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Westbury man achieves dream of standing at his wedding

A man from Westbury has achieved his dream of standing at the alter on his wedding day.

Neil Martin woke up 8 years ago unable to walk because of a rare condition called Myotubular Myopothy.

In fact it is so rare is one of only seven people in the world to have this of a rare type of muscular dystrophy.

However, Neil's dream came true when he was able to stand at the alter with bride Ginny thanks to a fundraising effort which helped fund a special wheelchair.

Neil Martin woke up 8 years ago unable to walk because of a rare condition Credit: Neil Martin

The standing frame manual wheelchair can't be funded on the NHS, so Martin and Ginny set up a crowd funding page to raise the £15,000 needed. And as the pictures show, that target was achieved and Martin's dream became a realty.

Fundraisers helped raise £15,000 to turn Martin's dream into a reality Credit: Neil Martin

Coastguards issue beach safety warning

The Coastguard and BARB Search and Rescue hovercraft has been assisting in the recent call-outs. Credit: BARB Search and Rescue

Coastguards and Search & Rescue teams at Burnham-On-Sea are advising holidaymakers to take care on the local beaches following a number of incidents over the past few days.

The teams were called out to the River Axe estuary on Sunday afternoon, when six boys found themselves in trouble after wading out.

BARB's hovercraft was also called out to aide in two separate rescues on Brean beach. One of a young girl who got into difficulty after going out too far while playing, and the other who had wandered off while collecting shells.

No-one was injured in these cases, but these incidents have prompted the Coastguard to issue the warning.

We're advising that visitors enjoy our beaches safely - be aware of tide times, stay out of the mud, and take note of warning signs, and we'd encourage children to play in those areas where there are lifeguards.

– BARB Operations Manager Mike Lowe


FGR continue vegetarian menu as Q-Pie unveiled

The new Q-Pie is part of Forest Green Rovers' vegetarian menu Credit: Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers hope fans will be queuing up for more than matchday tickets when the new season starts this weekend.

The club, which is runs a vegetarian menu stopped selling red meat some time ago and has now added Quorn as a main ingredient.

Dale Vince (r) says food is a really important issue at the club Credit: ITV News West Country

Food is a really important issue for us – it’s a big environmental and sustainability issue, and it’s a frontier we’ve been exploring for a few years now.

We started by removing red meat from the menu, then going vegetarian, and now we’ve teamed up with Nick from Star Anise Cafe – it’s another big step, bringing better food to football.

The star of the new line-up is the new Q-Pie – it’s handmade in Stroud and Quorn is the magic ingredient; Quorn is great to add to the mix – it’s a healthy alternative to meat, high in protein and fibre, and low in fat.

– Dale Vince, FGR Chairman

Forest Green kick off the new Conference season away at Altrincham this Saturday and will be looking to go one step further this season after losing out in the playoff semi-finals to Bristol Rovers last time out.

Forest Green travel to Altrincham on the opening day of the season Credit: ITV News West Country

Police ask public not to call them about seagulls

Avon & Somerset Police have put out a request on social media for people to stop calling 101 over issues regarding seagulls.

Despite a number of reports this month about seagull incidents increasing, police are asking people to think about the situation before they call.

Threatened butterfly discovered in Wiltshire

White-letter hairstreak caterpillars feed exclusively on the flower buds and leaves of elm trees. Credit: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

The caterpillar of a white-letter hairstreak butterfly has been discovered for the first time at Clouts Wood in Wiltshire, despite being under threat.

A small green larva was spotted by a visitor who was delighted at his discovery of this rare species who have suffered heavy declines, as a result of Dutch Elm Disease.

The butterfly gets its name from the W-shape etched in white on the underside of its hindwing.

Clouts Wood is fortunate to support a number of healthy mature wych elm trees, which provide fantastic habitat for the white-letter hairstreak. Our ongoing management will now focus on protecting and enhancing habitat for this species at the reserve and adjacent Kings Farm Wood.

– Ellie Jones, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Reserves Field Officer


RNLI volunteers warn of the dangers of strong tides

RNLI volunteers in Weston-super-Mare rescue a stranded yacht crew. Credit: Weston super Mare RNLI

This weekend, RNLI volunteers in Weston-super-Mare were needed to rescue several members of the public, who had been caught out by strong tides.

On Saturday, a member of the public reported seeing a small yacht in apparent difficulty out in Weston Bay.

By the time the rescue boat had reached the yacht it had drifted well out to sea but the occupants were unaware of danger they could have been in.

The lifeboat was also launched on Sunday evening when a man, woman and their dog were spotted stranded on the rocks, after being cut off by the tide.

RNLI are urging people to take extra care over the summer holidays, as being cut off by strong tides is very common in the waters of the Bristol Channel.

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