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The crazy world of crazy golf - but who won?

This weekend may have featured the Champions League and French Open Finals but the sporting event 'par excellence' was to be found in Hastings.

That's where the fifth international World Adventure Golf Masters was staged - with Great Britain vying for supremecy against the Germans.

You'd have been crazy to miss it, but who won?

Andy Dickenson found out and spoke to Sean Homer, captain of the Great Britain squad, Pasi Aho of the World Mini Golf Federation, Melanie Hammerschmidt from Germany and Dr Surha Yeodikar of India.

Part 3: Remembering Britannia - "To the Queen & absent friends"

The Royal Yacht Britannia was taken out of service almost 20 years ago

The eleventh of December 1997 is a day that everyone who has ever served on the Royal Yacht Britannia remembers.

It was the day Britannia was decommissioned at an emotional ceremony attended by Her Majesty The Queen and most of the other members of the Royal family.

For the crew it meant the end of a unique way of life. Richard Jones has the last of our special reports from their annual reunion.

The other two parts of our special series about the Royal Yacht Britannia:

Part 1: Back to work for former crew of Royal Yacht Britannia

Part 2: Life below decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia


Churchill's cigar to go under the hammer

The chewed end of a cigar smoked by Winston Churchill in his hospital bed is expected to fetch up to a thousand pounds at auction in Dorset. The cigar was smoked in 1962 while Churchill was recuperating from a fractured hip. It was saved by a student nurse and kept in a paper bag. The cigar will go under the hammer in Dorchester in October.

Churchill's cigar to go under the hammer Credit: ITV News Meridian

Part 2: Life below decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia

Back in the kitchen - former crew return to Royal Yacht Britannia

The second in a series about the annual return of former crew members of the Royal Yacht Britannia who go back to work on board her for a week each year.

The former crew members follow the routines they once had - eating the food they used to, and returning to the messes where they once socialised with their crewmates.

The yacht served the royal family for more than forty years and travelled more than a million miles around the globe. Her maiden voyage was from Portsmouth to Malta. Many of her crew over the years have come from Hampshire. They organise an annual gathering in Portsmouth.

Britannia is now moored in Edinburgh. Here is Richard Jones with part two of his special series of reports.

Hannah's challenge: the fastest Channel crossing

Hannah White has already sailed to the Atlantic solo three times

A new world record could be set today for the fastest channel crossing in a sail-powered dinghy.

The sailor and extreme adventurer Hannah White will make the attempt - starting in France and hopes to reach Folkestone in Kent by this evening. Her boat, Speedbird, is a type of vessel known as a 'moth', and it could reach speeds of 45 knots.

Next year Hannah aims to not only break the women’s speed record over one nautical mile, but become the first woman to ever set that record above the 40 knot barrier.

Record-breaking football match - 72 hours & counting!

Record breaking football match - players on the pitch

The world record for the longest ever football game has been broken at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton.

Two teams, including members of the Testlands Support Project, broke the record of playing 72-hours non-stop last night. They are planning to continue playing until 10:30pm this evening to reach 100 continuous hours of playing football.


Part 1: Back to work for former crew of Royal Yacht Britannia

Former crewmen revisit the Royal Yacht Britannia

How many of us would go back to the place we once worked to work again - and this time pay for the privilege?

That's what former crew members from the Royal Yacht Britannia do for a week once a year. It's a sign of just how special it was to be a sailor aboard a ship which served the nation for more than 40 years.

Richard Jones joined them - exclusively on board - and this is the first of three special reports this week.

Poirot's David Suchet takes on a challenging new role

David Suchet in costume for his latest role

The actor David Suchet is currently appearing on stage at the Mayflower in Southampton in one of theatres' most famous roles. The thespian who became a household name playing Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, is now performing in Oscar Wilde's play the 'Importance of Being Earnest'.

Suchet said he was rather shocked at first, when he was asked to star as Lady Bracknell - the first female starring role in his long acting career.

'The great British public supporting the armed forces'

The best military polo players have been in action at Tidworth today.

The highlight was the Heroes' Cup of 2015. Six para players were in action as the sport paid tribute to the armed forces. Money raised at the event will go to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes charities. Last year's event raised £15,000 for good causes.

The co-founder and Chief Executive of Help for Heroes, Bryn Parry OBE, thanked the public for their generosity.

The Heroes' Cup 2015 - polo for charity at Tidworth

The Best of British Polo event is raising money for charity

Crowds of people have gathered at the 'Best of British Polo' event in Wiltshire today. It is fast becoming a regular fixture on the polo calendar.

Among the events is the 'Heroes' Cup 2015' which includes armed forces personnel and veterans competing on the field.

The events will raise money for Help for Heroes and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight. Last year more than 5,000 spectators turned up for a day of polo, and £15,000 was raised for charity.

Money is also being raised for the Hampshire & isle of Wight Air Ambulance
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