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Icons for Brighton Pride

Pride festival Credit: Press Association

Brighton Pride have announced the theme for this years spectacular celebrations in Preston Park for Saturday 3rd August.

Gay Icons is the theme for 2013 placing emphasis on the vast array of Iconic LGBT campaigners an celebrities that have shaped LGBT culture and equality.

Expect to see a deluge of Gagas, Monroes, Madonnas, and Freddie Mercurys. Other important Icons will be Oscar Wilde and Quentin Crisp. “There are so many important and influential people for us to celebrate as a community" says Paul Kemp of Brighton Pride.


Thousands attend Hops and Harvest Festival in Kent

Thousands of people have been attending the Hops and Harvest Festival in Kent. It's all taking place at the Museum of Kent Life near Maidstone and is a chance for the younger generation to learn about what was once the county's most important industry.

In Victorian times 250,000 people worked on the hops during the four to six week season. Archive pictures in this report are from 'Hop Pickers Holiday' courtesy of Heathwood Studios.

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Air festival hailed a success

Bournemouth’s fifth Air Festival has been declared a triumph, with an estimated 964,000 festival goers across the four days.

More than 125,000 visitors and residents packed Bournemouth beach on launch day Thursday, greeting the arrival of the Red Arrows.

Another 180,000 arrived on Friday and with temperatures soaring on Saturday, crowds of more than 370,000 people thronged onto the beach, followed by 171,700 on Sunday.


Food lovers head to Oxfordshire for Jamie's Big Feastival

Featival in Oxfordshire Credit: Heather Edwards

Hundreds of food and music lovers are heading to a rock stars farm this weekend for Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival.

The chef is providing cooking demonstrations, at Alex James' farm near Chipping Norton.

The Blur band member is hosting the event which will also see music from Texas and Paloma Faith.

Festivalgoers to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Independence

Ready for Reggae - the site at Hop Farm, Paddock Wood Credit: Andrea Thomas

Hundreds of Reggae lovers are heading to the One Love Festival in Kent this weekend, to celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Independence.

For the first time, the event, which has been running at other sites for 5 years, is going to be held at Hop Farm in Paddock Wood.

Two years ago, Julian Marley, the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley played at the festival and this year it's part funded by a coffee company which is run by another of Bob Marley's sons Rohan.

The original One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22nd, 1978, at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties - the Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party.

The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers’ performance of “Jammin”, when Marley joined the hands of the two political rivals and appealed for unity.

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