Lib Dem conference venue

South's Lib Dems in Glasgow

Delegates from the South have arrived in Glasgow for the annual Liberal Democrat party conference.

ITV Meridian

Plight of asylum seekers

Teenagers have taken up the cause of those fleeing danger in other countries to create a drama outlining the plight of refugees.

Live updates

Advertisement

Portsmouth prepares to say goodbye to HMS Ark Royal

Hundreds of people are expected at the Round Tower in Portsmouth to watch the final sailing of HMS Ark Royal. The ship will past the tower at 1pm.

Img_2029_normal

Sad day now the #HMSArkRoyal is being scrapped. My favourite memory as a 15th Long Eaton "Ark Royal" Cub Scout - was a tour & tea on board.

E33c1f85defbcc64430e0c4395b07b89_normal

The ark royal is going to a scrap yard today, after being decommissioned, I was christened on that! How sad!! ???? #hmsArkRoyal #lastsail

The Queen Mother and HMS Ark Royal

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother meets the crew of HMS Ark Royal
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother meets the crew of HMS Ark Royal Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

The Queen Mother launched HMS Ark Royal when she was built in the Swan Hunters Shipyard, Wallsend in 1981. She maintained a close relationship with the ship and its crew, serving as the company's patron until her death in 2002.

In November 2001 at the age of 101 she joined the twelve hundred crew members and their families to rededicate the ship after a major refit.

Nine years later her daughter the Queen would also visit Portsmouth to say goodbye to the ship before it was decommissioned

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother greets the crew of HMS Ark Royal
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother greets the crew of HMS Ark Royal Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Advertisement

Anger over new homes

Campaigners have expressed anger at the proposals for a new town of 6,500 homes in Hampshire. The proposed community known as Welborne will be built to the north of Fareham near the motorway on a thousand acres of open countryside.

The Fareham Society, Wickham Society and local village residents' associations along with planning experts from the Campaign to Protect Rural England are unhappy about the scheme saying it will lead to traffic congestion and impact on their quality of life .

Ark Royal bound for Turkey

Farewell to Ark Royal
HMS Ark Royal Credit: ITV Meridian

The Royal Navy's former flagship, the HMS Ark Royal is expected to leave her Portsmouth home for the last time tomorrow. The decommissioned light aircraft carrier is heading for a Turkish scrap merchant.

The ship was left unused at the city's Naval Base for the last two years. She'll be transported to the shipyard in Turkey, where she'll be recycled. Although orginally due to retire in 2016, she was instead decommissioned as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2010.

Load more updates