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Chippenham coach firm goes bust with loss of 90 jobs

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Wiltshire travel firm Hatts is in administration threatening the holiday plans of 1,000 customers Credit: Hatts Travel

Wiltshire coach firm Hatts has gone into administration with the immediate loss of 89 jobs and threatening the plans of 1,000 members of public who have made bookings affected.

A Park and Ride bus service Hatts operates in Salisbury will continue to operate safeguarding 32 jobs.

The firm has offices and depots in Foxham near Chippenham, Worton near Devizes and Salisbury.

Helpline number for those people who are affected:0800 4704633


45,000 expected to jet off from Bristol

Up to two million Brits are expected to fly abroad this weekend despite temperatures in the UK remaining high.

Spain is the number one destination in Europe according to travel organisation Abta. Bristol Airport estimates 45,000 will take off from there this weekend.

However the current hot weather has boosted the numbers of people taking last-minute trips in the UK. Businesses in Somerset are hoping the weather helps to attract more people to the region, which is still struggling following the winter flood with some companies seeing a 25% reduction in bookings.

Busy travel period as school holidays begin

Children playing in the sea at Weston
Thousands are expected to head on holiday following the start of the school holidays Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

We're being warned to expect one of the busiest weekends of the year on the region's roads, as the school summer holidays begin.

Industry leaders say they've seen a drop in bookings for this season over the last couple of months compared to previous years. Some businesses say trade is down a quarter. But they're hoping sunny summer weather will help boost takings.

Cemetery prepares for garden party

The historic cemetery contains a number of listed buildings and monuments
The historic cemetery contains a number of listed buildings and monuments Credit: ITV News West Country

The Arnos Vale cemetery in Bristol is being prepared for a garden party to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the first burial at the site on Sunday.

The cemetery are also launching a project that tells the story of the fight to save the cemetery from development in 1998. The Oral History Project will also feature locals' memories of the site.

30,000 expected for air acrobatics show

Yeovilton Air Day, one of Somerset's largest one-day events, opens its gates tomorrow.

30 thousand people are expected at the Royal Naval Air Station. Military aerobatic teams from all over the world will be taking part. As well as an air display, there'll be a funfair, bands and a classic car show.

Neil Thompson, air display director, tells us more:


Plans to rebuild fire station in Bristol

The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters.
The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters. Credit: ITV News West Country

There are plans to rebuild Temple Fire Station in Bristol. It's part of the Fire Service's 'Investing in the Future' programme, which was launched in January. The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters.

If the plans go through it will free up part of the Temple Back plot for redevelopment.

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