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Giant footsteps taken in heroes' festival

The Fuse Medway Festival 2014 is underway this weekend. The event transforms the area's streets into open spaces with free arts events. The opening parade was the Medway Heroes Carnival - Walking in the Footsteps of Giants - celebrating the areas historic figures and local heroes.

The rest of the weekend will feature circus, theatre and dance performances and a Big Picnic in Rochester on Sunday. For more information you can visit the Fuse Medway Festival website.

The Medway Heroes Carnival in Gillingham Credit: Rikard Osterland
The Medway Heroes Carnival in Gillingham Credit: Rikard Osterland


Peckish squirrel eats so many nuts it gets stuck in bird feeder

Trapped Squirrel Credit: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

A hungry squirrel that squeezed through the bars of a rodent proof bird feeder gorged itself so much on nuts it couldn't get out!

Rescuers found it franticly trying to get out, going round in circles chewing at the plastic and wire. The squirrel finally managed to squeeze out and ran off.

Trevor Week, founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service, said it's a common problem: "Juvenile squirrels can just about squeeze through the bars of these feeders, but after eating they can sometimes find it a bit harder to get out! ” he said.

Sun shines on 'best in show'

It's shaping up as a challenging year for the region's farmers - a year that started with hundreds of acres of farmland swamped by floods.

But the sun shone today for the start of the South of England Show and the message to consumers from farmers was simple - buy local.

Andy Dickenson was there and spoke to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson MP, Minette Batters of the NFU, and Michael Lambert of the South of England Society.


Get ready for lunch!

A Big Lunch gathering from last year Credit: The Big Lunch

What are you having for lunch today? Or more importantly, who are you having it with?

Around four four million people across Britain are getting ready to sit down with neighbours and residents in their communities for the sixth annual Big Lunch.

Getting to know your neighbours

The Big Lunch, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project in Cornwall, encourages people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year, for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.

There are Big Lunch events going on right across the region, from Oxford to Tunbridge Wells.

Polo princes enjoy a day together in Ascot

Royal polo event
Princes William and Harry Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry enjoyed a charity polo match at Coworth Park near Ascot, in Berkshire, today.

They were playing in the Audi Polo Challenge, a two day event to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the Royal Marsden Hospital, Skillforce and Sentebale.

Prince William
Prince William at today's polo charity event Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Princes William and Harry
The Princes take a break from polo match Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Prince Harry
Prince Harry helps raise funds for charity Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Princes William and Harry
The princes in good spirits Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Saints player a 'step closer' to move to Merseyside

Rickie Lambert
Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert Credit: PA Images

Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert appears a step closer to completing a move to Liverpool after undergoing a medical on Merseyside.

The Anfield club are understood to have agreed a £4 million deal for the 32-year-old, who was once on their books as an academy player.

Liverpool are thought to be keen to complete a deal before Lambert heads to England's pre-World Cup training camp in the United States on Sunday.

Lambert told Sky Sports News: "The medical went well but as you know I can't say anything."I'll speak properly about it, hopefully, very shortly.

"It's been a crazy football year to be honest, the way it's carrying on."

Lambert was asked if he had spoken to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard about the move while with him on England duty over the past week.

He said: "I've spoken to Stevie a while ago, but I'll speak properly on Monday."

News of Lambert's impending move to his boyhood club came as a surprise when it emerged on Thursday evening.

Lambert was released by Liverpool at the age of 15 in 1997 and was later shown the door by Blackpool after moving to the Lancashire club as a trainee.

He did eventually turn professional and played in the lower divisions with Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally flourishing at Southampton.

Having helped Saints to two promotions and then impressing in the Premier League, he admits he will leave St Mary's with a heavy heart.

He said: "There's lots of emotions as you can imagine so it's something I need to address and obviously I will address all parties when I get the chance."

Liverpool are also understood to have made an improved offer of £25 million for Lambert's Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana after having an initial £20 million bid rejected.

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