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Thousands celebrate Shakespeare's 453rd birthday

Thousands celebrate Shakespeare's 453rd birthday Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire today to celebrate the 453rd birthday of William Shakespeare.

There was a festive parade through the streets of the playwright's birthplace and celebrations across the town, as Melissa Wright reports.

Primary school children take part in Shakespeare Week

Thousands of primary schoolchildren are taking part in a week-long series of events to introduce them to the work of William Shakespeare.

Organisers say it's all about getting youngsters learning about the Stratford-born Bard from an early age. We've sent our Des out to one school in Nuneaton, to find out what they've been getting up to.

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Stratford's Andrew Pozzi wins gold in 60m hurdles

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Stratford-upon-Avon born hurdler Andrew Pozzi claimed gold in the 60 metres hurdles at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade earlier tonight.

The 24-year-old won in 7.51 seconds to win the first major medal of his career.

Pozzi, the world leader this year, breezed through his heat before beating second place Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Petr Svoboda, who completed the podium positions, in the final.

Stratford MP in favour of President Trump visit

The Iraqi born Stratford Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi says he is in favour of President Trump being given a state visit to Britain.

It comes despite the controversy over the President's travel ban on seven nations which the MP feared would mean that having been born in Baghdad he could not travel to see his two sons who are studying in the US.

But recent clarification from the Foreign office confirms the ban does not apply to British citizens. The MP says he has no objection to a State visit from the President.

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