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VIDEO : Birdmen take to the skies for annual pier jump

Day Two of the Worthing Birdman competition gets under way at 12.45pm today.

The jackpot has been won with an impressive leap of 106 metres, but can Tony Hughes keep the £10,000 or will someone snatch it from him again?

Here's a video of some of the highlights of day one.

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World record attempt for balancing books on heads

Practicing is underway in the world record book balancing challenge Credit: Gosport Discovery Centre

The call has gone out for volunteers to help in a world record attempt in Hampshire. Gosport's Discovery Centre is hoping to bring at least one thousand and one hundred people together on Saturday 15th August - to simultaneously balance a book on their heads and cover five metres either on foot, or for people with disabilities, in wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

The organisers say that would-be record breakers need to be in Walpole Park by 11.15am and bring a book of a minimum 23cm x 15cm (9in x 5.9in) and maximum 31cm x 23cm (12.2in x 9in). That's because the size of the book are very important to ensure the record is valid.

'We need 1,100 people to join us in this world record attempt if we are to succeed - so I'm really hoping that people will come from far and wide and make a day of it. Gosport's got a lot to offer for a day out, and taking part in a world record attempt is not something you get the chance to do every day.

'Practising here at the Discovery Centre, I am pleased to see so many young readers taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, for which this year's theme is Record Breakers. The challenge is proven to help young people keep up their reading skills during the long summer break. Now I just hope they can be persuaded to take on an extra challenge - book-balancing in Walpole Park!'

– Cllr Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council, Executive Member for Education
One would-be participant gets into the spirit of things with a pirate theme Credit: Gosport Discovery Centre

The current record for the most people balancing books on their heads is 998 - it was broken in Sydney, Australia in November 2012. For more information you can visit the Gosport Discovery Centre online.

Fred Dinenage & Sangeeta Bhabra invite you to see the new ITV Meridian set

Our new home is our latest set to bring you the news for the South, South-East and Thames Valley - first at 6pm on ITV every night. We have had some different looks over the years as this selection shows. How many can you remember? Thanks to @tvlive for finding them all for us!

ITV Meridian 2013 - our most recent look Credit: ITV Meridian/@tvlive
We had a yellow phase in 2009 Credit: ITV Meridian/@tvlive
Blue was back in vogue in 2007 Credit: ITV Meridian/@tvlive
We had a revamp in 2006 too Credit: ITV Meridian/@tvlive
In 2004 it was blue and yellow Credit: ITV Meridian/@tvlive
We even had a purple phase Credit: ITV Meridian/@tvlive
1996 saw the orange give way to a sunset scenario Credit: ITV Meridian/@tvlive
Bright and bold - the first Meridian Tonight set in 1993 Credit: ITV Meridian/@tvlive

Sweet enough to eat - the puppies looking for a perfect home

Now you've heard of the Great British Bake - so here's a sweet little treat for you that is certain to leave you doughy eyed.

Yes when six orphaned pups were rescued by the Dog's Trust in Newbury they were all deemed good enough to eat so staff decided to name them after the popular baking contest.

The fifteen week old West Highland terriers are called Cupcake, Cookie, Crumble, Cinnamon, Choux and Custard Cream. Three have already found a new owner but the others are looking for the perfect ingredients for a new home.

Wedding bells on weekend of Brighton Pride!

Up to 200,000 people are expected to take part in this weekend's Pride in Brighton and Hove. The event - celebrating the LGBT community - is in its 25th year and predicted to be the biggest yet.

But for one couple it marks a very special personal milestone too. 92 year old David Montague has chosen this weekend to marry his long-term partner. Malcolm Shaw has been to meet them.


Sussex Police go all out for Brighton Pride!

A police car has been designed for Sussex Police, especially for Brighton Pride, which kicks off tomorrow.

Now in it's 25th year - 160 thousand people are expected to attend. It's the largest event of its kind in the country. This year, an extended parade will start from Hove Lawns at 11am and retraces the steps of the first Pride walks.

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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