ITV Meridian seeks a local hero

This year ITV Meridian is joining forces with the Daily Mirror to find the individual you think deserves to be crowned our Local Hero 2013.


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Good fun at Goodwood: Prince Harry enjoys a day of motor racing in Sussex

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The need for speed: Prince Harry at Goodwood Credit: PA Wire

Prince Harry has been meeting injured servicemen and women today who have benefited from a charity set up to help them rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit.

The Prince is patron of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and has been at its track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit, West Sussex, to speak to soldiers supported by the Endeavour Fund.

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A wink and a smile for all the action at Goodwood Credit: PA Wire

The Fund, which was created by the Prince and the Foundation in 2011, plays an important role in ensuring that more wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.

So far, The Endeavour Fund has supported more than 300 men and women via projects including the Walking With The Wounded trek to the South Pole, Race2Recovery, Walk On Wales, Flying For Freedom and a Fastnet Race team.

Harry spent the morning racing classic cars and smiled as he sped around in a 1964 two-series blue Aston Martin DB4, a black Lamborghini, a silver Aston Martin and a red Jaguar, a prototype F-type Coupe R.

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Prince Harry enjoys the fun of Goodwood Credit: PA Wire

Captain Mark Jenkins was part of a team of four who took part in Row2Recovery, sailing from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

The 34-year-old, who is part of the Royal Army Medical Corp, was joined by amputees, soldiers Cayle Royce and Scott Blaney, and fellow serviceman James Kayll.

He said the project would not have been possible without a £30,000 grant from The Endeavour Fund.

He said: "It's the best thing you have ever done, the hardest thing you have ever done, the worst thing you have ever done, all in one experience. It's hard to mentally and physically motivate yourself to keep going."

David Wiseman, who was a captain in the Yorkshire Regiment, joined The Endeavour Fund last year after taking part in challenges for Walking With The Wounded.

The 31-year-old, who was shot in the chest in Afghanistan, climbed Manaslu, in Nepal, the eighth highest mountain in the world, in 2011, and attempted Everest in 2012.

He said he joined the fund because he knew the power challenges like this could harness in people who have been injured.

RAF Corporal Alan Robinson, 35, who is involved with Flying For Freedom, spoke to the Prince about how the fund has helped to train servicemen to become microlight pilots.

His aim is to fly a microlight to the Antarctic, he said.

Duke visits Sussex to learn about on the job training

The Duke of York, has visited Sussex today to see first hand the results of vocational training. Prince Andrew spent time with a charity that is transforming the lives of unemployed teenagers. WorkingRite helps provide hands on training to prepare people for work.

The Duke has been an ambassador for British business around the world for several years. He also champions training schemes that equip young people with modern business skills. Andrea Thomas reports.


The search for Alfred

Experts believe a bone found at Hyde Abbey in Winchester - may belong to Alfred the Great. Or his son Edward the Elder. They're now looking into further excavation and possible D.N.A. testing. Andrew Pate spoke to the University's Dr Katie Tucker and Winchester M.P. Steve Brine.

Christmas with the Royal grandparents for Berkshire's Prince

It was a full house at Sandringham as four generations gathered for the festivities on the Norfolk estate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed as they made the journey to St Mary Magdalene Church on foot holding hands.

But there was no sign of Prince George as temperatures stayed just above freezing.

Wearing a tartan Alexander McQueen coat and a hat by Gina Foster, Kate smiled and waved to the crowds.

As she left the service, she stopped to chat to Cicely Howard, 75, from Great Yarmouth, who asked about the baby.

"She told me he was having a lovely day but was more interested in the wrapping paper than the presents,"

– Ms Howard, Royal watcher

Windsor Castle exhibition shows the Royal home in a new light

The Henry VIII Gateway from Castle Hill, c.1760 Credit: Her Majesty The Queen 2013

Created from the 1760s to the 1790s, they provide a fascinating insight into life at Windsor during the reign of George III. The drawings will be displayed alongside a number of early guidebooks, showing what visitors to Windsor would have experienced some 250 years ago.

Windsor Castle: Henry VIII Gateway, c.1780 Credit: Her Majesty The Queen 2013

'Capturing the Castle: Watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby' - The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle, runs from 7th February to 5th May 2014.



Queen leads Royals in Remembrance tributes

The Queen has led the tributes to members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts during a national services of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.

The Queen laid the first wreath at the service.

She laid the first wreath before other members of the Royal Family including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry followed suit.

The Duke of Edinburgh attended the service.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who joined the Royal Navy in 1939, wore the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet for the ceremony.

Prince Harry pictured at the Centotaph.

Prince Harry, who has undertaken two tours of duty in Afghanistan, wore the uniform of Captain, Household Cavalry with the Army Air Corps beret.

The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath in a tribute to fallen service personnel.

The Duke of Cambridge, who left operational service recently after more than seven years in the forces wore the uniform of Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant.

The Duchess of Cambridge observing the two-minute silence.

The Duchess of Cambridge was also in attendance at the service, watching from a nearby balcony.

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