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Princess Royal opens equine rehabilitation centre

The Princess Royal arrives at Brooksby Melton College Credit: ITV News Central

A state-of-the-art equine rehabilitation centre has been officially opened by the Princess Royal at Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire today.

Along with unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the opening of the facility, Princess Anne was given a demonstration of some of the site's new specialist equipment.

Students from the college said it was great to get the Royal seal of approval.

Princess Anne unveiled a commemorative plaque Credit: ITV News Central



Over 150 exhibitors showcase local produce at food festival

11th annual food festival taking place in Melton Mowbray. Credit: ITV News Central
It is one of the UK's largest regional food festivals. Credit: ITV News Central
Both food and drink are available to sample. Credit: ITV News Central
Local produce is on offer for over 10,000 visitors. Credit: ITV News Central

Memorial for victims of Wellington Bomber crash

A Wellington Bomber and crew during the Second World War Credit: Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal

A memorial will be unveiled today to the crew of a Wellington Bomber which crashed in Melton Mowbray 70 years ago.

The plane came down in a field and burst into flames off Saxby Road, during a training fright from Market Harborough on August 13, 1944

Victims of the Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber crash Credit: Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal

The accident resulted in seven out of the eight crew losing their lives, with the eighth crew member receiving severe burn injuries. Several local people from Melton were also injured in the rescue.

The unveiling follows a public fundraising appeal to raise £2500 pounds for the memorial, by the Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal.

The dedication service will take place from 2pm outside CE Turners (Engineering) Ltd, Hudson Road, Saxby Road Industrial Estate.

Police officer in 13,000ft charity skydive attempt

PCSO Liam Palmer taking part in the sponsored skydive yesterday Credit: Leicestershire Police

A Community Support Officer for Leicestershire Police has taken part in a skydive to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

PCSO Liam Palmer from Melton Mowbray local policing unit completed the sponsored jump from 13,000ft yesterday, as part of a tandem dive that took off from Sibson airfield near Peterborough.

PCSO Palmer said:

I am very proud to have been able to help the charity by taking part in the jump. It was a nerve wrecking but amazing experience!

The charity is very close to my heart after losing a very close family friend to the condition in 2011 and also with my colleague Sergeant Sparling suffering from the disease.

So far I have raised about £950 for the charity and I hope that I can break £1000 very soon!”

British Pie Awards take place in Melton Mowbray

Melton Mowbray contributes significantly to Leicestershire's economy Credit: Jonathan McGrady

The food minister, George Eustice has been visiting Leicestershire to promote rural food businesses.

He also visited the British Pie Awards which are taking place today in Melton Mowbray.

Judging takes place Credit: Jonathan McGrady
Hundreds of pies were under scrutiny today Credit: Jonathan McGrady
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