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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.

Gloucester's European dream still alive

Jonny May celebrates his stunning try. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Gloucester have kept their European Champions Cup dream alive.

The Cherry and Whites were trailing in their play-off match with Connacht until a last minute try by Billy Meakes took the game into extra time.

Jonny May then scored one of the tries of the season as Gloucester won by 40 points to 32.

They'll now play Bordeaux Begles next weekend.

Read a full match report here.


Search for Beaufort Hunt's best-known horse

Nigel Maidment riding Josh Credit: Family photo

He is Sherston's gentle giant, who stands at nearly 6 foot tall, but last Wednesday Josh the gelding vanished from the field where he was kept.

Nigel Maidment, who is the secretary of the Beaufort Hunt, had ridden Josh for eight years in the countryside of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. He was famous amongst the local hunting community. At 28 years old the horse had been moved to a field in Sherston for a quieter life.

There was no sign of forced entry to the field where Josh was kept.

Wiltshire police say they are investigating the disappearance as a suspected theft.

If anyone has information they are asked to call police on 101 and or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Josh a 28 year old gelding Credit: Family photo

All the post-match reaction from The Rec

Bath are through to their first Premiership Final since 2004 after a stunning 47-10 win over Leicester at The Rec.

After the game we got the thoughts of Head Coach Mike Ford, hat-trick hero Matt Banahan, captain Stuart Hooper, try-scorers Anthony Watson and Peter Stringer, plus some of the capacity crowd:

Watch extended highlights of the game on ITV4 at 9pm tonight.

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