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Student proposes at graduation ceremony

Shiyi pops the question Credit: Peter Franklin

As a first for graduation ceremonies at the University of Southampton, a student has got down on one knee and made a proposal of marriage in front of hundreds of other graduates.

Masters student Shiyi Ying was given special permission to take to the stage towards the end of the ceremony so he could pop the question to Yu-Yen Ou, his partner of two years.

Describing the University as a “magic place”, Shiyi invited her onto the stage and told her: "Deep inside I know you are the only one I can share the rest of my life with, because I love you.”

He then produced a ring and asked her to marry him – to which she said 'yes,' before the couple hugged on the stage to rapturous applause.

'Mud-splattered' cloak sells for thousands at auction

The "mud-splattered" cloak worn by the Duke of Wellington during the Waterloo campaign has sold at auction for £47,500.

The garment, made from blue wool and trimmed with a navy collar and facings, was acquired by London's National Army Museum (NAM) from Sotheby's auction house.

This summer marks the bicentenary of the battle, which saw allied forces led by the Duke secure victory over French emperor Napoleon, ending two decades of war.

The 1st Duke of Wellington Credit: ITV News

The Duke has significant connections to the Meridian region. His family home was the Stratfield Saye Estate, between Reading and Basingstoke. His descendants remain there to this day.

The Duke ended his days in what he called his favourite retreat - Walmer Castle, on the Kent coast.


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Micro horse enjoys international fame

There aren't many one-month-olds who can claim to be internationally famous but a youngster from Tonbridge is exactly that.

But this infant is an American miniature horse who, when he was born, was one of the smallest in Britain at just 36cm tall. He's called "micro Dave" and we sent our own Dave along to meet him.

Reporter David Johns spoke to micro-Dave's owner Jen Baldwin-Murphy and groom Claire Murphy.

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'Jumping Umbrella': a prize winning pic

A Welsh photographer beat thousands to claim second prize in an online photo competition.

A Welsh photographer won £2000 with this entry Credit: Nadya Migai

Almost 6,000 people entered a competition run by watchmakers Christopher Ward to share images of the places, people and sights they feel best express what 'makes Britain tick'. Nadya Migai, originally from Moldova but now living in Wales, entered the competition with a photo entitled 'Jumping Umbrella'. She has won £2000 for coming second.

“This shot was taken about two months ago in Manchester during an informal photo trip. It was a cold rainy Manchester day (of course!) and the girl in the picture matched so perfectly to the surroundings that it felt like she belonged to that place.

For me, the moody weather completed the picture and it’s a real 'Mary Poppins' moment!”

– Nadya Migai
First prize: a candid shot of commuters at a tube station Credit: Benjie Aguilera Brown

First prize went to Benjie Aguilera Brown for his candid capture of a crowd of texting commuters lost in their own worlds on a tube station platform.

Third prize: a morris minor by the sea Credit: Charlotte Docker

A top 100 shortlist of images was whittled down via the number of likes received on photo sharing website Instagram. These top 100 were then put forward to a judging panel. Charlotte Docker came third with her image of a morris minor at the seaside.


Man 'brave' to sell extensive Star Wars collection

An anonymous seller in Dorset has spent 15 years collecting Star Wars memorabilia, but now it is being sold at auction.

Dorchester auction house Dukes said it was 'most unusual' for such an extensive collection to go under the hammer.

Auctioneer, Matthew Denney, said the man was very brave to take his collection to the market:

May the force be with you... Massive Star Wars collection goes on sale today

Credit: ITV News

An auction war is expected to break out today as a huge Star Wars collection goes under the hammer.

People have contacted Dukes Auctioneers from all over the world expressing their interest in the collection which could sell for more than £50,000.

The collection, which includes some of the more sought after action figures, has been amassed by just one fan.

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