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45,000 expected to jet off from Bristol

Up to two million Brits are expected to fly abroad this weekend despite temperatures in the UK remaining high.

Spain is the number one destination in Europe according to travel organisation Abta. Bristol Airport estimates 45,000 will take off from there this weekend.

However the current hot weather has boosted the numbers of people taking last-minute trips in the UK. Businesses in Somerset are hoping the weather helps to attract more people to the region, which is still struggling following the winter flood with some companies seeing a 25% reduction in bookings.

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Busy travel period as school holidays begin

Children playing in the sea at Weston
Thousands are expected to head on holiday following the start of the school holidays Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

We're being warned to expect one of the busiest weekends of the year on the region's roads, as the school summer holidays begin.

Industry leaders say they've seen a drop in bookings for this season over the last couple of months compared to previous years. Some businesses say trade is down a quarter. But they're hoping sunny summer weather will help boost takings.

Cemetery prepares for garden party

The historic cemetery contains a number of listed buildings and monuments
The historic cemetery contains a number of listed buildings and monuments Credit: ITV News West Country

The Arnos Vale cemetery in Bristol is being prepared for a garden party to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the first burial at the site on Sunday.

The cemetery are also launching a project that tells the story of the fight to save the cemetery from development in 1998. The Oral History Project will also feature locals' memories of the site.

Plans to rebuild fire station in Bristol

The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters.
The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters. Credit: ITV News West Country

There are plans to rebuild Temple Fire Station in Bristol. It's part of the Fire Service's 'Investing in the Future' programme, which was launched in January. The station shares its site with the Service's Headquarters.

If the plans go through it will free up part of the Temple Back plot for redevelopment.

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The competition begins for the region's athletes

Lynne Hutchinson training for Commonwealth Games
Lynne Hutchinson training for Commonwealth Games Credit: ITV West Country

After last night's opening ceremony, competition gets underway at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow today, with a number of West Country athletes hoping to win medals. Among them are Rhythmic gymnasts Lynne Hutchinson and Stephanie Sherlock, who take part in the team competition this morning.

Mayor Ferguson says "no tanks" to parking protesters

Campaigners fighting plans for new residents-only parking zones around Bristol drove a tank down one of the city's main streets tonight.

The protest was to highlight a petition expressing "no confidence" in Mayor George Ferguson's handling of the scheme.

Mayor Ferguson rejected the groups concerns, which he described as of "no consequence". The petition was debated in tonight's meeting of Full Council but no vote was made and the system is set to continue.

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