Getaway relief as ports strike called off

A strike at French ports that would have severely disrupted ferry services at Dover has been called off as the great Easter getaway begins.

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Drivers delayed for hours outside port of Dover

The roads have been busy today as families continue their Easter getaway. Congestion on the motorways and traffic delays of more than two hours meant that ferries from Dover were delayed. There's also been disruption at the Channel Tunnel.

Eurostar trains are now returning to normal following a fatality yesterday near Lille, in Northern France.

"Churches providing hope as well as food to those in need"

The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised local churches for working together to help people who need to use food banks. The Most Reverend Justin Welby was speaking after the annual Good Friday Procession of Witness in Dover this morning.

He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.

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Archbishop of Canterbury bears the Easter cross

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby carries the Easter cross through Dover Credit: Press Association

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has led the Procession of Witness through Dover. He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.

Easter Passion Play features a diverse cast from Poole

The Easter story is being played out in dramatic style in Poole.

The town's Passion Play has become hugely popular and features a diverse cast, drawn from across the community.

Amateur and professional actors are performing alongside people who have been homeless or recovered from addiction.

We spoke to Sharon Muiuri, the artistic director.

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Animals at Oxford park celebrate Easter

Meerkats investigate their Easter surprises Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Animals at an Oxford wildlife park have been spoilt today as part of their Easter celebrations.

Keepers at Cotswold Wildlife Park have treated the animals with their own versions of Easter eggs that include animal enrichment.

Stephen the one-year-old Humboldt penguin pecks at the egg Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Chris Kibbey, Section Head of Primates at Cotswold Wildlife Park, said: “Who doesn't love Easter? Chicks, Lambs, nice weather and of course Easter eggs. This Easter week seemed the ideal time to give our group of Meerkats some decorated eggs as enrichment.

"The Ostrich eggs have mealworms inside and the Chicken eggs are hard boiled. By rolling the eggs around, the Meerkats need to work hard to receive their reward. This keeps them busy and helps stimulate them.”

Kerima, a ground Cuscus, inspects his Easter egg Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park
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