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Acker Bilk's funeral to be held in Somerset today

The funeral of West Country jazz musician Acker Bilk will take place in Somerset this afternoon.

Mourners will gather at Publow Church near his home village of Pensford.

The clarinetist died on 3 November at Bath's Royal United Hospital. His wife Jean was by his side. He was best known for his signature tune 'Stranger on the Shore'.

Jazz musician Acker Bilk after receiving his MBE at an investiture ceremony held by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA


Jethro Tull frontman begs fans to stop stalking him

Ian Anderson performing with Jethro Tull Credit: Andreas Weihs/DPA/Press Association Images

Ian Anderson, the frontman of legendary classic rock band Jethro Tull, has made an emotional Facebook plea to fans to stop following him after shows and frightening his wife.

The 67-year-old musician, who lives on a 400-acre 18th century estate in Minety, Wiltshire, made his comments on the band's official Facebook page.

"That you may only be a fan seeking autographs, whether for yourself or Mr Ebay is not the issue. My hotel is my sanctuary. You frighten my wife and put me under pressure to react to potential violence.

"Stop and think: if you were on your way home from work, late at night, and you became aware of a car or two following you to your home in the dark, you would get worried and understandably probably lock your car doors and call the cops.


– Ian Anderson

The singer, flautist and guitarist, who was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his services to music, also said he had received threats of violence.

The shortlist to design Bristol's £91m arena

Five teams have been shortlisted for the contract to design the 12,000 seater Bristol Arena at Temple Quarter in the city.

The architects behind the Eden Project are on the shortlist for Bristol Arena Credit: PA
  • Grimshaw Architects LLP - architects of the Eden Project
  • Idom Ingeniería y Consultoría - designers of the Bilbao Arena
  • Populous - architects of the London Olympic Stadium
  • White Arkitekter - designers of the Kiruna city plan in Sweden
  • Wilkinson Eyre - architects of the Liverpool Arena

The finalists will now have to come up with proposals, which will then go to a public exhibition before the decision being announced in March 2015

Populous, who designed the London Olympic Stadium, are also on the shortlist Credit: ITV News

Operator appointed for Bristol Arena

Bristol's years of waiting for an indoor arena could soon be over with news tonight that an operator has been appointed to run the venue.

Speaking at his State of the City address, Mayor George Ferguson said their identity will be confirmed in three weeks, moving the opening of the 12,000-seater attraction a significant step closer.

Five design teams have also been shortlisted to compete to build the attraction beside Bristol Temple Meads station. It is hoped the arena will bring up to 1,000 jobs.

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Band Aid 30 will be available next week

Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction. Credit: Kobby Dagan/ABACAUSA.COM

The new Band Aid 30 track will be recorded on 15th November and will be available on 17th. It will not be available on Spotify until January.

Sir Bob Geldof said that they have yet to discuss the VAT options with the government but are hopeful that they will reach a deal to ensure more money goes to the charity.


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Adele and One Direction amongst artists to be involved with Band Aid 30

Adele will be involved with Band Aid 30. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have confirmed some of the artists that will be involved in the Band Aid 30 track.

  • Adele
  • Bastille
  • Bono
  • Chris Martin
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Emeli Sande
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Ollie Murs
  • Sam Smith
  • One Direction
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Band Aid 30 to start recording this weekend

Artists will start recording the updated Band Aid track this weekend Midge Ure has said:

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New lyrics to Band Aid song will focus on 'pernicious' Ebola

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have called the announcement that a new version of the Christmas hit Do They Know It's Christmas? is "the worst kept secret this year."

He went on to say that the lyrics to the song will be changed to reflect the Ebola epidemic that the track will be in aid of.

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