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Michelle Keegan opens Southampton Boat Show 2016

Michelle Keegan sets things off at the 2016 Southampton Boat Show

The actress and former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan has opened proceedings at this year's Southampton Boat Show in Hampshire.

'Speech, speech' Michelle Keegan says a few words to mark boat show launch

“I am thrilled to be opening the Southampton Boat Show this year. As an avid fan of all types of activity on the water, I’m really excited to spend some time at the Show, soaking up the atmosphere and experiencing some of the brilliant attractions on offer.”

– Michelle Keegan, Actress

"We’re delighted to welcome Michelle to the Show this year. As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is a much-loved event and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar.

"The Show attracts visitors from those new to boating to avid sailors as well as a host of famous names, and we’re thrilled that Michelle will be joining us to help open the Show.”

– Murray Ellis, British Marine Boat Shows Managing Director

Apologies and promises from i360 chairman as tourist attraction re-opens

The designer of the south coast's newest and tallest visitor attraction said the i360 was back in business today - and promised no repetition of what he called 'the teething troubles' of the past week.

David Marks admitted the problems, which saw hundreds of people trapped in the observation tower, were unfortunate and apologised to customers whose trips had to be cancelled. Andy Dickenson reports.


Go 'into the eyes of animals' at Brighton Digital Festival virtual reality lab

A 'virtual reality lab' has been set up as part of Brighton's Digital Festival.

From Friday visitors to the city's Old Market venue will be able to experience more than 15 different immersive worlds, including one that lets users view 'through the eyes of animals' - as Robin McNicholas explains.

The largest of its kind in the country, the Digital Festival runs until the end of the month.

Music fans say Bestival is best of all

Thousands of music fans are attending Bestival Credit: ITV

Forty thousand people are attending Bestival on the Isle of Wight this weekend.

Bestival is located on The Robin Country park site, and festival-goers are being encouraged to keep the site as clean as possible by recycling what they can.

The festival opened on Thursday 8th September and there will be music from The Cure, Fatboy Slim and Bastille over the weekend.

Fans will have to leave the site by 2pm on Monday 12th September when the clean-up will begin.


Mr Men collector has 4,000 items

Everyone has a favourite 'Mr Men' or 'Little Miss' character - who they can relate to. It could be 'Mr Grumpy' - or 'little miss Chatterbox' !

One young man from Eastbourne loves the children's classic books so much, you could call him Mr Infatuated.

Ben Daly, 24, has been collecting 'Mr Men' memorabilia for the last two decades. He now wants to open a mini theme park and museum to display his 4,000 items. Our own, 'Little Miss Inquisitive' Charlotte Wilkins, has been to met him.

Sussex inventor's tiny revolution 'could save rock stars' ears'

They're a small firm from Sussex that make stadium-filling speakers used by rock legends like Jimmy Page and Jarvis Cocker.

But their latest innovations aren't giant devices designed to destroy your ears - but tiny ones to protect them.


Andy Dickenson explains with the help of Flare inventor Davies Roberts, Roscomac managing director Joseph Martello, and founding member of the Art of Noise, Gary Langan.

Dancers with disabilities prepare for Paralympic festival

Dancers at Surrey Choices Rhythmic Collision Credit: ITV Meridian

The Paralympics get underway in Rio in just over a week's time but before that there will be a huge festival at the Olympic Park in London.

Thousands of people are expected to attend National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival - including a group of dancers with learning disabilities from Surrey, who've been selected to perform at its opening on September 3.

Emma Wilkinson reports:

Emma spoke to MD of Surrey Choices Martin Farrow, and Helen-Louise Lampard from Rhythmic Collision, as well as performers Debbie Taylor and Kerry Sandy.

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