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Longleat to switch on its 7,000 Christmas lanterns

The lanterns which will light up Longleat this evening are based on traditional Chinese designs Credit: Longleat

Longleat's less traditional Christmas light display will be switched on this evening.

The festival of light is Europe's biggest ever display of giant Chinese lanterns - with around seven thousand individual lights.

A team of a hundred craftsmen from the region of China famous for lantern festivals have created the structures.

15 kilometres of silk and 30 tonnes of steel have been used to create the designs.

The amazing structures have been created by a team of craftsmen and women in China Credit: Longleat

Young swans are rescued in Bath

Two PCSOs have come to the rescue of two young swans in Bath. They were called to St Mark's Road in Widcombe by concerned passers-by. One cygnet was dozing in the road while the other had got itself trapped in the cemetery by the former church.

Passers-by had put road cones about one of the swans, which was dozing in the middle of the road Credit: Anthony Grimley

We’ve had to deal with swans a couple of times before so we knew how to handle them. We put blankets over their heads and bodies to pacify them, then we lifted them and carried them to the canal nearby.

– Mike Symonds, PCSO

They were young birds but pretty big and strong. Luckily they stayed quite calm, although one tried to give me a good pecking and the other left Mike needing a change of trousers.

They seemed happy enough to be back on water and soon paddled off. Hopefully they’ll stay off the roads in future.

– Ashley Bintcliffe, PCSO


Jane Austen's Day Out in Bath

In the film the author's statue outside the Jane Austen Centre is brought to life Credit: Doubleshot

A Frome production company has made a fun film imagining what would happen if a statue of Jane Austen was brought to life.

The firm, Doubleshot, has followed the exploits of the author enjoying the sights of Bath before returning to her position outside the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street.

Jane's first port of call is (naturally) a book shop in the city Credit: Doubleshot
Jane photobombs a couple of tourists outside Bath Abbey Credit: Doubleshot

The film not only celebrates the famous author but also the city's architecture and it's getting a lot of interest worldwide. It has attracted more than 100,000 views through social media.

You can watch it for yourself here:

Artist plans to get Bristol in the swing

Luke Jerram came into our studio to tell us about his Ghost Boat vision and other artistic endeavours Credit: ITV News

Bristol artist Luke Jerram has become known throughout the world thanks to his street piano project and the Park and Slide which had hundreds of people shooting down Park Street on a water slide.

Well his artistic plans haven't stopped there.

You can read about his Ghost Boats project here.

When Luke came into the studios to tell us about his plans he let slip that he has a vision of getting Bristol in the swing.

He has put in a planning application for 200 swings across the city hanging from cranes and buildings. And adults as well as children will be encouraged to have a go.

But will he get permission? Watch this space.

Ghost Boats to come to Bristol woods

The artist's impression of what the new "ghost boats" will look like Credit: Luke Jerram

Bristol artist Luke Jerram, who was responsible for the incredibly popular "Park and Slide" in Park Street and the street pianos project has come up with a new concept.

The exhibition - if that's what you call it - will open at Leigh Woods to the north of the city in April 2015. Luke plans to create a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats in the depths of the trees.

The fact that they are so far from the sea is aimed at raising discussion about climate change and issues surrounding the fishing industry.

They will all point in the same direction as if they were moving with the tide and the navigation lights will come on at night giving an impression of ghostlike activity in the woods.

Luke is always the champion of the interactive so people will be able to explore the boats when they visit.


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Blue shark spotted by cameraman in Brixham

It's not every day you come across a blue shark while out filming for ITV News West Country Credit: ITV News

Eagle-eyed cameraman Matt Mulcrone spotted a shark-like fish in the background of a shot while interviewing a diver by the breakwater in Brixham.

He thought it was a dogfish. The diver, Ian Russell from Bristol, followed it and was able to pick it up. He identified it as a rare blue shark and told ITV News West Country he was thrilled as he had never seen anything like it in 12 years of diving off the South Devon coast.

He immediately returned it to the water and encouraged it to swim away.

Bristol diver Ian Russell was thrilled by the discovery Credit: ITV News

Mirrors make £20,000 at auction

Some of the 120 mirrors that went under the hammer in Dorset Credit: ITV News

More than 120 pub mirrors and glass panes have been sold for £20,000 at auction in Dorchester.

Many were used as props in films and TV programmes but they were put on sale as old-fashioned pubs are no longer popular for dramas.

The auction was held by Duke's Auctioneers, which says there was a lot of interest in the items, with plenty of new buyers coming forward.

It says the total raised "exceeded expectations".

The mirrors came from a prop hire company, which found they were no longer needed Credit: ITV News
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