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Tropicana plans look likely to fail

The derelict facade of the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News West Country

The future of the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare is once again in doubt after North Somerset Council reported that the latest proposals to fund a restoration project appear to have failed.

In a statement the Council said:

Following the failure of Trop WsM Ltd to come forward with any funding agreement for their project, and an independent assessment of the current proposals, North Somerset Council members will now be asked to consider the next steps for the Tropicana site at Weston-super-Mare.

The Tropicana seen from the beach Credit: ITV News West Country

According to the Council, The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership has concluded that: 'the business plan as currently presented together with the clarification provided is most likely to fail in terms of securing funding for the development'.

As a result the council is now reconvening the Tropicana Working Party to consider the next steps for development of the site. It is expected to report to the next meeting of the Council on 15th July

Bristol music boat Thekla removed for repairs

Thekla in Bristol Harbour. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

Bristol's famous music boat Thekla disappeared from her harbour-side home this morning. She is going into dry dock for six weeks for repairs.

The boat has been berthed in Bristol Harbour for 30 years, being adapted from cargo ship to theatre to night club and music venue.

Thekla on her way to dry dock. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne
Thekla is one of Bristol's best-known music venues. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne


Crowds turn out for 'Big Bike Ride'

Warm weather made for a good turn out for the BIg Bike Ride Credit: ITV News West Country

Large crowds made the most of the sunshine in bristol to head to College Green for the City's BIg BIke Ride.

There were plenty of activities on offer on College Green Credit: ITV News West Country

The event coincided with the end of Bristol's Big Green Week, an event celebrating Bristol's achievement as Green Capital 2015.

Crowds made the most of the weather to head to the city centre Credit: ITV News West Country

Celebrating 100 years at the Bristol Hippodrome

A book reading like a who's who of show business has just been published, celebrating a hundred years of one of our best loved theatres.

Thousands of celebrated artists have entertained audiences at the Bristol Hippodrome, many of them with a lifelong affection for a special building standing in the very centre of the city. Our Bristol Correspondent Richard Payne reports.

Zara Phillips named in Team GB squad

Zara Phillips competing on her horse High Kingdom at the Bramham Horse Trials earlier this month Credit: PA

The Queen's grand daughter, Zara Phillips, who lives in Gloucestershire, is to return to major competition for the first time since the birth of her daughter Mia at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in August.

She has been named in a six-strong Great Britain squad which also includes Pippa Funnell, William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook, Izzy Taylor and Oliver Townend.

Phillips was crowned world eventing champion in Aachen in 2006 and won team silver at London 2012 alongside Cook and Fox-Pitt, where she was presented with her medal by her mother, the Princess Royal.

Button misses chat show appearance due to wasp sting

Somerset born racing driver Jenson Button had to cancel an appearance on Graham Norton's Channel 4 chat show after being stung by a wasp.

Button, from Frome, suffered an allergic reaction after being stung between the eyes while on a bike ride.


So sorry 2 be missing the @grahnort show tonight, I've been taken out by a wasp! I was riding my bike yesterday & got stung between the eyes



Preview of Sotheby's forthcoming Banksy exhibition

One of Banksy's latest works, 'Mobile Lovers'. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cameras will be allowed into a forthcoming Banksy Exhibition at the Sotheby's gallery today. The unauthorised collection of over 70 works has been put together by the street artist's former agent.

The exhibition opens to the public next Wednesday. A previous show in Bristol attracted over 100,000 people.


Bars and Melody reach Britain's Got Talent final


Congratulations, @barsandmelody!! You’ve won tonight’s semi-final and you’re in the Final!! #BGTlive


Leondre and Charlie - aka Bars and Melody - are through to the final of this year's Britain's Got Talent.

On Twitter, the duo thanked fans for their support.

"WE are so proud of you...thank you so much" they wrote.


Thankyou @simoncowell for your support and golden buzzer press to get us here we couldn't Thankyou enough @gottalent

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