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Sussex celebrates 950th anniversary of 'Britain's most famous battle'

Today marks the 950th anniversary of possibly the most famous battle on English soil.

On this day in 1066 at least 20,000 men decided the fate of our nation - when William the Conqueror defeated King Harold on the fields of Sussex.

The Battle of Hastings will be recreated once again in Battle itself this weekend, while a bonfire procession will be among the celebrations in Hastings. But why is 1066 so important?

Andy Dickenson speaks to Sam Stones of English Heritage, Nick Lynas of Hastings Bonfire Society and 1066 walker Nigel Amos.


A festival of food and drink in the New Forest

The flowers of the forest help to create stunning dishes Credit: New Forest Food Festival

The first ever New Forest Food and Drink Festival is set to take place from 31 October to 6 November this year.

The event will feature traditional forest foods, celebrity chef showcases, culinary events and activities for all ages.

Menus are made up of local produce such as Pannage Pig as well as fish and seafood plus succulent desserts.


Youngsters gather for Young Carers Festival

Young carers enjoying cake decorating at the Festival Credit: ITV News Meridian

This weekend young carers from across the country will gather at the Young Carers Festival hosted by the YMCA Fairthorne Manor, near Botley. The gathering is the world's largest event for children and young people with a caring responsibility.

Started in 2000 by the YMCA and the Children's Society, the action packed Young Carers Festival is hosted at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, near Botley. The festival provides the youngsters with enjoy some respite from their caring responsibilities.

The event also provides young carers with the opportunity to have their voice heard by policy makers and share experiences with other to meet young people in a similar the position as them.

Young carers taking part in climbing exercises Credit: ITV News Meridian
Young Carers Festival camp site Credit: ITV News Meridian
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