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National Space Centre goes Star Wars crazy

A Storm Trooper from the UK's 501st Garrison, who have organised the event with the National Space Centre Credit: PA

Star Wars fans and enthusiasts from all over the country will flock to the National Space Centre in Leicester for a massive convention this weekend.

Stars from the films, including David Prowse who played Sith lord Darth Vader, Warwick Davis who was Wicket the Ewok and Kenny Baker as R2D2.

They'll be joined by around 100 people in full costume ranging from Storm Troopers, Bounty Hunters, Jedis and Droids.

The whole of the National Space Centre will be taken over with Star Wars attractions from prop and replica gallery, children's workshops, star signings as well as competitions for people to lose themselves in a galaxy not so very far away.

Parrot's pitch perfect World Cup Great Escape whistle

While the Midlands is gripped by the World Cup spirit, willing Roy Hodgson's boys on to win their second group match against Uruguay, they'll be one unusual soul squawking his support on Thursday.

Slipmatt, the African Grey Parrot, has practised a pitch-perfect rendition of football anthem The Great Escape. The nine-year-old bird can also shout 'England' and cheers on his favourite player yelling 'Come on Rooney'.

His owner Fran Sheridan, from Worcester, says it took him about a month to train the patriotic parrot the new World Cup songs. Lets hope Slipmatt's in fine voice, or should that be squawk, for Thursday's crucial clash in Sao Paolo, which is live on ITV from 8:00pm.

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Stage adaptation of Great War story 'Birdsong' comes to Leicester

A world-famous novel set in the First World War is being brought to life at Leicester's Curve Theatre.

Birdsong is a story of love, courage and sacrifice, set amid the carnage of the Western Front. The show is touring across the country, with recent shows in Cheltenham and Birmingham.

Author Sebastian Faulks speaks to ITV News about the new stage adaptation.

Midlands football legend joins in unofficial world cup song

Former England, Aston Villa, Coventry City and Leicester City star, Dion Dublin, has joined band The Establishment, to release a world cup song.

Dion told ITV News Central about the song, and he hoped fans would like it.

The former fans' favourite is the manager of the band, and he also managed to get Robbie WIlliams involved.

To watch the video of 'Winner In You', click here



Extraordinary sword fight breaks out at holy Sikh shrine

Sikhs wielding ceremonial swords and spears clashed at the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar today.

Fights broke out after groups disagreed over who should speak first at a prayer ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of a controversial military raid that cleared separatist militants holed up in the temple.

Several people were injured in the scuffles.

Guinea pigs predict England's first World Cup clash

by Chris Halpin

Two teams of guinea pigs have predicted the score of England's first World Cup clash against Italy, and unfortunately it didn't go our way.

The Italian squad were first round victors at the Hatton Adventure World Stadium near Warwick.

The game played out over 90 seconds, with two teams of 11 guinea pigs given a ball filled with food. The side in possession on the final whistle, won the match.

Pet pundits say Rooney played a blinder, filling his face on the grass filled football, dominating play for the 90 seconds.

But despite his hair raising efforts, the Italians sneaked the win in the dying seconds.

Staff at the centre now hope their prediction doesn't play out, when Roy Hodgson's full-sized 11 take on Italy in Manaus on June 14.

Today's stunt was organised as a bit of fun by the team at the Adventure Park in Warwick, but it's not the first time our four legged friends have been used to predict the beautiful game.

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