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Poll shows people would like a beer with Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams is from Stoke-on-Trent
Robbie Williams is from Stoke-on-Trent Credit: Pedro Rocha/Global Imagens/Atlantico Press/Atlantico/Press Association Images

Robbie Williams, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been named in a list of pop and rock stars people would most want to have a pint of beer with.

A survey of almost 700 adults showed that Sir Tom Jones was the most popular companion people would like to have a drink with.

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Bulldog Bash returns to Stratford-upon-Avon after year out

More than 4,000 bikers are expected to attend the festival
More than 4,000 bikers are expected to attend the festival Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Bulldog Bash returns to Stratford-upon-Avon today after a year out.

More than 4,000 campers are expected at the motorcycle and music festival which runs until Sunday.

The event includes drag strip demos, fairground rides, food and the custom show tent for bikes.

The festival has been held at Long Marston Airfield since 1987 and attracts bikers from across Europe.

The Bulldog Bash includes a number of biker-related events
The Bulldog Bash includes a number of biker-related events Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Bulldog Bash has been hit by controversy over the years. In 2007 Hells Angel member Gerry Tobin was shot in the back of the head while riding home from the festival on the M40.

Seven members of rival gang Outlaws were sentenced to a total of 191 years in prison for his murder.

Warwickshire Police say they will have an increased police presence in the area during the festival and are warning people to plan their travel arrangements in advance.

Hells Angels Gerry Tobin was murdered in 2007 after the Bulldog Bash
Hells Angels Gerry Tobin was murdered in 2007 after the Bulldog Bash Credit: Warwickshire Police

While this year's event is expected to be smaller than previous years, the nature of the roads leading to Long Marston Airfield means that they can quickly become congested.

We are urging people to consider their travel arrangements during next week's event and if they do intend to travel allow themselves extra time.

– Chief Inspector Ian Whiting, Warwickshire Police

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Christmas panto cancelled due to Assembly Rooms fire

This year's traditional Christmas panto in Derby has been cancelled after a blaze forced the Assembly Rooms venue to shut down.

The Assembly Rooms in the city centre was hit by a fire which broke out in the car park in March.

The Assembly Rooms in Derby city centre was hit by a fire in March
The Assembly Rooms in Derby city centre was hit by a fire in March Credit: Derby City Council

Council leisure chief Councillor Alison Martin said a programme of other events would be held to ensure people were still able to immerse themselves in festive fun.

The council has worked hard to investigate a number of options for staging the pantomime in the city however, unfortunately at least for this year’s event we have not been able to identify a solution which would meet our audience’s expectations and be logistically and financially viable.

It is of course disappointing that we have not been able to stage the pantomime this year, however I’m confident that Christmas will go on in Derby.

– Councillor Alison Martin, Derbyshire City Council
A number of shows have had to be cancelled after the fire
A number of shows have had to be cancelled after the fire Credit: Makinder Chahal

Among the activities planned for the holiday season are the ice rink and arts and craft fair in Market Place, while the Guildhall Theatre will stage performances of Naughty Meg and the Christmas Elves, plus many more.

Tinie Tempah to headline first Leicester Music Festival

Tinie Tempah performing at Wireless Festival in Birmingham
Tinie Tempah performing at Wireless Festival in Birmingham Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Hip-hop star Tinie Tempah is the headline name in the line-up for the first Leicester Music Festivalwhich begins tonight.

44,000 people are expected at the two-day event taking place at Leicester Tigers' Welford Road Stadium.

Katy B performing on stage
Katy B performing on stage Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Other big names performing tonight include Professor Green, Katy B and Soul II Soul.

Performers on Saturday night include Labrinth, The Saturdays, and X Factor winner Sam Bailey, singing once again in her home town.

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