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Shaun the Sheep trailer released by Aardman

The movies is due to be released in February Credit: Aardman

Bristol company Aardman have released the full trailer for the Shaun the Sheep movie, which is due in cinemas in February 2015.

The film sees Shaun and his friends head to the big city on an adventure to rescue their farmer after a prank goes wrong.

It's based on Aardman's popular children's television series and sees Justin Fletcher reprise his role as lead character Shaun.

Meanwhile John Sparkes voices Bitzer, the farmer's loyal sheepdog.

The movie opens in UK cinemas on February 6, 2015.

Jake Sims and Stereo Kicks booted off X Factor

Stereo Kicks' Jake Sims performing in the sing-off Credit: Factor

The dream is over for X Factor finalist Jake Sims from Warmley in South Gloucestershire.

His boy band Stereo Kicks were voted off the ITV competition in the quarter finals, leaving only four acts remaining.

They fell foul of the public vote after the judges were split between the eight-strong band and 17-year-old Lauren Platt.

Simon Cowell had the critical vote to either save the group or force a deadlock and defer to the public vote.

He said: "The act that sang the best on the sing off was Lauren," voting to keep her in the competition.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini stood by her act, Lauren Platt but told the boy band they had talent and could still grow.

Louis Walsh also stood by his act, Stereo Kicks.

Mel B voted in favour of the boys too, apologising to Fernandez-Versini before she said she had to vote for Lauren Platt to leave.

Some members of the boy band wept as their X Factor stint came to an end but said they were thankful to have been on the show.

Speaking on the Xtra Factor afterwards, Simon Cowell told Louis Walsh his poor song choice was to blame. But Walsh insisted: "I did 100% the best I could and they know that. They'll tell you that later."

But Jake Sims will still have a shot of the limelight - Stereo Kicks will be taking part in the X Factor Live Tour in 2015.

Jake (far left) and Stereo Kicks discuss their Xperience on the Xtra Factor Credit: Factor


Shaftesbury Christmas Lights procession tonight

A lantern procession will take place in Shaftesbury in Dorset tonight to celebrate the switch on of the town's Christmas Lights.

This year famous designer Dame Zandra Rhodes will be doing the honours - while schoolchildren parade with their illuminations bearing the names of those who took part in the First World War.

Dame Zandra Rhodes. Credit: PA

Elton John to play Gloucester rugby stadium

Elton John performing in Poland earlier this month Credit: PA

It's been announced that Elton John and his band are to play Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester next year as part of their European tour.

The concert on Sunday 7 June will be the rock star's first ever performance in Gloucester. It will feature classics from his five-decade-long career.

I am very much looking forward to playing my first show in Gloucester. My drummer, Nigel Olsson, and guitarist, Davey Johnstone, have been with me since 1970 and 1972 respectively and we all have such fond memories of our early shows in the area.

The fans there have always shown a great love for my music and my band and I can't wait to bring our show to Kingsholm Stadium. I promise it will be worth the wait and am sure we will all have a fantastic time.

– Elton John

Gloucester Rugby's Chief Executive says the club couldn't be more excited about the gig.

We have held some successful concerts at the stadium in the past but this really enhances our reputation as a venue for top quality acts and will be part of an exciting year for the club, culminating with hosting four fixtures as part of Rugby World Cup 2015 later in the year.

– Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby's CEO

Tickets go on sale on Friday 28 November at 9am.

Jake Sims and Stereo Kicks in final five

Jake Sims (second from right) and Stereo Kicks are in the final five of X Factor Credit: Factor

Jake Sims from Warmley in South Gloucestershire is in the final five of the X Factor. His band, the eight-strong Stereo Kicks, were voted through without a hitch this weekend after performing Sir Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me".

Judge Simon Cowell told the band, "You just did it, you did everything right, you look like a proper group."

You can find out how the guys are getting on here.

Womad early-bird tickets go on sale today

Entertainers at this year's Womad. Credit: PA

Tickets go on sale today for next year's Womad in Wiltshire, at last year's prices.

The world music festival at Charlton Park was sold out this time and organisers expect these early-bird tickets to sell fast, even though the line-up hasn't been announced.

40,000 people are expected to turn up to watch more than 100 acts from around the globe.

It will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of July.


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Award-winning 'War Game' on stage at Bristol Old Vic

The Christmas Day Truce of 1914 is one of the most famous stories of the First World War - when British and German troops put down their weapons, left their trenches, and played football with each other.

In the hands of author Michael Foreman, it was the basis for the award-winning children's book 'War Game'. Now the book has come to the Bristol Old Vic as a stage play. Caron Bell met the author and heard his deeply personal reasons for writing the story.

Winter comes to Cribbs Causeway with the help of Union J

The mall at Cribbs Causeway has been transformed into a winter wonderland Credit: Cribbs Causeway
Getting their skates on - the ice rink offers an extra treat for Christmas shoppers Credit: Cribbs Causeway
The boyband Union J, which features George Shelley from Clevedon (second from left) is switching on the Christmas lights at the Mall tonight Credit: Union J

Hundreds gather at the funeral of Acker Bilk

Mourners say farewell to the jazz legend at Publow Church Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people, both local and from the world of music have gathered at a church in Somerset to say farewell to jazz legend Acker Bilk.

The clarinet player, who lived in Pensford, was most famous for his hit tune, Stranger on the Shore, but his music career spanned many decades. He died earlier this month at the age of 85.

Today's thanksgiving service at Publow Church included the reading of a poem Acker wrote, reflecting his love of the area he grew up in.

The River, by Acker Bilk

Although not a big river,

T'was endless to me.

We dived in it, swam in it,

Fished it with glee.

We floated log rafts on it,

Watched all the while

By Herons and Kingfishers,

Ducks, single file.

Martins dipping and diving

The Swifts flying free,

Water rats dunking like biscuits in tea.

Reeds full of Moorhens

And a bit further out,

Where the current flowed swifter

Those gold-bellied trout.

The trees on the banks

Were there just to be climbed.

Elbows and knees skinned

But we didn't mind.

A thousand and one things

To see and to do.

A magical place was the old river Chew.

The days of my youth

Not numbered or planned,

I go back to the river whenever I can

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