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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.


Arsonist sets fire to tent with man inside

POLICE are hunting for arsonists who set fire to a tent in Huntingdon with a man inside. It happened near the historical monument at Castle Hill at about 7.45pm on Tuesday. The 28-year-old victim was listening to music when he smelled smoke and realised his tent was on fire.

The victim managed to put the flames out, leaving the tent only slightly damaged. He believes someone also tried to set fire to the tent again in the early hours of the next morning but it was put out by rain.

Bed to feature at Coronation Festival

A business from Huntingdon is to showcase a special edition bed at the Queen's Coronation Festival next month.

Staples Beds has been providing products to the monarchy since the early twentieth century, when it was granted the royal warrant.

Staff are working hard to finish the limited edition bed, which will include a selection of unique fabrics.

The bed will be exhibited in the Buckingham Palace Gardens from the 11th-14th July.


Not the big 4

Huntingdon Panthers Netball Club and Grafham Water Sailing Club are offering free taster sessions.

It's part of a scheme called 'Not the Big 4' (football, cricket, swimming and golf).

Netball sessions will take place on Tuesday 30 April and Tuesday 14 May from 8pm to 9pm at One Leisure Huntingdon.

Sailing sessions will take place on Saturday 25 May and Saturday 15 June from 11am to

4pm at Grafham Water Sailing Club

Our gymnasts strike gold in Moscow

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock: The Essex gymnast won gold for his floor routine in Moscow Credit: PA

There's been success for two of the region's gymnasts at the European Championships in Moscow.

Huntingdon-based Daniel Keatings won the European pommel horse title, beating Olympic gold medallist Krisztian Berki of Hungary into second. Essex's Max Whitlock took the bronze.

Whitlock then went on to become the first British man to become European floor champion, after sharing first place with Israel's Alexander Shatilov.

Whitlock can now add today's gold and bronze medals, to the silver he picked-up in the all-round competition yesterday.

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