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Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh's latest installation

Presenter and gardener Alan Titchmarsh has been installed as the new Chancellor of the University of Winchester.

Alan Titchmarsh says he's honoured to be chosen for the role Credit: itv Meridian

The presenter who's originally from Yorkshire has been in Hampshire since the 1980's.

He told ITV Meridian the role as Head of the university means he will be the "public face" of the institution and said it was a great honour to be selected.

As Chancellor the presenter will be the public face of the university Credit: itv Meridian

Alan Titchmarsh MBE, is the patron of over 50 charities and organisations and of course a household name, but he says he has no intention of slowing down. He didn't go to university himself but is a champion of education and apprenticeships.

"I am hugely looking forward to working closely with the Vice-Chancellor, to make sure that the University continues to maintain its reputation and goes from strength-to-strength. It will be a challenging role but one that I shall relish.”

– Alan Titchmarsh

The broadcaster, who's also a novelist was officially welcomed into the role as Chancellor at a ceremony today, our reporter Andrew Pate was also there.


Victims of ticket fraud at Bestival are urged to contact police

Victims of ticket fraud are being urged to contact police Credit: ITV

Police are urging music fans, who are victims of ticket fraud at Bestival, to contact them as soon as possible.

Officers were alerted before Bestival started on 10 September. A number of people from Brighton reported that they paid for tickets, but had not received them.

The investigation is continuing and, so far, police have confirmed there are more than 250 victims.

Police have set up a web page with an online form.

There is also an e-mail address:

They're making a comeback...Thunderbirds are go!

International Rescue. Brains. Lady Penelope. Ring any bells? Yes, Thunderbirds ARE go...again!

Fans of the TV series - which first hit our screens 50 years ago - have raised thousands of pounds for a team of film-makers to make three new episodes in the style of the originals.

The show was created by husband and wife team Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, who lived in Henley-on-Thames. Mike Griffiths reports from Tracey Island.

Local musicians band together to help twin town recover

Credit: Hastings Borough Council

The World renowned locally based jazz singer, Liane Carroll and popular local band, The Kytes are getting together to back the campaign to help twin town, Hastings in Sierra Leone.

The town is still recovering from the devastating Ebola outbreak and from the recent floods which have hit the area.

They will be playing at the Friendship Link's Charity Ball at The Montgomerie Suite, Bannatynes Hotel on Saturday 31st October.

Credit: Hastings Borough Council
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