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Electro Velvet thank fans for support after dismal result

Electro Velvet failed to shine finishing with just 5 points Credit: PA

Electro Velvet was the UK's worst performing Eurovision entry for twelve years but today thanked fans.

Earlier Bianca Nicholas had told ITV Meridian how she had been supported by local people from all over Kent.

Electro Velvet said in a statement:

"Obviously it is disappointing to finish on the right hand side of the board but we have had the most amazing, brilliant, unforgettable time being part of this unique competition in this special year.

"We put our hearts and souls into representing our country and would like to thank everyone back at home and around the world that got behind us, it really means a lot and of course we also want to congratulate Sweden and Mans Zelmerlow on their well-deserved victory."

– Electro Velvet

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Kent singer lights up but fails to shine in Eurovision

Bianca Nicholas and Alex Larke as Electro Velvet Credit: PA

It was a mixed night for the region at Eurovision last night in Vienna. Kent singer Bianca Nicholas, was one half of our entry Electro Velvet, only managed 5 points coming 24th out of 27 countries. It was among our worst ever results.

The Norwegian entry.....from Shoreham Credit: PA

Meanwhile the Norway entry who is known as Morland and comes from Shoreham in Sussex did much better and was in 8th place.

The victorious Swedish performance Credit: PA

The winner was Sweden who will host the contest next year. The Eurovision Song Contest is the biggest singing contest in the world with 200 million viewers.

Welcoming in the Watercress

A town in Hampshire was a sea of green today - as the twelfth annual Watercress Festival was held. The event at Alresford is famous for its street parade. Morris dancers joined the Watercress King and Queen to distribute the first of the season's watercress harvest. Our reporter Andrew Pate was there too.

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First performance for Brighton's new Open Air Theatre

The first performance at the new Brighton Open Air Theatre is taking place today in Sussex.

The grass stage carved out of a former bowling green was the brainchild of local playwright Adrian Bunting. Sadly he died of cancer two years ago before his dream could be fulfilled, but his friends and the local community got together to make sure his idea came to fruition. Andy Dickenson reports.

Adrian Bunting hoped the 'Brighton Open Air Theatre' would become his legacy Credit: Brighton Open Air Theatre

Theatre lover's legacy is a stage fit for star-crossed lovers

Tonight marks the opening performance of Brighton's new Open Air Theatre as star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet take to its grass stage.

The amphitheatre carved out of a former bowling green was the brainchild of local playwright Adrian Bunting. But as Andy Dickenson reports, he didn't live to see his dream, and it was left to his friends and supporters to continue his vision.

Andy speaks to B.O.A.T Trustee James Payne and actors Tom Kanji and Hanna McPake of the Globe Theatre on Tour.

Puppets in churches, dancers in tree houses, acrobats in tents - new highs for the Brighton Fringe

How would you like your home to be transformed into a theatre, or your church turned into a puppet show?

These are just two of the ways producers are putting on acts at this year's Brighton Fringe - the Festival's little brother that's growing even bigger.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Lisa Peck, director of House, Julian Caddy, managing director of the Brighton Fringe, Julie Everton, co-writer of The Bombing of the Grand Hotel, and Chris Cresswell, director of Lost in Transit.

Just where do you begin? Brighton Festival celebrates 49th year

It's back! The largest arts celebration in the whole of England returns to the south coast this weekend with the 49th Brighton Festival.

The action kicks off on Saturday with the famous children's parade winding through the city's streets, but when the streamers settle what gems are left in store to watch, listen, laugh and gasp at?

Andy Dickenson's been finding out and speaks to Roundabout actors Sian Reese-Williams and Abdul Salis, chief executive of the festival Andrew Comben, and Tim Humphrey of Guage.

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