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Swan Upping lessons go on

A cygnet is weighed by school children Credit: ITV Meridian

The annual Swan Upping on the River Thames may have been cancelled for the first time in its 900 year history, but school children are still benefiting from the census.

They have been taking part in a special swan count, to learn about the tradition and the river's wildlife.

The Queen's Swan Maker David Barber gave a talk at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames.

ITV Meridian's camera man Mick Hopley prepares for a close up on cygnets Credit: ITV Meridian

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Warnings after river death

The death of a teenager in the Thames prompted a warning of the dangers of cooling off in rivers as the UK's mini-heatwave continued.

The entire nation was bathed in sunshine as the mercury rose to almost 28C (82F) in places yesterday - bringing hotter temperatures than in popular Greek resorts. Most of the country is expected to bask in sunshine again today with similar temperatures, although some coastal areas may be cooler.

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