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Impromptu ballet performance surprises shoppers

Dancers from Northern ballet performed dances from A Midsummer Night's Dream Credit: Northern Ballet

Ballet dancers surprised shoppers in Southampton city centre as they broke into dance in the middle of the street.

Dancers from Northern Ballet celebrated Shakespeare's birthday by performing a dance adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Choreographer David Nixon OBE said: “My version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about young dancers and the passions and tribulations that a young touring company get themselves entangled in. It was really important to me to bring the romantic elements out of this much-loved story."

Northern Ballet are bringing A Midsummer Night's Dream to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre at the end of May.

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Cases of Scarlet Fever soar across the South

It's an illness we associate with times gone by, not modern day, but Scarlet Fever has made a comeback. The highly contageous infection mainly affects children under 10 and sees them covered in a distinctive red rash.

Each year there's, on average, around 1,800 cases of scarlet fever nationally, this year there's been over 7,000 cases, and in the South alone there's already been more than 1,200 cases.

At the start of a new school term parents are being warned to look out for the symptoms. Andrew Pate has been to meet two-year-old, Sienna, who has recently suffered with the infection.

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Shakes on a plane! Gravity-defying Shakespeare show

Shakespeare has been told a million times across the world, but this performance was unlike any other.

It was performed 37,000ft in the sky and set a new Guinness World Record.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company worked with easyJet to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth today.

The play lasted an hour and is part of an easyJet campaign to make the 23rd April national William Shakespeare Day.

Paul Moore, Communications Director for easyJet, said: "We hope to set a new Guinness World Record in the process for the highest ever theatrical performance as well as providing a highly entertaining show for passengers."

Last time troops will march through Emsworth

Troops marched through Emsworth as part of St George celebrations Credit: Army

Soldiers from 47th Regiment Royal Artillery have marched through the Hampshire town of Emsworth for the last time as they are due to move to Wiltshire.

More than 100 troops turned out for the military parade alongside children from Thorney Island Primary School and veterans from the surrounding area.

The Honorary General presents veterans with the Emsworth Rose Credit: Army

The parade started by the Lord Raglan pub and proceeded to the towns' square where Battery readings took place.

Veterans were then presented Emsworth Roses by the Honorary Colonel, Major General R P M Weighill CBE.

People gathered at windows overlooking the town's celebratory parade Credit: Army

The soldiers were accompanied in their march by the Band of the Rifles who also marched through Emsworth town centre.

The Emsworth roses were presented to veterans Credit: Army
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