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World record set in Hayling Island

Kitesurfing off Hayling Island Credit: Virgin kitesurfing armada

Hundreds of kitesurfers have taken to the water at Hayling Island. A new Guinness World Records was set for the largest parade of paddle boarders. 256 paddle boarders travelled down a similar course with an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator on hand to approve the record. The Kitesurfing Armada attracted world champions, pro-kitesurfers, a double Olympic medallist and novice kitesurfers, with ages ranging from as young as 11 years through to 73 years. The beach was awash with spectators to support the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt.

Hundreds gather to watch Credit: Virgin Kitesurfing Armada

Director of the Kitesurfing Armada Dan Charlish said, "We have been overwhelmed by the positivity and enthusiasm of everyone who got involved. Despite a challenging wind forecast hundreds of kitesurfers came to support the event. The Armada looked amazing as hundreds of kites filled the sky".

The event has grown significantly since its launch last year, becoming a weekend festival which included live music, a big screen, local and international kite brands exhibiting gear and talks from kite pros and industry experts.


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ITV News Meridian on set of The Great Fire

It's one of the most anticipated dramas of the year, and tomorrow night the story of the Great Fire of London will begin on ITV. Written by ITV News Correspondent Tom Bradby it features a mix of what really happened in 1666 - as well as a bit of modern day political agenda - and of course a love story. Divya Kohli got exclusive access to the incredible set.

Leaders demand Channel 4 drop Southampton documentary

Leaders in Southampton have joined representatives of local residents in writing to Channel 4 - urging the broadcaster to reconsider showing ‘Immigration Street’. The controversial follow up to last year’s ‘Benefits Street’ programme is centred on the Derby Road area of the city.

The open letter, addressed to Nick Mirsky - Channel 4's Head of Documentaries, expresses concerns about the impact of the program on local community cohesion, the city's reputation and the wellbeing of residents.

“Whilst we respect and support the media’s freedom of expression and value its importance in an open society, we are clear that the greater public interest will be served by not screening this programme. We whole heartedly support the majority of the local community in its opposition to the making of it. Therefore we call upon Channel 4 and Love Productions to show their integrity by abandoning the screening of this programme now and to leave local people to resume their lives without this unwanted, unwarranted and damaging intrusion.”

– The signatories

The letter is signed by representatives of Southampton Connect, as well as the Newtown Residents Association, the Leader ofSouthampton City Council, the council’s cabinet member for Communities, the local MP, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the head teacher of the local school, and local health organisations.

Open letter addressed to Channel 4 Credit: Southampton Connect

Bake Off star takes on zip wire for charity

Great British Bake Off star Martha Collison joined dozens of daredevils as she took on the ‘Final Furlong’ - an 800ft zip wire challenge at Ascot racecourse in aid of Victim Support.

Linda Darrall, Divisional Manager for Victim Support in Berkshire said: “It’s brilliant that so many locals took on the zip wire challenge. This was a great opportunity to get together, have fun and raise money and awareness for Victim Support."

Victim Support is an independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales. The charity is celebrating its 40th anniversary during 2014.

Credit: Victim Support


Disabled hitting the target at firing range

Firing a crossbow, rifle or a bow and arrow may not be everyone's cup of tea but a new business in Hastings is desperate to change the image of target sports.

And with our recent successes in the Olympics, as well as equal opportunities for those with disabilities, and pensioners, it already seems like a sure-fire hit.

Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from John Lawler, Claude Sinden and Lynn Kipling, as well as Jason Byrne, managing director of 1066 Target Sports, Amber Rudder MP and Parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen.

Peter Andre talks about his family, DIY, his career and a new tour of the South

He's been called Britain's hardest working singer - but he's a bit more than that. In fact, he's got his own reality show; is host of a 60-minute makeover programme and he's launched a charity foundation.

Peter Andre is beginning his new UK tour - the first in two years - and, to start, he's keeping it local - or, at least, as close as he can to his home in Sussex. Fred and Sarah also discovered that Peter is the world's worst DIY enthusiast.

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