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Sir Paul Smith makes official Tour de France posters

Sir Paul Smith says he's delighted to make the official posters for the Tour de France, as part of the cultural celebrations for the event coming to the UK.

Sir Paul, from Nottingham, was asked by the Culture Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid and has designed 3 posters to mark each stage. The race, which starts in Leeds tomorrow, is expected to pass through north Derbyshire on Sunday.

Read: Countdown to Le Grand Depart

Out-take! Cow spooks reporter during piece to camera

During filming at the farming show at the NEC in Birmingham today - ITV News Central reporter Rajiv Popat got slightly spooked by one of the show's participants!

During his piece to camera next to a paddock full of cows, one crept up behind him and gave him quite a shock - watch the video above for his BLEEPING reaction!

Watch Rajiv's full report: Robotic milking machines & the farming revolution


A great success: The vacuum cleaner still going strong after 78 years

by Stuart Leithes

An 82-year-old man from Holbeach near Peterborough has a vacuum cleaner that's almost as old as he is.

Bernard Storey got the 1936 Hoover from his late mother and he's still able to clean his carpets with it.

Bernard acquired it when his mother Emma passed away and she got it from a family she had worked for as a cleaner.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Read more: What you're saying about your old appliances on our Facebook page



Tense atmosphere at World Egg Throwing Championships

It was a trial of nerves in Lincolnshire on Sunday as the World Championships got underway. Competitors travelled from as far afield as Germany, Slovenia, Hong Kong and Brazil to the small village of Swaton near Sleaford.

But after months of training, only one team could walk away as the World Egg Throwing Champions. Helen Steel reports.

Famous tennis girl poster dress to be auctioned

The white tennis dress made famous in the iconic Tennis Girl poster of the 1970s is going to be auctioned off in the West Midlands next month.

Fieldings Auctioneers will sell off the famous dress, racquet and photographs on 5th July Credit: Fieldings Auctioneers

The dress is handmade with lace trim and was made famous in the photograph taken on a Birmingham University tennis court in 1976.

The photograph was taken by the late Martin Elliott and featured his then-girlfriend Fiona Butler from Worcestershire.

Fiona Walker, the woman in the famous Athena poster poses with an original copy at Christie's in London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The photograph sold more than two million copies worldwide.

The dress, tennis racquet and two posters will go under the hammer at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge on Wimbledon Ladies' Finals day - Saturday 5th July.

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