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Tourists flock for an encounter with a religious masterpiece - in Goring, Sussex

The great works of art can, of course, be found in the likes of Paris, London, New York and Rome...

But in recent times tourists have flocked to a new destination - a small church in Goring, in Sussex, for an encounter with a masterpiece.

It's 25 years since parishioner Gary Bevans completed his recreation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

As Andy Dickenson reports, speaking to Anne Niven, Parish secretary of English Martyrs Church, it now has truly global appeal.

Marriage proposal live on stage

Credit: Regent Centre

The Regent Centre at Christchurch has just had its first ever surprise marriage proposal live on stage! Mark Dolan got down on bended knee just prior to the grand finale of the Gang Show

He proposed to his partner, Beckie Shaylor, in front of the cast of Christchurch Scouts & Guides and their audience of 300 Gang Show fans.

And, of course, she said yes!


Pump up the volume and join the vinyl revival

Are you part of the vinyl revival that's seen sales of records soar to a 25-year high?

The Oxfam Music Shop on East Street in Southampton has been open for 10 years. It was one of the first charity music shops in the country - and is now selling 20,000 vinyl records a year. Another is on Duke Street in Reading.

Bob Crampton has been finding out what vinyl gives you that downloads don't.


Strictly on tour...we catch up with Brendan Cole

For fans of Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan Cole can increase the pulse almost as fast as his quickstep.

And now there's the chance to get even closer to the dancer as he comes to our region on his UK tour.

He's in Canterbury this week, and heads to Dartford later this month.

Emily Knight has been to see him - and she asked if he would like to be to be the new judge on 'Strictly'.

The last of the lions - fears for Maidstone's Chinese New Year celebrations

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and crowds gathered in Maidstone this lunchtime to celebrate it.

However, there are fears this could be the last time its colourful lions will be seen in the town, due to cutbacks.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Chris Perkins from the Maidstone Cultural Group, Mayor Derek Butler and Kalysha Howard-Smith.

Hampshire hopeful sings her way to national finals

13 year old Ciara Parker from Chandlers Ford beat off stiff competition to reach the grand final of Open Mic UK which takes place this weekend.

Over 10,000 unsigned artists entered the contest, all looking to be the next musical superstar.

Previous winners have included Brit Award nominee Birdy.

I can’t wait to get on that stage at the N.E.C. on Saturday. I have been working really hard on my song. Just getting to the finals and being able to sing in front of major names in the music industry is brilliant. Winning would be incredible!

– Ciara Parker
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