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Shaun the Sheep is the nation's favourite children's TV character

Shaun the Sheep is the nation's favourite children's TV character Credit: Aardman

Bristol animation Shaun the Sheep has topped a poll of the nation's favourite children's TV cartoon characters.

Created by Aardman Animations, who also made Wallace and Gromit, Shaun beat Postman Pat and Sooty & Sweep in the Radio Times survey. They came second and third respectively.

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Taunton's Pip Andersen to star in Star Wars

Pip Andersen set to star in Star Wars Credit: ITV News West Country

Unknown Somerset actor Pip Andersen has landed a starring role in the new Star Wars Film following open auditions which attracted thousands of hopefuls.

Taunton's Pip Andersen, 23, is an expert in the gravity-defying sport of parkour and recently showcased his skill at jumping across rooftops in a Sony Spider-Man commercial.

Also selected is Crystal Clarke is a US actress who is studying in Glasgow and will be seen in her first feature, The Moon And The Sun, which stars Pierce Brosnan, next year.

It is not yet known what roles the pair will play in JJ Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII.

Around 37,000 hopefuls attended open castings in 11 cities across the US and UK, while more than 30,000 submitted applications online.

Lucasfilm president and president Kathleen Kennedy said: "The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition.

"We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film."

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Sun comes out for St Paul's Carnival

More than 1,000 people have been parading around Portland Square Credit: ITV News West Country

The sun is out for St Paul's carnival and celebrations are in full swing.

More than 1000 people have been taking part in the masquerade around Portland Square.

The Carnival is a chance for community groups to show of their moves Credit: ITV News West Country

It's a chance for local schoolchildren and community groups to show off their finest dance moves and costumes. Primary schools around the city have been rehearing for months.

Crowds haven't been put of by the weather forecast Credit: ITV News West Country

Food stalls BBQ's are sizzling with Caribbean favourites such as jerk chicken, pork, and rice and peas. Today the celebrations will end at midnight instead of 2am, to save the organisers money.

Crowds turn out for St Paul's Carnival

As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the Carnival Credit: ITV News West Country

Crowds are lining the streets in Bristol for the annual St Paul's Carnival celebrating the city's rich Afro-Caribbean history.

This year, organisers are trialling an earlier closing time. Due to the cost implications of the usual 2am finish, this year the event will be ending at midnight.

Bright costumes, music and dancing are all part of the Carnival Credit: ITV News West Country

Preparations underway for St Paul's Carnival

100,000 people are expected to attend St Paul's Carnival, Bristol Credit: ITV West

Final preparations are being made for St Paul's Carnival in Bristol tomorrow, which is expected to attract more than one hundred thousand people. The annual street party, has been running since 1968 and celebrates the city's Afro-Caribbean history.

This year it will officially end at midnight instead of 2 am to save money, but there's plenty to see and do.

WOMAD mourns the recent death of headline act Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack Credit: WOMAD

Organisers of WOMAD, one of the region's largest festivals, are mourning the death of one of the headline acts, The legendary singer songwriter Bobby Womack died last month at the age of 70.

With three weeks to go before the event at Charlton Park in Wiltshire the team are deciding to replace him or do a tribute in his slot. Thousands of people are expected at the four day event which starts on the 24th of July.

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