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Global Gathering cancels 2015 festival

Organisers of the Warwickshire dance festival Global Gathering say it will not be on next year.

Global Gathering festival will be on a 'break' in 2015 Credit: PA

The event, which has been running for 13 years at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford, will take a break in 2015.

Festival bosses say that they will spend the time revising the event to guarantee that it keeps it's place at 'the heart' of the dance music market.

Britain's Got Talent searches for local stars from the Midlands

Michaela Fearon is auditioning for Britain's Got Talent today as the show starts its search for stars from the Midlands.

She told ITV News Central that she would be singing 'Part of Your World' from the Disney classic 'The Little Mermaid'.

Her mum and grandma were there to support her and calm her nerves for the audition.

If you think you've got what it takes to be on the show, you can find out more here: Britain's Got Talent

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Britain's Got Talent auditions arrive in Birmingham

Britain's Got Talent is back in Birmingham searching for stars from the Midlands to take part in next year's show.

Open auditions will take place from Sunday 26th to Tuesday 28th October and the shows producers will be looking for wonderful, weird and astounding acts.

Aspiring stars can attend auditions between 11.00am to 6.00pm at The International Convention Centre (ICC) on Broad Street.

To sign up follow this link: www.itv.com/talent

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust dies

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.

Stardust was set to release a new album, entitled 'Alvin, at the beginning of next month.

Writing on his official website he had said of the record:

I am extremely delighted to announce that my new album is now finished and will be released at the beginning of November by Conehead Records. "Alvin" is a new and exciting departure for me and I'm immensly proud of the finished product

– Alvin Stardust

Leicester-born film director given Fellowship Award

Stephen Frears arriving for the BFI London Film Festival Awards Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicester-born film director Stephen Frears has been honoured with a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI). He was given the award at tonight's London Film Festival Awards, and joked that it made him feel "geriatric".

The 73-year old has worked on a diverse range of material over the years, including last year's "Philomena" starring Dame Judi Dench, "The Queen", starring an Oscar-winning Dame Helen Mirren, "Tamara Drewe", "High Fidelity", "Dangerous Liaisons" and "My Beautiful Launderette", which was given critical acclaim for tackling issues of homosexuality and race.

"It feels very, very nice".

– Stephen Frears, film director on the Fellowship accolade

Fellow East Midlander John Hurt, who's from Shirebrook in Derbyshire and who starred in Frears' first big-screen film "The Hit" in 1984 paid tribute to the director's body of work.

"He's made some wonderful films, from the big commercial ones - and he's very funny about those and what happened after those and how he retreated back to things he could understand more. Which was things that actually just don't cost as much, and I think that's where his best work is".

– John Hurt, actor

Frears' next offering is a biopic about drug-shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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Torvill & Dean talk about their upcoming Midlands theatre tour

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are hoping to bring their autobiography to life, with a tour later this month, at venues across the Midlands.

After signing hundreds of copies of their brand new book in Nottingham this morning, the skating pair found time to chat to ITV News Central about their hopes for the tour.

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