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America's Cup start delayed due to strong winds

he Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will now take place on Saturday 27th May, starting at 8.30pm

The organisers of the America's Cup have announced that the event will not go ahead tomorrow as planned due to strong winds.

The sailing race will instead begin on Saturday.

The decision has been made 'in the interest of the sailors and spectators'.

The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), and America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), have announced that the strong winds in Bermuda have meant that day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup have had to be postponed.

Forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the afternoon and evening, so with the safety of the sailors and spectators as the key priority, ACEA and ACRM have decided to postpone Friday’s events. Saturday 27th May and the days following are all forecast to have significantly improved weather conditions, so the four races scheduled to take place on Friday 26th May will now be added to the race schedules for the subsequent days.

The Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will now take place on Saturday 27th May, starting at 8.30pm, following the three time Grammy Award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean’s performance on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village which starts at 5.15pm. The America’s Cup Village will close at 9.30pm. Gates open at 11.30am on Saturday 27th May, with racing due to take place between 2pm and 5pm.

– America's Cup statement

A27 likely to remain closed as fire burns on

The A27 is likely to remain closed for most of the evening after 200 tonnes of scrap metal continue to burn near Lewes.

The blaze started at around 7pm this evening at a recycling plant in Southerham.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service told us they sent 8 fire engines to the scene where a large amount of rubbish was alight.

It's not yet known what caused the fire.

Crews from Lewes, Barcombe, Brighton, Newhaven, Heathfield, Crowborough and Uckfield as well as the Command Unit from Bexhill are currently in attendance at a large fire at a waste management company just off the Southerham roundabout in Lewes. Approximately 200 tonnes of scrap metal is alight. The A27 is now closed both ways between Beddingham roundabout and the southerham roundabout.

– East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

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Large fire at rubbish site near Lewes

Billowing smoke can be seen from miles around

Up to forty firefighters are tackling a blaze at a rubbish site near Lewes this evening.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service told ITV News Meridian that a fire had broken out in Southerham and eight fire engines were at the scene.

People have taken to Twitter to share photos of the fire

The A27 has been closed in both directions surrounding the area.

It's not yet known the cause of the fire.

The thick smoke seen here from Laughton

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