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A34 reopens southbound after earlier lorry fire

The A34 in Hampshire has reopened southbound between the A303 Bullington and the M3 near Winchester after an earlier lorry fire.

The fire has been extinguished and fire crews have left the scene.

A34 closed southbound from A303 - diversions in place

The A34 in Hampshire is currently closed southbound between the A303 Bullington and the M3 near Winchester due to a lorry fire.

The fire has been extinguished and fire crews have left the scene.

The road remains closed to allow recovery and to assess the carriageway.

A diversion is in place and drivers should follow the solid triangle symbol.

Motorists should use the A303 east for approximately six miles and join the M3 at junction 8, travel eastbound to junction 7 and go around the roundabout using the fourth exit to re-join the M3 southbound.

Continue along the M3 south to junction 9 for Winchester to complete the diversion.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journey and use alternative routes if possible.

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Freedom of Winchester Parade: The Rifles claim the honour

It's ten years since soldiers based in Winchester last claimed their right to march through the city.

This year the honour was claimed by the Rifles - the Regiment which took over from the Royal Green Jackets in 2007.

Richard Slee reports.

The Rifles march in Freedom of Winchester parade

The Rifles are marching through Winchester in Freedom parade Credit: ITV Meridian

They are Britain's largest infantry regiment and today the Rifles are marching through Winchester Town Centre exercising the right of Freedom of Entry.

It's an ancient privilege and allows a Regiment to parade through the City with 'Full Ceremonial'.

A ceremony is taking place at Winchester Cathedral Credit: ITV Meridian

The Freedom Parade celebrates The Rifles 10th anniversary, and will see around 200 soldiers march from Peninsula Barracks, down the High Street and into Winchester Cathedral where they will pause for the Turning of the Pages Ceremony.

Winchester Hat Fair this weekend

Winchester Hat Fair was founded in 1974 Credit: ITV

Winchester Hat Fair takes place this weekend.

It is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts.

Founded in 1974 by Jonathan Kay, Hat Fair inspires and is inspired by the people, heritage and public spaces within the city of Winchester.

Initially conceived as a busking festival, the event takes its name from the tradition of the audience putting money in the hat at the end of the show.

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