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Michelle Keegan opens Southampton Boat Show 2016

Michelle Keegan sets things off at the 2016 Southampton Boat Show

The actress and former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan has opened proceedings at this year's Southampton Boat Show in Hampshire.

'Speech, speech' Michelle Keegan says a few words to mark boat show launch

“I am thrilled to be opening the Southampton Boat Show this year. As an avid fan of all types of activity on the water, I’m really excited to spend some time at the Show, soaking up the atmosphere and experiencing some of the brilliant attractions on offer.”

– Michelle Keegan, Actress

"We’re delighted to welcome Michelle to the Show this year. As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is a much-loved event and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar.

"The Show attracts visitors from those new to boating to avid sailors as well as a host of famous names, and we’re thrilled that Michelle will be joining us to help open the Show.”

– Murray Ellis, British Marine Boat Shows Managing Director

Sparky's reunion: cat trapped in van engine for 60 miles

Sparky is on the mend after his ordeal stuck in the engine of a van as it travelled 60 miles cross country

A cat which survived a sixty-mile journey trapped in the engine compartment of a van has been reunited with his family.

Sparky travelled from Tottenham in north London to Reading in Berkshire before being rescued, and has made a full recovery from his ordeal. Richard Jones has our report.

The interviewees are Helena Peace from the RSPCA; and Gemma Davis, Sparky's owner.

Sparky is back with his family

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Queen Mary 2 at home in Southampton after £90m refit

The Southampton liner the Queen Mary 2 arrived back into port today after her 90 million pounds re-fit. It was the biggest upgrade of a cruise ship in history and has taken 2,500 workers in Germany 25 days to complete.

She has been re-painted and there are new cabins for people and pets. The famous ship is only home in Hampshire for one day before she heads to New York. Our reporter Mike Pearse managed to get on board to have a look around before she sets sail.

Farnborough Runway run raises £6,000 for charity

Runners start at Farnborough Airport

Almost 400 people have taken part in an unusual charity event at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire.

The runway was closed for the town's fifth annual Twilight Runway Challenge. It was organised by TAG Farnborough Airport and The Sixth Form College Farnborough. The £6,000 will go to the CMPP Youth Aspiration Fund (YAF) which provides young people in the area with mentoring and support to help them reach their full potential.

“It’s fabulous to welcome so many people along to the airport on a Saturday evening to support this event. It’s quite a unique opportunity to run, cycle, skate down the runway and taxiways of an airport and participants love having the option of a 3, 5 or 10k distance to suit their ability, which makes it more fun. There’s always such a great atmosphere from when people start arriving for registration, participating in the warm-up, then moving people to the start line for the actual race.”

– Elaine Turner, Marketing and Events Manager, TAG Farnborough Airport
Warming up and cooling down for the Twilight Runway Challenge

“What an amazing evening! The weather was kind to us, every challenger had a smile on their face - even when they had finished - and we raised lots of lovely money for the Youth Aspiration Fund. A huge thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the event.

"It just goes to show what wonderful things can be achieved when organisations work together to support their community.”

– Christine Eustace, Director of Community Engagement, The Sixth Form College Farnborough
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