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Facelift for Mary Rose museum

The Mary Rose Museum will close for refurbushment Credit: ITV

The Mary Rose Musuem in Portsmouth will close next week until next summer as refurbishment gets underway. Over the next few months the main body of the museum and the hull will be closed to the public. The Learning Centre, cafe and shop will remain open to visitors.


Powering the Nation

If we don't do something by 2020 - the lights could go out. That's the warning from Fareham Borough Council - which says something has to be done - to ensure we have enough energy to power the country.

That's why it's in talks with National Grid about having an electricity interconnector built - on the Daedalus site. It will allow energy to flow in from France and back again. They say - there would be enough electricity - to power over a million homes. Andrew Pate has more.

Fast and furious: The sailing that's bringing in millions for the South

Now, if the city of Portsmouth had any doubts about the economic impact of being the home of Sir Ben Ainslie's dream to win the America's Cup - this week they got reassurance in abundance.

Figures show the team - plus the World Series Event - in July - will bring in over one hundred million pounds. This fast and furious racing is captivating the crowds - and therefore bringing in the cash.

Sally Simmonds has caught up with Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of Portsmouth ACWS Event, Sir Ben Ainslie and Freddie Carr, crew of Land Rover BAR.

Local economy boost for America's Cup bid

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie has spoken of his desire to get the country behind his ambition to bring the America's Cup to Britain.

Land Rover BAR Team Principle Sir Ben Ainslie poses for a photograph after a media briefing at Land Rover BAR Headquarters, Portsmouth. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images

The 38-year-old said gaining the support of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for his Land Rover BAR team, earlier in the year, was a boost to the plan to broaden the appeal of sailing.

His comments come as Land Rover BAR announced a £47 million boost for the UK economy created by the 2015 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series held in Portsmouth this July, with a greater boost expected for the second event next summer.

Sir Ben was supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a meeting in July Credit: Ian Vogler/The Daily Mirror/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fans fooled into buying fake celebrity memorabilia

Trading Standards officers assessing fake sporting memorabilia

A warning has been issued urging memorabilia fans to be vigilant when buying their celebrity-signed items.

The goods, once owned by music stars - or sporting icons - can go for premium prices. But Trading Standards say some fans are being duped into buying fakes and forgeries.

The warning comes after one man admitted selling thousands of pounds of bogus goods. Steve Pearson, who used to be the stadium announcer at Portsmouth Football Club, used his status to convince people the signed goods were real. Andrew Pate has our report.

A photograph of Steve Pearson appears, courtesy of 'The News, Portsmouth'. The interviewees are: JIm Conway, Collector; Peter Emmett, Trading Standards manager; Craig Copland, Trading Standards investigating officer.


Challenges ahead for Island's tourism after £330k loss

Tourism industry on the Isle of Wight faces challenges ahead

The Isle of Wight Council is trying to persuade local businesses to contribute financially towards promoting the island as a holiday destination.

It follows an announcement from the authority last week, announcing that it was stopping its grant of £330,000 to the 'Visit Isle of Wight consortium', in a bid to save taxpayers' money.

The news is a bitter blow to an industry which is reeling from the loss of two of its longest running attractions - the Fort Victoria Aquarium and the Seaview Wildlife Encounter both closed down two weeks ago. Dave Russell has our report.

The interviewees are: David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight; and Cllr Jonathan Bacon, Isle of Wight Council Leader.

Public told about changes to HS2 scheme

Hundreds of people in the Thames Valley have been packing public events this week - to get an update on how the controversial HS2 rail line will affect them.

The Government company behind the project says hundreds of changes have been made to take into account public concerns over noise and the environment. But many say they face misery and are left with homes that are worthless. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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