to let Michael Black, 64, and John Morgan, 59, have the room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire, in March 2010.

A judge at Reading County Court heard that the pair, from Brampton, near Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire, who had made a reservation and paid a deposit, protested at their treatment but Mrs Wilkinson made it clear that it was against her religious convictions to allow two men to share a bed.

Today, Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson, Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice McCombe, in the Court of Appeal in London, dismissed Mrs Wilkinson's challenge, but gave her permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The appeal, on October 9, will be heard at the same time as that of Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who refused to let Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy share a bedroom at their seaside guesthouse in Cornwall.

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