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Minehead Summer Festival cancelled

The Red Arrows won't be coming to Minehead this year following the announcement that the town's summer festival has suddenly been called off. Butlin's, who organise the long-running event, say it's because of new legislation introduced after the Shoreham air crash. More than 12,000 people attended the 2015 event last August.

Red Arrows display Credit: ITV West Country

It’s not a decision we have taken lightly, nor is it one that we like having to make, However, having assessed the new rules and taken everything into account, we felt we had no option. We understand that people will be disappointed but hopefully they will understand safety has to be our first consideration.

– Julian Highfield, Resort Director

The team at Butlin’s and the Minehead Events Group are currently looking at options to replace the event, and say they will make an announcement if and when they have any news. It is more sad news for Minehead which has already lost out on the Real Ale Festival held at the Railway Station for this summer.

EDF will 'not give up on Hinkley C'

EDF boss Vincent de Rivaz speaking to the Government's Energy and Climate Change Committee Credit: PA

The chief exec of French energy giant EDF is confident that the new nuclear plant in Somerset will be built, despite fresh delays.

The final investment decision on the £18 billion project at Hinkley Point has again been put back - waiting on a 60 day consultation with the company's workers.

Vincent de Rivaz, speaking to MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee, insisted the project was not on hold, and "everything was set" for power to be generated by 2025.

Mr de Rivaz added that EDF was not going to "give up" on Hinkley, although he realised people were worried.

An image of what the new nuclear power station will look like Credit: EDF Energy
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