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Reading's Chris Mears receives MBE from Queen

Chris Mears with diving partner Jack Laugher Credit: John Walton/PA

Reading's very own olympic diver, Chris Mears, has been at Buckingham Palace today to receive his MBE from the Queen.

The 24-year-old, and his diving partner Jack Laugher won gold at last summer's games in Rio in the synchronised three metre springboard event.

Mears was given just a 5% chance of survival in 2009 after suffering a ruptured spleen but overcame his illness to become an olympic champion.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 Credit: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA

Seagulls' bosses granted Freedom of the City

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Brighton and Hove Albion fans are still riding high after their club's promotion to the Premier League.

This afternoon the Seagulls' bosses were granted the Freedom of the City at a special ceremony in honour of their remarkable achievement.

As if that wasn't enough, the Seagulls will even feature on a new edition of the board game Monopoly.

As Malcolm Shaw reports.

Malcolm spoke to Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, Chris Hughton and Chairman Tony Bloom, as well as Natasha Rebuck from Winning Moves UK.


Campaigner paddle boards solo across Channel

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The first female to stand up paddle board solo across the English Channel has begun her 24 mile journey.

Lizzie Carr will paddle from Dungeness to Boulogne for nine hours solid.

She's working with Plymouth University to raise awareness of the millions of tonnes of plastic that enters the oceans annually as part of the Plastic Patrol campaign.

She's encouraging the public to get involved with a series of stand up paddle boarding clean-up events at 14 locations in the UK, including Oxford and Bray in Berkshire.

Lizzie's journey can be tracked live here.

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I am nervous about the challenge. I’ve been training hard but crossing will be unpredictable and although you can plan as best possible some things will be out of our hands. It's so important to get the message out there about plastic pollution, and although this will be tough knowing I have so much support and goodwill will really help push me.”

– Lizzie Carr, Environmentalist
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Brighton fans excited tweets ahead of promotion parade

Big day for Brighton: Seagulls celebrate promotion to top flight

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We're up! Players and fans celebrate securing promotion Credit: PA

Brighton and Hove Albion will parade through the city in an open top bus this afternoon, celebrating promotion to the Premier League.

Albion players and coaching staff will travel on the bus from near Brighton Palace Pier to Hove Lawns where they will be presented on a specially built stage.

Starting at 5pm, thebus will take 90 minutes to reach its destination, giving fans along the route plenty of time to cheer on their heroes.

There will also be a number of large video screens showing live footage along with videos from the season.

From the brink of extinction to the Premier League: Watch our report on Brighton's road to promotion.

Fans celebrate clinching promotion Credit: PA
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