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Childhood strikes back: Dorset Star Wars set sells for thousands

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Adults turned into children in Dorset today as they bought a huge collection of toys, paying hundreds of pounds for some of them.

The vast set of Star Wars figures was built up by a local man, and thanks to the internet, bidding came from around the world.

Bobba Fett alone went for more than £460.

Duncan Sleightholme has been rediscovering his youth with Mr Fett.


Star Wars collection could be worth tens of thousands

The collection could sell for tens of thousands. Credit: ITV News

A collection of Star Wars toys could sell for £50,000 in Dorset today.

Dukes Auctioneers are holding a special sale for a local man's collection, and interest is expected from around the world.

Items include some of the most sought after action figures, which could go for hundreds of pounds. The fan's entire collection is being sold.

He's taking quite a brave move to sell, because lots of of people collect, but actually putting it to the market and testing your judgement to see how well you've done, that's quite a difficult step.

So he's taken a brave step and he's decided that, with a new film coming out this year, he's decided to meet the market.

Why did he collect it? He fell in love with it.

– Matthew Denney, Auctioneer

Baa-rilliant new Shaun sculptures hit Bristol

Fab-ewe-lous was designed by Bristol artist Carys Ink. Credit: ITV News
Bee-dazzled was designed by Sunny Warrington. Credit: ITV News

There's still a few weeks to go until Aardman's Shaun in the City trail hits Bristol, but two of the Shaun sculptures have now arrived in the city.

Fab-ewe-lous and Bee-dazzled will be based at the Mall in Cribbs Causeway until the end of August, when they'll be auctioned off to help raise money for the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Fab-ewe-lous and Bee-dazzled are at the Mall in Cribbs Causeway for all to baa-preciate until the end of August. Credit: ITV News

Watch the reaction to the colourful pair below:

Always clean your plate: pregnant Bristolian can't stop eating soap

Time for dinner! Jess Gayford says she regularly eats both bars and liquid soap. Credit: Klaus Rose/DPA/Press Association Images

A Bristol mum-to-be is becoming an internet sensation with her bizarre pregnancy craving - she says she can't stop eating soap.

26-year-old Jess Gayford is almost eight months pregnant with her second child and regularly eats both bars and liquid soap. She and her partner have been told that the soap won't harm their unborn baby.

Eating non-food substances like soap is a recognised condition called pica.


Water fight makes a splash in Bristol

More wet west than wild west Credit: Mark Dow

A giant water fight has taken place in the centre of Bristol.

Hundreds of people gathered in Millennium Square for the event organised by the Bristol Smile Instigation Collective.

"Water" lot of fun Credit: Mark Dow

Thrill seekers arrived armed with water pistols and balloons - and left... rather wet. Fortunately it was a sunny evening.

Nice weather for a water fight Credit: Mark Dow

Thousands expected for giant water fight in Bristol

More than 3,000 people have signed up to participate. Credit: A3250 Oliver Berg/DPA/Press Association Images

Thousands of Bristolians plan to celebrate the start of summer with a giant water fight in Millennium Square tonight.

The Bristol Smile Instigation Collective plans to decorate the fountains at the square with recycled flowers, before welcoming the more than 3,000 people who have signed up to brandish their water pistols, balloons and gleeful abandon.

The fountain decorating begins at 7pm, with the water fight itself starting at half past.

More details can be found here.

Shaun statues line up in Bristol

Five Shauns line up on the Harbourside in Bristol ahead of their big trail this summer Credit: ITV News

The first five Shaun the Sheep sculptures are on display around Bristol today ahead of the 'Shaun in the City' trail, which begins in July.

70 of the statues will be on show across the city this summer but for now fans have to make do with a preview.

Scores of the sculptures are on display in London - and the trail has been so successful that it has been extended for a further week.

"Bristol Beauty" already has some fans. It is heading to Westbury-on-Trym for the fundraising trail Credit: ITV News
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