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Saints fans head off to Wembley for League Cup Final

There was an exciting atmosphere at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton this morning, as scores of fans gathered to wait for one of the sixty-four coaches which are carrying them to Wembley Stadium in London. The Saints are playing Manchester United today in the EFL Cup Final.

64 coaches of Southampton Football Club fans are heading to Wembley
There was a brass band to see them off

There were warnings advising fans to check before they travel. South West Trains issued advice, and extra trains have been put on. The roads are also expected to be busy this afternoon with a Six Nations Rugby tournament match happening at Twickenham this afternoon too.

Fans dressed up to help with the cheerleading and party atmosphere
The flags and banners are out


Southampton FC face Manchester United at Wembley in EFL Cup Final - check before you travel!

Football fans from Southampton will be on their way to Wembley tomorrow to see the Saints take on Man U. The sides are in a face-off for the final of the English Football League Cup. Kick-off is at 4.30pm on Sunday 26th February.

The trains from Southampton are expected to be extra busy as fans head to see their sides in competition. The rail network is also expecting higher customer numbers than usual especially at Clapham Junction, as people change for overground services to Wembley; and also at London Waterloo as people switch to underground services to Wembley.

South West trains are putting on additional trains for travellers:

From Southampton Central to London Waterloo at 10.50am and at 11.50am.

In the evening for the return journeys, there are also two additional trains from London Waterloo to Southampton Central at 8.50pm and 9.50pm.

However, there are warnings for people to check for engineering works along the route if they are attending the Cup Final. There are planned engineering works in the Bournemouth areawith buses replacing trains between Poole, Bournemouth and Southampton Airport Parkway.

There are also engineering works on the London overground, meaning no services between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction.

There are no direct Southern services between Clapham Junction and Wembley Central.

The rail network is also expected to be busy because of the Six Nations rugby tournament at Twickenham. Rugby fans will be heading to the ground for the England v Italy match which kicks off at 3pm on Sunday.

Winchester Pride parade marks annual event

Dozens of people have joined a march in Winchester as part of the city's gay pride event. The annual gathering celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Tonight a party will be held at the Guild Hall.

We spoke to some of the people taking part in the celebrations, and one of the organisers - Sarah Collins from Hampshire Pride.

More than 30 firefighters tackle fire at block of flats

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service say they were called to a fire at a block of flats at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth just after midday.

More than 30 firefighters are at the scene. There have been no reports of any injuries. The fire started in a kitchen on the fourth floor.

The video is from @Hamblepoint

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