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The stage is set for a weekend of live music

Duran Duran and Craig David are headlining the Common People music festival in Southampton this weekend. Katy B is also appearing. Organisers are holding a simultaneous event in Oxford at the same time.

The stage is set for the Common People festival Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of revellers are expected on Southampton Common as singers take to the stage for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Revellers arrive for festival Credit: ITV Meridian
World's biggest bouncy castle Credit: Common People

The world's biggest bouncy castle will make its debut in Southampton this weekend.

The castle, measuring 23.8 metres long, 20.7 metres wide and standing 12.8 metres tall, will appear at the Common People festival.

It can accommodate 100 people and is filled with 1143 cubic metres of air.


Queen Mary celebrates 80 years since maiden voyage

The RMS Queen Mary is celebrating 80 years to the day since its maiden voyage from Southampton, to Cherbourg and then onto New York in 1936.

RMS Queen Mary was used as a liner from 1936 to 1967 Credit: PA

The cruise ship was built in the UK in the 1930s to carry passengers from Southampton to New York. But when World War II broke out, it became a transport ship for thousands of troops. It was also used as Sir Winston Churchill's headquarters at sea.

Since its shut down in 1967, the ship has been docked in Long Beach, California, where it is used as a museum, hotel and convention centre.

Several celebratory events are scheduled in Long Beach, including an anniversary dinner, a Sir Winston Churchill painting exhibition and a fireworks display.

Organisers say the events will acknowledge the legacy the Queen Mary made during war and non-wartime.

Cruise ship returning after sickness

An outbreak of norovirus is being blamed Credit: ITV

A cruise ship on which hundreds of passengers fell ill is scheduled to return to Southampton today.

An outbreak of norovirus is being blamed for the sickness on board Fred Olsen's Balmoral.

252 of the 919 passengers on board Balmoral have fallen ill since it left the UK on April 16. Specimens collected when the ship docked in Baltimore tested positive for norovirus, according to the US Centres for Disease Control.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines believes the highly contagious gastric illness was brought onto the ship.

Bertrand and Forster named in England squad

Ryan Bertrand in action for Saints Credit: PA
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster is in the squad Credit: Southampton FC

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand and goalkeeper Fraser Forster have been named in the England squad for the pre-UEFA EURO 2016 friendlies.

The duo are included in manager Roy Hodgson’s 26-man party ahead of this summer’s tournament, in France.

England will face three preparation games, against Turkey, Australia and Portugal, with the group being whittled down to 23 players before EURO 2016 kicks-off.


Full report: Fire at Fireworks Factory shop in Southampton

Residents in one part of Southampton woke up to a series of explosions this morning as a major blaze took hold in a fireworks shop in Southampton.

Just after 5am Bitterne Road West was lit up by fireworks which showered one of the busiest routes through the city.

A school and several roads were closed, homes were evacuated and the smoke could be seen for miles - but it's not yet known how the fire at the Fireworks Factory shop started. Andrew Pate reports.

Fireworks fire: Rest centre for residents & water losses

About 10 - 15 neighbouring properties have been evacuated

A rest centre has been set up for 50 - 60 residents who had to leave their homes in Southampton following a fire at a neighbouring fireworks factory in Bitterne Road West. There is a police cordon around the affected area.

The location of the rest centre is the Ascension Centre on Thorold Road. Southampton City Council has said the centre will remain open all day, and perhaps the night if needed.

Southern Water have apologised to people in the area who may have been experiencing water supply losses or poor water pressure. The firm says that Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service are using a large number of hydrants to tackle the blaze. The water company's statement continues:

"... Some customers may also experience discolouration to the water supply, this is due to harmless iron oxide sediment which lays naturally of the inside of the main and has been disturbed due to the demand of water.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused during this incident and would like to thank our customers for their understanding."

– Southern Water

Fireworks fire: Road closures - Itchen Bridge toll lifted

A rude awakening for residents this morning after a fire at a fireworks factory

Several road closures and diversion routes are in place in Southampton after the fire at a fireworks factory in Bitterne this morning.

Road closures and diversions: Bullar Road; Athelstan Road; Macnaughton Road, Maybray King Way; and A3024.

There are long delays on the road network including Portsmouth Road and the Itchen Bridge inbound because of the diverted traffic.

Hampshire Police say the road closures are likely to remain in place throughout the day while the fire service deal with the situation at the factory site in Bitterne Road West.

Southampton City Council have temporarily lifted the toll on the Itchen Bridge until the main route reopens.

Roadworks due to start this morning have been postponed. Extra work is taking place to reconfigure the phasing of traffic signals and lights on other routes in the city to help ease the resulting congestion.

Bitterne Manor Primary School is closed today due to road access restrictions.

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