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Military might to parade through Worcester streets

214 (Worcestershire) Battery Royal Artillery during last year's parade Credit: MOD

Artillery guns from the last century will be parade through as part of the city's annual Artillery day.

The military might will be joined by reservists from the 214 (Worcestershire) Battery Royal Artillery, who will be staging a freedom parade to celebrate their 150th anniversary and mark the centenary of the First World War.

Regimental light guns will be firing as part of Worcester Artillery Day Credit: MOD

The 214 Battery is part of the Army's 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, and the Regiment's Commanding Officer, Lt Col Frank Whiting, said:

"I'm sure thousands of Worcester residents will want to greet the volunteer men and women of 214 Battery as they parade through their home city, as part of what I know will truly be a day to remember."

– Lt Col Frank Whiting

The parade starts at midday at City Walls Road, and will arrive at Pitchcroft at 12:40 where visitors can see some of the guns in action.


Cram: Radcliffe a 'huge attraction' to Worcester City 10k

Steve Cram says Paula Radcliffe is a "huge attraction" to the Worcester City 10k.

It was announced today that Radcliffe will be competing in the September race, which will be delivered by Cram's Events of the North company.

To have Paula run is a huge attraction and we hope her appearance will give an added incentive to those who have not signed up yet to make sure they do.

It promises to be a fantastic day whether your goal is to race against the clock, to beat your mates or just to finish the course, and I’d urge anyone who is unsure to go for it, sign-up and experience what will be a tremendous atmosphere.

– Steve Cram

Radcliffe 'really looking forward to' Worcester City 10k

Paula Radcliffe, the current women’s road 10k world-record holder, says she is "really looking forward" to competing in the Worcester City 10k.

It was announced this morning that Radcliffe, who is also women's marathon world record holder, will be competing in the September event.

The race will be the first time that Radcliffe has run competitively since the Vienna half marathon in 2012, as the 40-year-old builds to a final swansong to her glittering career at next year’s London Marathon.

I'm really looking forward to running in Worcester. My goal is to run the London Marathon next year and the Worcester City 10k will give me a great chance to see how my fitness is developing.

Steve Cram has told me it's a very scenic route and these days I'm always happy to be sharing the course with so many others. I hope to make it a real family day out as my daughter Isla is keen to take part in the junior event too.

– Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radclife to run in Worcester City 10k

Paula Radcliffe holds the women's marathon world record Credit: PA

Current women’s road 10k world-record holder and iconic Great Britain athlete Paula Radcliffe will run the Worcester City 10k on 21st September, it has been announced.

The World, European and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who also holds the current women’s marathon world-record, will lead out a field of professional and amateur runners from Worcester City racecourse around a "unique and picturesque route" through the city.

The race will be the first time that Radcliffe has run competitively since the Vienna half marathon in 2012, with the 40-year-old athlete undergoing surgery on her foot following her appearance in Austria.

She is planning a final swansong to her glittering career at next year’s London Marathon and will use the Worcester event to ease herself back in to racing.

The 10k race will run alongside a 50k run-bike-run event, while the Worcester City Young Athletes Run will also take place on the day; over a one-mile distance for those under the age of 11 and 3k for those athletes aged between 11 and 15.

The event, which was set-up by British athletics legend Steve Cram in order to harness the spirit of London 2012, is the first in a series that Cram hopes to roll out across some of the UK’s most picturesque and historical cities.

£11,000 stolen from elderly man's savings tin

£11,000 stolen from elderly man's savings tin Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Distraction burglars in Worcester told an elderly man they could help fix a missing tile on his roof, before asking to use the toilet and then stealing around £11,000 in cash from a tin in the bedroom wardrobe.

It happened on Thursday 3 July at around 12pm on Bromwich Road.

And in a separate incident an elderly lady in Redditch had her purse stolen when a man tapped on her window and asked if she would like some gardening done. When the purse was placed on the window ledge the suspect took money from it before running off.

Police want people to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours and to warn them of the dangers.


Lynda Bellingham to open Worcester domestic violence centre

Lynda Bellingham will be presented with an honorary Fellowship Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham will be in Worcester today to help open a national centre preventing domestic violence.

She'll also be presented with an honorary Fellowship by the city's university for her campaigning work in highlighting violence and abuse.

Worcester one of the worst cities in UK for rush-hour delays

Worcester has been named as one of the worst cities in UK for rush-hour delays Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcester has been named as one of the most-affected cities for rush-hour delays, according to a new survey.

Drivers are said to be delayed for almost nine minutes during busy periods. Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent are among the quicker moving rush-hour cities.

Overall, the typical rush hour traffic slows speeds down by an average of 3.6mph.

Man arrested over disappearance of Worcester girl

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Worcester girl at the weekend.

Tanith Powell was missing for four days with her father Ewan Credit: Thames Valley Police

Tanith Powell, aged three, went missing with her father Ewan, 42, on Saturday. They were both found safe and well yesterday.

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