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Upstairs, downstairs - the secret world of the Royal Pavilion revealed

Brighton's Royal Pavilion is one of our region's most famous landmarks, attracting thousands of visitors each year. But now, for the first time, there's a chance to explore a secret tunnel running beneath it.

The tunnel was built so that George IV, who'd grown very fat and unpopular, could visit his riding stables without his subjects seeing him.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to David Beevers, the Keeper of the Pavilion, and tour guides Meg Hogg and Geoff Greenwood.


Man rescued from fire at 17-storey block of flats

More than 60 firefighters were called to deal with the fire in Brighton Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A man has been rescued by firefighters after a fire broke out on the thirteenth floor of a 17-storey building in Brighton.

More than 60 firefighters and ten fire engines were called to Essex Place on Montague Street at 5.15pm yesterday. The whole building was evacuated - and the fire was brought under control by 8pm.

The authorities say everyone has been accounted for - and there are no reports of any injuries. Although the building was under guard by police officers over night for safety reasons.

Fire investigation officers from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are been back at the scene today to determine what caused the blaze.

Ten fire engines and specialist breathing apparatus were deployed to the scene
The fire started on the thirteenth floor

Laurie Anderson to be guest director of Brighton Festival

Laurie Anderson Credit: Tom Oldham

Experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson has been announced as guest director of the 50th Brighton Festival in May.

Renowned for her inventive use of technology, Anderson is one of America's most daring creative pioneers. In roles as varied as artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist and instrumentalist, she has been experimenting, creating and challenging audiences all over the world for almost as long as Brighton Festival has existed.

Anderson takes the helm as Brighton Festival marks its 50th year of commissioning and producing innovative arts and culture by exploring the theme of ‘home and place' across its 2016 programme.


i360 in Brighton sets a new record

The i360 is in the record books Credit: ITV

The latest edition to the Brighton skyline has made it into the record books even before it is open. The British Airways i360 has just been awarded the Guinness World Record for the most slender tower in the world. Its unique construction means that, although iit is 160 metres tall, the tower is just less than four metres wide.

Police hunt armed robbers after attempted robbery at arcade

Credit: Sussex Police

Police in Sussex are investigating an attempted robbery at an amusement arcade in Brighton.

Two men, one with a knife, threatened staff at the Golden Touch amusement arcade on St James's Street on Friday (Feb 12) before leaving empty-handed.

The staff on duty were unhurt but badly shaken.

Although the CCTV does not show the men's faces, we are hoping someone might recognise the clothes they are wearing. They might have seen them before the attempted robbery or leaving the scene afterwards.

– Detective Constable Ed Downes, Sussex Police
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