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Ant and Dec 'humbled' by inclusion on Honours list

Ant and Dec are 'thrilled and honoured' by the announcement. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

TV presenters Ant and Dec have shared their excitement at being named on the Queen's Birthday Honours list, and told fans they are 'humbled' by the news.


Mary Poppins: we go behind the scenes

The much loved musical Mary Poppins opened at one of the South's major theatres last week. But just getting the spectacular show on stage every night involves slick precision planning and a huge backstage cast that outnumber the performers at least three to one.

So how does such a complex show including dozens of chimney sweeps, a flying nanny and more than a sprinkling of magic manage to go without a hitch? Christine Alsford went behind the scenes to find out.


'Refugees welcome' at Brighton carnival after anti-immigration protest leads to 12 arrests

Twelve people have been arrested in Brighton in connection with an anti-immigration demonstration in the city. The detentions followed reports of assault and criminal damage.

At the same time, residents of Kemptown prepared instead for their biggest ever carnival - in which they welcomed refugees.

Andy Dickenson speaks to Elaine Ortiz of the Hummingbird Project, Fr Andrew Woodward of St Mary's Church, and Richard Williams from Sanctuary on Sea.

Autism story transformed for the big screen

A man who's spent his life campaigning for autism awareness is having his story of growing up with the condition transformed for the big screen.

The short film follows Kevin Healey's struggles with bullying, his obsessions, and his family's battle to get a diagnosis.

People from across the UK, many with difficulties and disabilities of their own, have auditioned for a part. Charlotte Cross went to meet them.

One-year delay to Paramount resort planning application

The firm behind plans for a multi-billion pound entertainment resort in North Kent say they won't submit a planning application until 2017.

The resort could become Europe's biggest theme park

London Resort Company Holdings, the developer behind the park, says changes it is making to the masterplan mean it will now hold a further round of public consultation.

The company added that it has completed a further year of environmental surveys and "is making good progress."

We’re delighted we are entering a critical stage in the planning process for the Entertainment Resort. While we had hoped to have submitted an application by now, it is much more important to ensure the evidence base is robust and comprehensive to maximise the prospects of success, which means the preparation time is longer. The funds are in place to take this project through the planning process.

– David Testa, on behalf of London Paramount

The company says the specific challenge is that the process for submitting a planning application involves nearly all of the detail being assembled prior to submission rather than worked on as the scheme is considered.

It added that traffic and transport are the greatest challenges facing the local area.

The resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula could generate millions of pounds for the local economy.

Updated plans for what the park would look like went on public display in 2014.

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