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Because they're happy!

From the flight deck - to the parade ground - members of the Royal Marines Band Service have been busy putting together a video showing their fun side. The bandsmen and women, based in Portsmouth, filmed at several locations - including on board HMS Ocean and at Eastney seafront.

The Pharrell Williams' song, Happy, was aimed at raising a smile among colleagues, family and friends. And, seeing as the Band Service are such a musical bunch, usually entertaining the public at big and small events, it seemed only appropriate.

New designs unveiled for Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower

Artists impression Credit: Portsmouth City Council

After weeks of controversy - a new colour scheme has finally been unveiled for Portsmouth's iconic Spinnaker Tower!

It will be painted blue and gold but keep its distinctive white sails. The tower is being sponsored by the airline Emirates from next month in a £3.5 million deal. There was outrage from locals when the original design sported red - the colour of Pompey rivals - Southampton! The new design is said to reflect the city's maritime heritage, as well as Emirates' branding.

Emirates will be the first ever sponsor of the famous Portsmouth landmark, which from July 2015, will be renamed the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.
The new design will see the bottom 50 metres of the tower take on a distinctive blue, with Emirates gold on the legs and back of the tower.

The view from the water Credit: Portsmouth city council

Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of the Portsmouth City Council said: "We have listened to the public and created a new blue, gold and white design that is in keeping with suggestions from residents. This means we can move forward with the partnership with Emirates that will bring in £3.5m to support services for our residents, and gives us a unique opportunity to promote Portsmouth around the world. I want to thank everyone who took the time to send us their suggestions for the design. There were lots of calls for blue because of Portsmouth's association with the colour, something I understand having lived in the city all my life, and there was a lot of support for the inclusion of Emirates' gold in the design. We listened to those residents who told us they love the Spinnaker as it is, which is why the distinctive sail will remain white."


VIDEO: How rogue trader used 'emotional blackmail' to con his victims

A rogue trader from Portsmouth, who made more than £100,000 from carrying out dodgy repairs, has been jailed for three years.

James Saunders, 51, of Cross Street, charged extortionate amounts of money for the building work, targeting the elderly.

Rogue trader James Saunders

In the video below, Steve Ruddy from Trading Standards, tells ITV News Meridian how Saunders would use 'emotional blackmail' to cheat people out of money.

Rogue trader who preyed on the elderly jailed

A rogue trader who made more than £100,000 by conning elderly people has been jailed for three years.

James Saunders, 51, previously of Blacksmith Lane, Chilworth, charged extortionate amounts of money for dodgy repairs, even driving some victims to the bank to ensure he got his payment.

Rogue trader James Saunders

He made money out of nine victims in total, using fake sob stories to get sympathy, making £104,000 altogether.

Saunders, who now lives in Cross Street, Portsmouth, even cheated an 89-year-old war veteran out of more than £40,000.

In the video below, one of his victims describes how Saunders 'got under her skin' to con money out of her.

He used the money to fund his lavish lifestyle, including top-of-the-range cars, a luxury home and designer clothes.

He pleaded guilty to one count of participating in a fraudulent business over a six-year period taking account of 12 incidents. He admitted overcharging nine victims £117,612.50, of which he actually received £104,837.50. He also pleaded guilty to one count of laundering these proceeds.

He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday 12 June.

'This sentence sends a powerful message that rogue traders who charge exorbitant sums for poor quality work or no work at all will be tracked down by our trading standards teams and brought to justice.'

– Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council

For advice on issues involving rogue traders contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506

Three of world's tallest yacht rigs moved onto barges in Portsmouth

It's a world first, in Portsmouth.

The tallest masts for a yacht ever built anywhere have just been completed. They are 100 metres - or 328 feet high.

It's a sign that here in the south we are world class when it comes to marine technology.

The money of the billionaire superyacht owners is being spent here. But the identity of this billionaire is top secret not even Sally Simmonds could find out.

Part 3: Remembering Britannia - "To the Queen & absent friends"

The Royal Yacht Britannia was taken out of service almost 20 years ago

The eleventh of December 1997 is a day that everyone who has ever served on the Royal Yacht Britannia remembers.

It was the day Britannia was decommissioned at an emotional ceremony attended by Her Majesty The Queen and most of the other members of the Royal family.

For the crew it meant the end of a unique way of life. Richard Jones has the last of our special reports from their annual reunion.

The other two parts of our special series about the Royal Yacht Britannia:

Part 1: Back to work for former crew of Royal Yacht Britannia

Part 2: Life below decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia


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