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Shaun in the City

Some of the Shaun sculptures appearing this morning Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

50 five-foot-high Shaun the Sheep sculptures designed by well-known artists and celebs installed across London in a major public arts trail raising funds for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal.

The sheep will go on display to the general public prior to a grand auction in autumn.

A second trail featuring a second flock of 70 scheduled for Bristol from 6 Jul to 31 Aug.

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Ireland's contribution to London celebrated in free festival

A number of free events are taking place across London today as part of the St Patrick's Day festival.

  • Boxing legend Barry McGuigan will lead the parade of Irish marching bands from Green Park to Piccadilly and Whitehall from noon.
  • Trafalgar Square will go green, and host a festival of contemporary Irish music, dance and performance.
  • Smash hit West End musical The Committments will perform at Trafalgar Square
  • Lord of the Dance will perform their show 'Dangerous Games'
  • A free film festival will take place at the Prince Charles Cinema at Leicester Square on Sunday from midday
  • An Irish food market will feature at Trafalgar Square

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Mayor 'fought for funding for St Patrick's Day parade'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he was asked to cut funding for this year's St Patrick's Day, but he refused.

The parade will be headed by former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan, will feature float representing all 32 counties of Ireland and will begin at noon from Green Park station.

It will travel along Piccadilly, Lower Regent Street, the Mall and Cockspur Street before heading up to Trafalgar Square.

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'Very dashing': Kate jokes with Downton's Carson

The Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke with Downton Abbey's Carson during her visit to the show's set today, asking him if his suit and bow tie were "usual attire".

Carson, played by Jim Carter, responded "this is my relaxing gear", as he showed Kate the costumes trailer for the series.

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