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Butlins - still a favourite holiday resort in South

From the humble beginnings of a hoopla stall at a travelling fair, to a holiday camp empire, Billy Butlin made his fortune in family entertainment.

His first resort opened 80 years ago and three sites remain here in the UK. Despite the added competition that's come from cheap flights and package holidays, one and a half million people still visit Butlin's every year, as Lauren Hall reports.

Private funeral service for Paul Daniels

Scores of friends and relatives paid their respects at the service Credit: ITV

A private funeral service for late magician Paul Daniels took place today with scores of friends and relatives arriving to pay their respects to the iconic British entertainer.

Shortly after 12:15pm this afternoon, a hearse pulled up outside the Milton Chapel at Chilterns Crematorium in rural Buckinghamshire.

His wife Debbie McGee, cloaked in black, exited a black limousine as the funeral procession made its way into the chapel.

Among the crowds were Mr Daniels' nephews and his three sons Paul, Gary and Martin.

Some familiar faces blessed the Amersham-based crematorium with their presence including comedian Barry Cryer, television presenter Gloria Hunniford - dressed in a striking blue blazer - actress Bonnie Langford and lyricist Don Black whose work has appeared in classic films such as True Grit and The Italian Job.

As the mourners prepared to take their seats, the ivory-white coffin marked with two joker playing cards was carried into the chapel.

The casket was adorned with a beautiful bed of red roses which carried a photograph of Debbie Mcgee on top, with a tribute message reading: "Love you always, Debbie xxx."

At the front of the coffin a silver wand was placed on top of a blue suede pillow in tribute to Mr Daniels' much celebrated profession.


'Commune with the pods' - unique sound experience

Sounds pods provide a 'unique' audio experience

Two giant humming sound pods will be arriving in Reading today to as part of the town's year of culture.

The spheres play calm and soothing music that hums. Visitors to the Broad Street attraction can hug the globes and feel the reverberations.

The people behind the scheme say the spheres play calm and soothing music that hums. The pods will be at Broad Street all day. Visitors to the attraction can hug the globes and feel the reverberations.

Woman communing with a pod


Tributes continue to pour in for Paul Daniels

There have been tributes today to the magician Paul Daniels, who died at his Berkshire home in the early hours of this morning. He was 77.

The television entertainer had lived with his wife, Debbie McGee, in Wargave for many years. He had been diagnosed, in February, with an inoperable brain tumour and had been attending appointments at Reading's Royal Berkshire Hospital.

He was well known in the village and, today, his family thanked everyone for their support. Mel Bloor reports.

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