Maidstone gets ready to party

Revellers are getting ready for a brand new festival in Maidstone this weekend featuring bands like Sister Sledge and Brand New Heavies.

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Meet the Knights who go 'Ouch!' in the Medieval Fight Club

Prepare yourselves because as hobbies go they don't come much wilder or more brutal than this.

What young boy, or girl perhaps, hasn't pretended to be a brave Knight fighting for King, Queen and Country? Well, a group of grown up men in Sussex have taken that dream a step further - and they're not pulling their punches.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Nikolaj Malnac, chairman of Battle Heritage GB, knight Gwilym Rees and British team captain Mark Taylor.

Andy Dickenson reports.

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BGT: Behind the scene of the new series

It's the talent show that never fails to impress with its variety. ITV's Britain's Got Talent returns to our screens later this weekend - and will feature auditionees from all over our region.

New dad Simon Cowell, who's from Sussex is back on the panel, as is Chipping Norton's Amanda Holden - Divya Kohli had a chat with the judges, and got to meet some of the talent hoping to impress.

Dinosaurs caught roaming in Brighton park!

Prehistoric monsters have been found roaming Pavilion Gardens in Brighton.

This frightening specimen and its smaller, and rather cuter, counterpart are both puppets controlled by a group of Australian artists.

When they're not scaring tourists they'll be performing as part of Dinosaur Zoo across our region. Lead zoo keeper Lindsay Chaplin explains.

Celebrating 40 years since Abba won the Eurovision in Brighton

It was 40 years ago tomorrow that ABBA won Eurovision at Brighton and today preparations are underway for events to mark the anniversary in the city and in Stockholm from where the band are from.

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Preparations are underway for celebrations in Stockholm tomorrow Credit: ITV Meridian

At The Dome in Brighton there will be a special event and elsewhere parties.

In Stockholm large crowds will gather at the ABBA museum to sing Waterloo - the winning song - and other hits.

ABBA recorded 90 songs and sold almost 400 million records becoming one of the most successful bands of all time.

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Dynasty star Kate O'Mara dies at 74

Kate O'Mara Credit: PA

Former Dynasty star Kate O'Mara has died in a Sussex nursing home at the age of 74.

The British actress was best known for her role as sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby in the US soap.

She also had prominent roles in the '80s series Howards' Way and Triangle, and in Doctor Who.

In royal company in 2012 Credit: PA

Her agent Phil Belfield said she died in a Sussex nursing home following a short illness.

He praised her "energy and vitality" and her "love for theatre and acting".

"A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her."

With Morecambe and Wise in 1974 Credit: PA

Water park reopens after chemical leak repaired

The owners of Splashdown Waterparks at the Tower Park leisure complex in Poole have issued a statement about the evacuation of the site on Saturday 29th March.

The firm said the decision to evacuate the building and the rest of the Tower Park site was taken as a precaution, in the interests of public safety. The building was checked by Dorset Fire & Rescue Service and staff. Splashdown is open today.

The area surrounding the building was evacuated following reports of a suspected chemical spill. The company has said the decision to evacuate was made after the discovery of a malfunction of the dosing injector in a plant room upstairs.

No one was affected apart from the disruption and inconvenience, for which we apologise. All pools have chemical dosing machinery and if there is any suggestion that there is a problem then we take it very seriously;an alarm triggered and in the circumstances it was better to be safe and get it checked out properly in connection with the emergency services.

A small leak was detected and appropriate action taken to clear it up and repair the equipment. Following the repair and testing of the equipment I am pleased to be able to say that we will be open as normal again tomorrow (Sunday 30th March 2014).”

“We would like to express our thanks to all our staff who acted promptly and efficiently to evacuate the buildings and to Tower Park management team and other on-site businesses and their staff for their help in looking after our customers.”

– Jackie Richmond, Splashdown co-owner
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