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Shaun the Sheep makes it to the big screen

Shaun the Sheep creator Nick Park at the European premiere in London Credit: PA

One of Bristol's most famous exports finally hit the big screen at the weekend. Shaun the Sheep is Aardman Animations' most successful character - even outstripping Wallace and Gromit.

After nearly a decade of seven-minute-long TV shows, he's finally starring in his own feature-length film.

As Caron Bell reports, it's quite a journey for a sheep that was never supposed to be a star.

Traders furious as Clifton roads close ahead of schedule

No way through for shoppers Credit: ITV West Country News

Traders along busy Princess Victoria Street in Clifton were left furious when the road closed on Thursday - three days ahead of schedule.

The closure is necessary for work on the Residents Parking Scheme which is set to start in March.

Confusion over when the work was to start and end has ignited anger with shopkeepers who claim their businesses have been affected.

Work begins for the Residents Parking Scheme Credit: ITV West Country News

It's a disgrace. The signs said they were going to close the street on the 24th but they went ahead anyway. We've still got the shoppers but no one was aware of what was going on

– Stephen Bullimore, Owner of Instep Shoes
The council have apologised Credit: ITV West Country News

The Council have since apologised for starting the work so quickly.

Because we had reasonably good weather the contractor got ahead of their works programme, which means we didn't have the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders in place to close the Princess Victoria Street. Once we became aware of this the road was re-opened and we apologised for any inconvenience caused.

– Council Spokesperson


Celebrities flock to green carpet of Shaun the Sheep Movie premiere

The green carpet Credit: ITV West Country News

We've all heard of a red carpet but what about a green carpet?

The Shaun the Sheep movie premiered in Leicester Square yesterday. The animation which is made by Aardman Animations in Bristol, re-decorated the iconic square in Shaun the Sheep's favourite colour green.

Ed Sheeran was spotted attending the premiere Credit: ITV West Country News

There's good reason to celebrate as it takes each animator a whole day to create three seconds of footage.

Ed Sheeran was there to see it, along with Eliza Doolittle and Rizzle Kicks, who feature on the soundtrack.

Bristol City denied by late winner

Bristol City's Matt Smith falls to his knees dejected after missing an opportunity late in the game Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Bristol City are getting over the disappointment of narrowly losing to West Ham in the FA Cup.

The Robins held onto the 81st minute before Sahko headed home a late winner for West Ham. The final score ended 1-0.

Bristol City must now turn their attention to Thursday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final second leg.

'Make Sundays Special' makes a comeback

Park and Slide - one of the 'Make Sundays Special' events - attracted interest from around the globe Credit: ITV News

Bristol's 'Make Sundays Special' project will be returning this year following the success of the event last summer.

Park Street was turned into a giant water slide on one the days when certain roads in the city centre were closed to traffic.

This year's events will take place on the first Sunday of every month from May to September.

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