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Minehead Summer Festival cancelled

The Red Arrows won't be coming to Minehead this year following the announcement that the town's summer festival has suddenly been called off. Butlin's, who organise the long-running event, say it's because of new legislation introduced after the Shoreham air crash. More than 12,000 people attended the 2015 event last August.

Red Arrows display Credit: ITV West Country

It’s not a decision we have taken lightly, nor is it one that we like having to make, However, having assessed the new rules and taken everything into account, we felt we had no option. We understand that people will be disappointed but hopefully they will understand safety has to be our first consideration.

– Julian Highfield, Resort Director

The team at Butlin’s and the Minehead Events Group are currently looking at options to replace the event, and say they will make an announcement if and when they have any news. It is more sad news for Minehead which has already lost out on the Real Ale Festival held at the Railway Station for this summer.


Bath director takes top Cannes Film Festival award

Ken Loach won the award for the second time in his career Credit: ITV West Country

Bath's film director Ken Loach has won this year's top award at Cannes Film Festival.

The 79 year-old picked up the Palme D'or last night for the second time in his career.

He won it for his film 'I' - about a man forced to live on benefits in Newcastle.

He was previously awarded the accolade in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Director Ken Loach poses with The Palme d'Or for the movie I,Daniel Blake Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Loach has had 12 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival through his career.

Reflecting on the fact he has won the prestigious prize for a second time, Loach said it was "extraordinary" because it was "the same little gang" from 2006.

It's just nice to be in that team. Our breath has been taken away, I have to say, because we weren't really expecting to come back. So we are quietly stunned.

– Ken Loach

Loach, whose past classics include 1969's Kes, was up against a host of international stars for the prize including Spanish Oscar-winner Pedro Almodovar, Sean Penn and Paul Verhoeven.

The film tells the story of Daniel Blake, who, after having a heart attack, crosses paths with single mother of two Katie, who moves to Newcastle from London, 300 miles away.

The Cannes website said the characters "find themselves in no-man's land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and skiver' in modern day Britain".


'It's a massive attack on The Downs!' Bristol Downs Committee objects to outdoor concert

Music fans had cause to celebrate this morning after the Bristol band Massive Attack announced its first return to the city in more than a decade.

The open air event is planned for The Downs in September, but the committee in charge of The Downs is not happy about the arrangement.

They're very unhappy about many things: safety, parking, the noise, and a real intrusion on The Downs, described by me as a 'massive attack' on The Downs...

– Cllr PETER ABRAHAM, Bristol Downs Committee

Others wanted to emphasis that the event is a one-off:

Massive Attack gig: what it needs to go ahead

Bristol band Massive Attack have announced plans for an outdoor concert to mark their homecoming to the city - where they started their musical career.

The event is planned for The Downs in September. It will be is the first time a major concert has been held there in 15 years.

This would be the first time a major concert has been held on The Downs in 15 years. Credit: ITV News

However, some people have raised concerns about noise and traffic in the area - as yet some of the relevant permissions have not been granted.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “The council has been asked to consider an event application for a large scale music event on the Downs in September. As with any event in this location, the application was first referred to the Downs Committee events sub group to discuss and decide whether or not permission be granted.Permission in principle for the event to take place was granted by the Downs Committee on the 11 April 2016."

Following this decision the organisers have begun a consultation with residents and relevant stakeholders. The event still requires premises licence and site permission approval.

– Bristol City Council spokesperson
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