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People gather for Mia Ayliffe-Chung memorial service

People gathering at St Mary's Church in Wirksworth Credit: ITV News Central

People are arriving at a memorial service this afternoon for a Derbyshire backpacker who was stabbed to death in Australia.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung was killed in an attack at a hostel in Queensland last month.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung Credit: Facebook

In a eulogy to Mia her mum Rosie Ayliffe described her time in Australia as 'probably her happiest ever.' She said she 'embraced the world' and should be remembered 'in acts of kindness.'

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England batsman Duckett commits future to Northants

Ben Duckett has been in sensational form for Northamptonshire. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Northamptonshire Steelbacks batsman Ben Duckett has signed a new contract with the county until the end of 2018.

The 21-year-old has been called up for England's upcoming tour of Bangladesh following a brilliant domestic season where he scored 1,338 runs in Division Two, including two double centuries.

That had led to speculation that other clubs would look to poach him away but Duckett has decided to commit his future to Northants.

The opportunities that I have had at Northamptonshire have enabled me to gain invaluable game time resulting in an amazing year for me.

I intend to make the most of playing for my country which is a dream come true, but I’m looking forward to coming back to Wantage Road and building on Northamptonshire’s success.

– Ben Duckett, Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Duckett has also been nominated for the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year award.

Weekend Picks: Derby Festé

Derby Festé: Fri 23rd - Sat 24th Sept (Derby City Centre)

Derby Festé first came to the city centre streets in September 2007 Credit: Kev Ryan

The 10th Derby Festé takes place this weekend, transforming the city centre into a family-friendly festival site.

On Saturday the streets in Derby will come to life with entertainers, music, circus performances, dance, and acrobatics. The People’s Stage in the marketplace will also feature live music performances from all over the UK.

Derby Festé looks set to be another spectacular two-day festival for local people and visitors to our city alike to enjoy.

– Pete Meakin, Culture Development Manager, Derby City Council

For times, prices and more information: http://www.derbyfeste.com/

Memorial service for stabbed Derbyshire backpacker

A memorial service will take place today in memory of a Derbyshire backpacker who was stabbed to death in Australia.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung was killed in an attack at a hostel in Queensland last month.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung Credit: Facebook

Her funeral took place in Australia where she was cremated.

Smail Ayad is alleged to have killed her and caused the injuries which led to the death of Tom Jackson, a fellow backpacker who tried to save Mia during the attack.

Today's memorial is at St Mary's Church in Wirksworth.

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