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Firefighters in 7,000 metre pole challenge for charity

Firefighters ahead of their pole challenge Credit: Tom Savvides

A group of firefighters from Brighton & Hove are attempting to break the world record for pole dropping.

Green Watch from Hove Community Fire station are also raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity, as well as the Rocking Horse appeal.

The team are planning to climb and slide nearly 7,000 metres up and down a fire station pole that has been put in place at Brighton's Churchill Square between 9am and 5pm today. They want to grab back the record which they set in 2009.

The challenge for the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service firefighters marks one of the last time the 13 members of Green Watch will be together. Next month one of the fire engines will be taken away from the Hove fire station and the team will be cut down to seven members.

"We have a change of establishment on station, as you know, at the end of March and we want to go out in style getting back our world record before we go our separate ways upholding our continued good work we undertake for charity.

"We have match funding in place, which enables individuals' donations to charities to be doubled, so would like to raise an enormous amount of money for the two fantastic charities.

"We want the public to turn out in their thousands to support us, cheer us on and donate whatever they can, as it is gonna be a great family day.

"Whilst it is important to keep fit for our jobs, we have definitely upped our training for the big event. Each day on duty we spend an hour coming down our fire pole on station and running back up the stairs."

– Darren Eaton, Firefighter

Young chefs battle it out for chance to be Roux scholar

Many young chefs in our region dream of becoming a Roux scholar. To achieve the prestigious title, you need to battle off dozens of other 18 to 30 year olds and impress some of the best chefs in the world in a tense day of cooking.

The Roux Scholarship is now chaired by Michel Roux Jr. and his cousin Alain, after they took on the mantle from their fathers. Just taking part is a huge achievement for up-and-coming chefs, but to win can take their career to the next level.

This year's semi-final cook-offs took place at University College Birmingham and the University of West London. Scott Dineen lives in Folkestone and has made it to the final a few times before. He's hoping this is his lucky year.

Watch Emma Wilkinson's report.


What's in the box? Five tiny fox cubs find a new home

Prepare to say 'Ahhh'.

Five little fox cubs are being hand-reared by an animal charity outside of Brighton, after four of them were discovered under the floorboards of a home being renovated.

They're around two weeks old, the fifth brought to Roger's Wildlife Rescue when a member of the public spotted her falling from a tree into a pond!

Andy Dickenson reports.

Special performance: Bagpipers piping at Stonehenge

Members of the Southern Jacobites Pipe Band are playing their instruments at Stonehenge today. The musicians are marking International Bagpipe Day.

Say it with flowers? Shop sends spring onions instead

Suzanne Bradish got a bunch of spring onions instead of flowers Credit: Suzanne Bradish

A shopper from Rochester in Kent has shared her surprise at receiving a bunch of spring onions from a supermarket instead of the bouquet of Spring flowers she had ordered online.

The supermarket sent her a letter explaining the odd substitution, by saying it had no bunches of the Spring flowers left.

Suzanne Bradish sent a message on social media telling her followers and friends about the mixup. Since then her tweet has gone viral with more more than 3,000 other people forwarding the story on.

The letter explaining the substitution of onions for flowers

Since then, the jokes have come pouring in, along with other people sharing their own substitution stories. Suzanne showed she has a sense of humour too, by picturing the onions in a vase of water.

To their credit Sainsbury's did apologise, and sent Suzanne a bunch of flowers and a voucher for her trouble.


Royal Gurkha Rifles go on the attack against litter

Gurkha soldiers in Kent have been scaling the Leas cliff in Folkestone in their battle against litter.

The efforts of the Royal Gurkha Rifles 2nd Battalion is in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday, and is one of a series of clean-ups coordinated by Shepway District Council as part of the national 'Clean for the Queen' campaign.

Royal Gurkha Rifles 2nd Battalion Credit: ITV Meridian
Royal Gurkha Rifles 2nd Battalion Credit: ITV Meridian
Royal Gurkha Rifles 2nd Battalion Credit: ITV Meridian
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