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Fears that Icelandic volcano may erupt

The aviation industry is closely monitoring an Icelandic volcano at risk of eruption because of fears it may cause major disruption.

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New beer created to help Eastbourne Pier traders

A new beer has been created to help traders suffering since a devastating fire destroyed part of Eastbourne Pier.

The Long Man Brewery in East Sussex has teamed up with Eastbourne-based Curious Beer Club to support businesses affected by last month's blaze.

All profits up to #10,000 from the sale of the Craft Pier beer will go into a benevolent fund to help firms get back into business.

"Everyone connected to Eastbourne felt the pain of seeing a fundamental part of our heritage go up in smoke. The Curious Beer Club came to us with an idea and we immediately wanted to help."

– Jamie Simm,The Long Man Brewery, based in Litlington, near Eastbourne

"When we heard about the fire we knew we could do something to help, it was just a matter of finding a progressive local brewer."

– Adam McNaught-Davis, co-founder of the Curious Beer Club

The fire on July 30 left the dome-shaped amusement arcade near the 144-year-old pier's entrance a scorched shell. Everyone escaped unharmed.<

It was initially suspected that an electrical fault could have caused the blaze, but Sussex Police are now treating it as "suspicious". No arrests have been made.

EasyJet 'puts contingency plans in action' over volcano

EasyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action following a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

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EasyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action Credit: PA

"As things stand there are no changes to easyJet's flying programme, including flights to and from Iceland," a spokesperson for the airline said. The budget airline said it is using specialist technology to ensure any ash created by the eruption is detected and chartered.

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Met Office 'in close contact' with Iceland over volcano

The Met Office has been in "close contact" with Iceland's Meterological Office, after it issued a red alert for the country's Bardabunga volcano which began erupting today. A spokeswoman said:

We are in close contact with the Icelandic Met Office, but currently they tell us that the eruptions are sub-glacial, so no ash has made it to the surface.

If ash does make it to the surface, we will run our model which will indicate where any ash would go, and we will inform the CAA and Nats. They will then make the decision on how that will affect any air flights.

– Met Office

East Grinstead's brave WW1 soldier is one of first to be honoured

Crowds of people have gathered to honour a first world war soldier in a Sussex town. Sidney Godley was the first Private to be awarded the Victoria Cross, for his efforts in Belgium. Today, a commemorative paving stone was laid in his honour. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to relative Sue Hill and Communities secretary Eric Pickles.

65 years under the Big Top

Now, have you ever wanted to join the circus? Well, if so, Norman Barrett could probably give you some advice. He's spent practically his entire life under the Big Top. Awarded an MBE in 2010, he is now celebrating his 65th year in the business! Andy Dickenson caught up with the legendary ringmaster in Hove.

Brighton Hippodrome plans called in

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Plans have been unveiled to convert the Hippodrome into a cinema Credit: ITV Meridian

Plans to convert the dilapidated Brighton Hippodrome into a cinema have been called in by the Secretary of State for Local Governement, More than 11,000 people in Brighton and Hove had signed a petition against the proposals - which had been agreed by the city council.

"I had been contacted by many concerned constituents, who want to see this iconic venue preserved for people to enjoy in the future. I immediately raised the issue with Eric Pickles, and I am so pleased at today's news. I will continue to monitor the situation closely."

– Simon Kirby, the Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven

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Victoria Cross hero honoured in East Grinstead today

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Victoria Cross Credit: PA

A paving stone will be laid in East Grinstead this morning in memory of Victoria Cross soldier Sidney Godley.

It's 100 years since Private Godley VC was awarded Britain's highest award for valour for his action in Mons, when he held a bridge against the enemy for two hours despite being wounded, to let his comrades retreat.

Eric Pickles MP and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will lead the official unveiling.

The event will take place at the War Memorial in East Grinstead.

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