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Pump up the volume and join the vinyl revival

Are you part of the vinyl revival that's seen sales of records soar to a 25-year high?

The Oxfam Music Shop on East Street in Southampton has been open for 10 years. It was one of the first charity music shops in the country - and is now selling 20,000 vinyl records a year. Another is on Duke Street in Reading.

Bob Crampton has been finding out what vinyl gives you that downloads don't.


Strictly on tour...we catch up with Brendan Cole

For fans of Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan Cole can increase the pulse almost as fast as his quickstep.

And now there's the chance to get even closer to the dancer as he comes to our region on his UK tour.

He's in Canterbury this week, and heads to Dartford later this month.

Emily Knight has been to see him - and she asked if he would like to be to be the new judge on 'Strictly'.

The last of the lions - fears for Maidstone's Chinese New Year celebrations

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and crowds gathered in Maidstone this lunchtime to celebrate it.

However, there are fears this could be the last time its colourful lions will be seen in the town, due to cutbacks.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Chris Perkins from the Maidstone Cultural Group, Mayor Derek Butler and Kalysha Howard-Smith.

Hampshire hopeful sings her way to national finals

13 year old Ciara Parker from Chandlers Ford beat off stiff competition to reach the grand final of Open Mic UK which takes place this weekend.

Over 10,000 unsigned artists entered the contest, all looking to be the next musical superstar.

Previous winners have included Brit Award nominee Birdy.

I can’t wait to get on that stage at the N.E.C. on Saturday. I have been working really hard on my song. Just getting to the finals and being able to sing in front of major names in the music industry is brilliant. Winning would be incredible!

– Ciara Parker


Sign of the times - Churchill, Kipling and Picasso amongst the stars in extraordinary autograph auction

An extraordinary collection of autographs and signatures from some of the most iconic figures in history will go on sale tomorrow in Sussex.

In total more than a thousand hand written scrawls from Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens, military and literary heroes will be auctioned.

Between them they cover four centuries - but the collection itself came as a complete surprise, as Andy Dickenson discovered when he spoke to auctioneer Paul Campbell.

Little Mix to perform at Southampton's Ageas Bowl

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UK girl band Little Mix are to perform at Southampton's Ageas Bowl on 9th July this year.

It's part of their 'Summer Shout Out' tour which will see Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall perform 13 dates around the UK.

It will be the first time the pop band have played in the city, which will see them perform hits such as 'Shout Out to My Ex' and 'Black Magic'.

Organisers Cuffe and Taylor will also be bringing Bryan Adams to the Ageas this year.

Railway handed more than a million pounds to 'show off' its steam gems

The Bluebell Railway line in Sussex has been an obsession for its army of volunteers for almost sixty years, and it now takes passengers on 140,000 journeys every twelve months.

Meanwhile its collection of steam engines is thought to be one of the best outside London - and it's just been awarded £1.1million of Lottery funding to show them off.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to the railway's Roger Kelly.

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