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Thousand of Rovers fans line streets for bus parade

Thousands of Bristol Rovers fans have been lining the streets of Warmley and Kingswood as the team celebrated promotion back into the Football League with an open top bus tour.

Rovers dropped into the Conference for the first time in their history last season, but gained promotion in a penalty shoot out at Wembley.

David Woodland reports:


Thousands celebrate Bristol Rovers' promotion

Bristol Rovers are celebrating their promotion back to the Football League with an open top bus tour.

Thousands of fans lined the route through the east of the city, wearing the team's colours to cheer the players on.

Bristol Rovers players on the bus at the Memorial Stadium. Credit: ITV News West Country
Bristol Rovers fans in Warmley. Credit: ITV News West Country
The bus travels along Kingswood High Street. Credit: ITV News West Country

World famous cheese rolling races set to take place

Competitors in 2013 chased a foam 'cheese' for increased safety. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Thousands of people are expected at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester for the county's annual cheese rolling .

The world famous races, in which competitors chase a large cheese-like object down a very steep slope, is once again unofficial this year. It is discouraged by police and the local council because of crowd safety fears.


Rover's celebrate their promotion with open-top bus tour

Bristol Rovers fans can celebrate being promoted back to the Football League once more when they take to the streets in an open-top bus.

Fans are being encouraged to wear their colours and cheer on the team either along the route, or at the Memorial Stadium.

The route will start at 11.15am, near the old Warmley Station before finishing at the Lawrence Hill Roundabout.

Full details of the route:

  • Start: Deanery Road, near the old Warmley station,
  • Travelling along Kingswood High Street
  • Through St George,
  • Finish: Lawrence Hill Roundabout.
  • Buses will then head to the Memorial Stadium
Bristol Rovers' Lee Mansell scores the winning penalty against Grimsby Town. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

At the stadium speeches will be made and the players will celebrate from the executive boxes. They will then be introduced to the fans, who will be allowed on the pitch.

Lord Mayor Alastair Watson will present the players with their league runners-up medals. The promotion trophy will also be on display.

The club has booked a barbecue, ice cream van and food kiosks, and bars will be open along, with merchandise stalls.

The Championship play-off final will be shown in the bars.

Care home buys beach hut to help successful bidders

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A care home in Weston-super-Mare has bought one of the beach huts planned for the town.

Acer House says the huts will be ideal for its residents, many of whom have dementia. Not only is it a good way for the older people to enjoy the seaside, it's also something of a trip down memory lane.

They were sold at auction last month and the care home was one of the successful bidders.

Swindon's promotion dream is over

Preston North End's Jermaine Beckford scores his third, and his side's four goal against Swindon at Wembley. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Swindon Town's hopes of playing in the Championship next season are over after losing 4-0 to Preston in the play-off final at Wembley.

Jermaine Beckford gave the Lilywhites a 3rd minute lead. Paul Huntington doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.

Beckford curled in his second just before half-time, and completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute.

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