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Weekend Picks: Food Festival

Food Festival: Sat 27th - Sun 28th Aug (Lichfield)

Lichfield Food Festival last year Credit: Lichfield Food

The organisers behind the Lichfield Food Festival are inviting food lovers to join them in the historic city for a weekend that celebrates local food producers, top local chefs and the city’s food venues.

Great British Bake Off contestants, Howard Middleton and Ali Imdad, will be among the line-up of chefs presenting cookery demonstrations at this year’s festival.

“We hope festival goers will enjoy the chance to see top chefs and bakers, sharing their recipes and tips all for free in two stunning historic settings.

We’re really pleased to have two famous faces joining a fantastic line up of food and drink experts.” -

– Jon Arrowsmith, Director of Cocker Hoop Creative

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Prince Smokey has his eyes on the prize at the National Cat Awards

Prince Smokey could be given the accolade of National Cat of the Year later today. Credit: On-Broadcast

A cat from Lichfield in Staffordshire could be given the accolade of National Cat of the Year later today.

Prince Smokey was entered into the competition by his owner Tina Teasdale who began having chest pains which were noticed by her normally calm and placid puss who started pawing at her chest.

Prince Smokey had always seemed to know when Tina was ill, so his concern made her visit her GP. Tests later revealed Tina had a stenosis in the left artery of her heart, needing surgery.

Had I not had treatment it could eventually have led to a heart attack. Without his unusual behaviour I wouldn't have followed it up with the doctor and who knows what could have happened."

– Tina, Prince Smokey's owner

The furry feline will compete against 15 other finalists at an award ceremony held in the Savoy Hotel in London.

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Weekend Picks: Lichfield Festival

Lichfield Festival: Fri 1st - Sun 10th July (Lichfield)

It’s the final weekend of the 35th Lichfield Festival but there is still lots to see and do.

Festival market Credit: Lichfield Festival

Highlights of the closing weekend include an evening celebrating popular songs from the golden age of Hollywood, a theatre performance spin on Speilberg’s classic Jurassic Park, lively, folk-inspired music, puppetry and inventive storytelling.

There’s also lots for the whole family at the Festival Fete with traditional games, crafts activities, live entertainment and a trail of 150 ragdolls across the city with a treasure hunt-style map to follow.

With a programme featuring major orchestras alongside star comedians, where big name authors rub shoulders with legends from folk and jazz, where all the family can enjoy a day out, and where you will laugh, sing and cry, this is a festival like no other!”

– Sonia Stevenson, Artistic Director, Lichfield Festival

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MP for Lichfield says Britain has 'voted for freedom'

Michael Fabricant Credit: PA

The MP for Lichfield Michael Fabricant has praised Britain after the majority voted to leave the European Union.

He said the British people had "voted for freedom" and had "invoked its independent spirit."

Lichfield MP asks if today or yesterday will be known as 'Independence Day?'

The Conservative MP Michael Fabricant asks if an Independence Day should be introduced in the UK.

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