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Weston-super-Food Festival draws in the crowds

Weston-super-Mare's annual food festival has taken advantage of the unseasonably warm weather today - drawing in crowds to its cookery demos, tasting sessions, and stalls. It celebrates locally-produced food and drink.

Festival-goers at Weston. Credit: ITV News/Laura Makin-Isherwood
The food festival celebrates local drinks as well. Credit: ITV News/Laura Makin-Isherwood
The unseasonably mild weather has helped. Credit: ITV News/Laura Makin-Isherwood

Just nipping out for some lunch and a baby...

April was born while her mother took a lunch break at work Credit: ITV

A nursery worker from Cheltenham had the shock of her life when she found herself giving birth during her lunch break. Hannah Brown was nearly seven months pregnant when she felt her baby arriving.

Baby April was rushed to intensive care where she spent several weeks. But now she's back at home with mum and dad.

April is now back home after several weeks in intensive care. Credit: ITV


70 Hong Kong Gromits go up for auction today

70 giant sculptures of Gromit which have been on display on the streets of Hong Kong are being auctioned today.

The public art trail featuring Aardman's famous animated dog was first seen across Bristol last summer. That auction raised more than £2 million in one night, with one Gromit going for £65,000. UK collectors can bid online.

A selection of the Hong Kong Gromits. Credit: Aardman

Tony Benn film comes to Bristol tonight

A film about the life and times of former Bristol MP Tony Benn is to be shown in the city tonight.

Tony participated extensively in the making of the film, "Will and Testament" which was completed prior to his death in March 2014. This unique autobiographical film will be released at cinemas from 3rd October 2014.

Tonight's screening at City Hall in Bristol is the second of a series of special screenings around the country prior to the main cinema release.

The tour will also visit Chesterfield, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, Oxford and London.

You can watch the trailer here:

Bath Abbey buskers prompt social media backlash

Bath Abbey service abandoned because of loud buskers

The choral service of Evensong in Bath Abbey was abandoned yesterday because clergy said they could no longer compete with the noise of buskers outside the building. Rector Edward Mason halted Evensong mid-service, asking choir and congregation to leave.

A busker with amplified voice and guitar played and sung in the square before and during the Evensong service outside the Roman Baths adjacent to the Abbey. It is the first time that the noise of buskers outside has led to the abandonment of the centuries old tradition.

Bath Abbey Credit: PA

I feel like weeping for a city ruined by the clamour of music and weeping for an Abbey that has had a superb ministry of peace, healing and quiet for hundreds of years and which is being subject to the violence of noise.

– Rector Edward Mason, speaking to Classic FM


Charity diamond hunt is hailed a big success

Anna Mason from Maggie's with Alex Rose from Beards Credit: ITV News West Country

Cheltenham's great diamond hunt has finished with all ten gems successfully found by eager competitors for the charity event. A total of £10,000 worth of diamonds were hidden across the spa town by luxury jeweller Beards to help raise money for local cancer charity Maggie's Cancer Care Centre.

The first diamond was found within 10 minutes of the Diamond Rush kicking off and the last was uncovered at 1.34pm, hidden in the underground car park at The Montpellier Chapter.

One Cheltenham couple, who found the diamond in 131 The Promenade, heightened the emotion of the day with a marriage proposal. Builder Scott Thompson, 27, got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson, 26, to marry him.

“It has been an amazing and rather emotional day which has not only raised a huge amount for Maggie’s but has also changed lives of people taking part. The people who have found the diamonds have been over the moon, and this was simply topped with one of the lucky finders popping the question to his girlfriend.”

– Anna Mason, Maggie's Cancer Care

Cheltenham diamond hunter pops the question

Scott Thompson and Lucienne Simpson have got engaged Credit: ITV News West Country

After three hours of hunting through various locations in Cheltenham, Scott Thompson found a diamond on the bushes at the 131 restaurant. Shortly afterwards he proposed to his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson who gracefully accepted.

The couple have been together for six years and Lucienne says they would never have afforded a diamond ring. The owner of the jewellers who donated the gems was so touched he has agreed to pay for the diamond to be set in a ring.

Ten diamonds had been hidden around the town with clues being sold to raise money for a local charity, Maggies which supports cancer patients and their families.

Diamond hunt frenzy in Cheltenham

Matt Jeffries and Fay Morehen found the first diamond Credit: Gloucester News Service

Scores of people turned up in Cheltenham this morning to take part in the hunt for ten diamonds hidden around the town.

The charity stunt features ten Cartier gems worth £1,000 each and the first of them was found within six minutes of the event starting.

Delighted insurance worker Matt Jefferies, 23, and his girlfriend Fay Morehen, 28, who works for an accountancy firm, were the lucky finders..

The couple had a hunch that one of the diamonds would be hidden at the iconic Daffodil restaurant, a former art deco cinema in the town, and they were proved right.

"We're thrilled to be the first and to have found it so quickly. We're taking the diamond away with us and we'll talk about what we're going to do with it."

– Fay Morehen

To stand a chance of finding one of the diamonds, treasure hunters had to spend £10 for a limited edition map giving approximate locations of the gems.

The competition raised funds for the Maggies cancer support charity in the town.

Treasure hunt for diamonds in Cheltenham

These ten diamonds have been hidden around Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

A jeweller in Cheltenham is staging a diamond hunt this weekend to raise money for cancer charity Maggies.

Ten genuine diamonds - worth ten thousand pounds in total - have been hidden in obscure spots around the town. Participants can buy maps and clues to track them down, and the winners can have the stones made into their own unique piece of jewellery.

Annie Mason from Maggies Cheltenham says: "We've got some really good locations so we're able to hide them in plain sight. So there's no need to go burying into flower beds or climbing trees or anything like that. But they're done in such a way that you may see them, but not see them."

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