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Disney film production gets underway in Gloucester

Filming is set to begin in Gloucester for one of Disney's latest productions 'Through the looking glass'.

The film is the sequel to the 2010 hit 'Alice in Wonderland' starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Mia Wasikowska.


Somerset song released to tempt the tourists back

by David Woodland

A singer from Somerset has released a song to try to attract people back to the county following last winter's floods. Sarah Randle's 'Land of the Summer People' shows off some of Somerset's most beautiful spots. It follows complaints from businesses that people outside the county believe Somerset is still damaged by the floods and not worth visiting.

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Red Arrows thrill the crowds at Minehead Festival

The RAF Red Arrows have been performing at the Minehead Festival in Somerset this afternoon. The town is packed with people watching air displays over the seafront.

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Red Arrows in the skies over Minehead, Somerset. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys
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The displays are taking place over the seafront to packed crowds. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys
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The sunny weather has made for ideal flying conditions for the RAF display team. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys

Tall ships arrive in Gloucester for Johnny Depp film

Gloucester docks
The scene in Gloucester Docks this afternoon Credit: ITV News West Country

Tall ships have started arriving in Gloucester today to prepare for the start of filming of the new Johnny Depp movie Through The Looking Glass, the sequel to Hollywood blockbuster Alice in Wonderland. The docks have been dredged to allow the ships to enter the city docks.

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Gloucester docks in the August sunshine today Credit: ITV News West Country


Balloon fiesta success despite weather say organisers

A record 90 balloons landed at a former chocolate factory
A record 90 balloons landed at a former chocolate factory Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta say it was a success, despite flights being grounded on Sunday by bad weather.

The event featured four mass ascents - and even broke a world record, landing 90 balloons at the former chocolate factory in Keynsham. The take offs were watched by thousands although the night glows attracted the biggest crowds.

X Factor's Jahmene takes to unusual stage at Fiesta

X Factor finallist Jahmene Douglas took to an unusual stage at the weekend as he performed at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

The singer from Swindon climbed into a basket for his performance at the event:

Wet weather hits Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Empty fields at Sunday's balloon fiesta
Empty fields at Sunday's balloon fiesta Credit: ITV News West Country

The final day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta got off to a wet start - with the morning mass assent cancelled because of the bad weather. Organiser say it has impacted on numbers - but it's too soon to give any official figures. A total of 325 balloons have flown over the four day event.

"We've not had a mass ascent this morning and we were very honest late last night to say that there wouldn't be a mass ascent so the crowds are reflective of that. But we've had a really great fiesta weekend. Thursday was a record crowd, Friday and Saturday were really very busy on site so we'll obviously have to do the counting up tomorrow morning once we've finished the event."

– Ben Hardy, Event Director, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
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