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Sir Tom Jones to headline Larmer Tree Festival

Sir Tom Jones will perform on the first night of the festival in Wiltshire Credit: PA

It's been announced that Sir Tom Jones is to open this year's Larmer Tree Festival. The star, who's in the public eye as a judge on BBC's The Voice, will perform on the evening of Wednesday 16 July.

The festival, which began in 1990, is held at Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury on the Wiltshire-Dorset border. It is taking place from Wednesday 16 July to Sunday 20 July.

You can find out more details and how to get tickets here.

Right-to-die Corrie storyline welcomed by widow

Tony Nicklinson's struggle with life made headlines worldwide. He battled for the right to have doctors help him die peacefully after being immobilised for years following a stroke.

The issue of assisted suicide has been taken up by Coronation Street. Tonight the character Hayley Cropper will take her own life in a storyline about the right to die.

The development has been welcomed by Tony's widow Jane Nicklinson. Our Wiltshire Correspondent Robert Murphy reports.


Wiltshire man in spotlight with Coronation Street storyline

Wiltshire man in spotlight with Coronation Street storyline Credit: Coronation Street

Tony Nicklinson from Melksham is back in the spotlight tonight with an assisted suicide storyline in Coronation Street.

Viewers will tonight see Hayley Cropper take her own life after battling pancreatic cancer. It's to raise awareness of people like Mr Nicklinson who was left paralysed and with had locked-in syndrome after a stroke and wanted doctors to lawfully end his life.

Bristol Arena could get approval tonight

Plans for Bristol Arena Credit: Bristol City Council

Plans for the Bristol Arena are expected to be approved at a city budget meeting tonight.

The £90 million venue next to Temple Meads would have a capacity of 12,000.

Work could start in January 2016 if the scheme gets the go-ahead.

The City Council has raised £53 million for the project and is planning to borrow the rest. The meeting will also debate cuts and a 2 percent rise in council tax.

Actor calls on Bristol and Bath to confront slave trade past

Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a man abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War era United States Credit: Poree Audrey/ABACA/Press Association Images

The star of the movie "12 Years a Slave", which goes on general release today, has called on Bath and Bristol to confront their slave trade past. Chiwetel Ejiofor told the Sunday Times that people should be educated about the part slavery paid in their history.


Somerset make-up artist nominated for Oscar

Peter Swords King. Credit: PA

Peter Swords King, a make-up artist from Peasedown St John in Somerset, has been nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

In a career spanning 36 years, Mr Swords King has worked on films including Quills, Thunderbirds, Little Voice, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband and The Avengers. He has already won an Oscar for his creations in The Lord of the Rings.

The BAFTA ceremony will be held on 10 February and the Oscars ceremony on 24 February.

Coldplay in secret Somerset gig

People in the Somerset village of Compton Martin, got an early Christmas present from their local pub Monday night.

The band Coldplay turned up to perform a secret gig. It wasn't a tribute band - it was the real thing. The pub confirmed that all the 'real regulars' were allowed to stay and watch.

The Ring o' Bells pub, near Blagdon, is part owned by Miles Leonard, the Chairman of Parlophone, Coldplay's record label. It follows a similar surprise by Kylie Minogue at the freehouse in 2010.

Other guests included Conor Maynard and cockney legends Chas 'n' Dave.

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