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RAIL: DISRUPTION BETWEEN STRATFORD AND BIRMINGHAM

A signalling problem between Stratford-upon-Avon and Whitlocks End is causing disruption to journeys to Birmingham Snow Hill / Hatton.

Problems are is likely to continue until at least 17:00.

Trains are not running on some parts of the route or terminating early. For travel tips click HERE

Hundreds to attend Stratford badger cull protest

A protest against the cull is taking place in Stratford Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a protest against the badger cull today.

The cull is aimed at stopping the spread of the TB disease to cattle but speakers from The Badger Trust at the event tomorrow say a cull is very expensive and could lead to more cases of TB being recorded.

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Paul Hollywood to guest star at food festival

TV baker, Paul Hollywood, is to attend the Stratford Food Festival today as a special guest.

He will be doing three demonstrations to the public and a book signing.

Paul Hollywood will guest star at the festival Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The festival also includes interactive workshops to give visitors the chance to see first-hand how industry professionals go about their work, and learn something new.

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Stratford Food Festival aiming for record attendance

The Stratford Food Festival is aiming for a record attendance of 20,000 this year, as it has moved to a new site.

This year's event, the eighth time the festival has been held, is at Stratford Racecourse, after the event last year saw a 34% increase in visitors.

Last years Stratford Food Festival Credit: Stratford Food Festival

Organisers want to avoid the congestion of last year, and hope the new venue will solve that problem.

Today is the second day of the two-day festival, with exhibitors including local artisan producers, pubs and hotels.

There is also expected to be a special guest.

School children speak of Troy Story excitement

School children have spoken of their excitement at appearing on Troy Story Credit: Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham

School children have spoken of their excitement of appearing on 'Troy Story' at Birmingham Town Hall tonight.

"It's going to be breath-taking" said one performer.

"It's great to know that all our hard work is going to pay off" said another.

'Troy Story': Futuristic opera based on classic poems

A Stratford-based orchestra has teamed up with schools from Birmingham and Stratford to produce a futuristic opera based on Homer's classic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Orchestra of the Swan, Talking Heads from Coventry and 164 primary school children will be taking part in Troy Story at Birmingham Town Hall tonight (9 July).

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