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Historic pier gets £75,000 grant

146-year-old Clevedon Pier is the only Grade 1 listed pier in the country Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA

Clevedon Pier will get an extra £75,000 in Government grants to help maintain and repair the historic structure.

The landmark, the only Grade I-listed pier in the country, was one of just eight projects to win a share of £800,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.

The money will go towards essential renovation work.

Memories of the Queen - Dying girl becomes princess for a day

The Queen becomes the country's longest serving monarch today - breaking the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

We've been looking back at your memories - Louisa Harrington from Clevedon became "princess for a day" at Buckingham Palace just before she died.

Louisa was a guest of honour of the Queen's Coronation anniversary celebrations in 2003.

Briohny Williams has been speaking to her family:

You can own part of 'the most beautiful pier in England'

146-year-old Clevedon Pier is the only Grade 1 listed pier in the country. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

You can now own shares in a West Country landmark: Somerset's 150-year-old Clevedon Pier.

The only Grade 1 listed pier in the country, once described by former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman as "the most beautiful pier in England", is now part of a community share offer.

The trustees are hoping to raise £350,000 to help pay for new visitor facilities, which are currently being built.

Man in his 80s rescues man in his 90s from fire

A man in 90s has been helped from his smoke-filled home in Clevedon by a neighbour aged in his 80s after a kitchen fire earlier today, 24 December.

It’s believed the neighbour saw smoke coming from the house in Highdale Avenue. When he realised the man was inside, he went in to bring him out.

An off-duty firefighter who also lived nearby arrived shortly afterwards to help. Two fire crews from Clevedon put the flames out. The house was badly damaged by heat and smoke.

The occupant and his neighbour were treated by paramedics at the scene after breathing in smoke.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service has praised the bravery of the neighbour but warns people not to enter properties on fire.


RNLI rescue man in yacht from Bristol Channel

A lifeboat crewman was forced to jump into the Bristol Channel to rescue a man whose yacht had run aground.

The man got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon in the strong winds off Clevedon beach.

When crews arrived, there was only one metre of water around the yacht so a crew member had to get out and swim to it to tow it out of danger.

It soon became clear that yacht was in serious danger of being turned on to its side. It was clear that the yacht was now crashing down directly on the sea bed. The volunteer crew had to work quickly and professionally to decide the best way to assist the person on the yacht. This was going to be a tricky manoeuvre for the volunteers.

– Dave Herbert, Lifeboat spokesman

The yacht was towed to Portishead Marina where it was handed over to the Portishead Coastguards.

Broadchurch winner at TV BAFTAS

Broadchurch was filmed in West Bay in Dorset and Clevedon in North Somerset Credit: ITV

ITV's hit drama Broadchurch has had tremendous success at the TV BAFTAS.

Broadchurch, which was filmed in West Bay in Dorset and Clevedon in North Somerset, won three awards at last night's ceremony.

Olivia Colman was named best leading actress, David Bradley best supporting actor and the show won best drama series.

Body of middle-aged man pulled out of ditch in Clevedon

Police at the scene in Clevedon where a body was found in a ditch Credit: ITV West Country/Adam Grierson

Police have pulled the body of a middle-aged man out of the water in Clevedon.

The body was discovered in a ditch on Strode Road by a member of the public. Avon and Somerset police continue to investigate. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police search teams in Clevedon after discovery of body

Underwater police search teams are carrying out an investigation in Clevedon after the discovery of a body in a ditch.

Emergency services were called to Strode Road in Clevedon after being alerted by a member of the public.

Avon & Somerset Police have launched an investigation and the body is due to be recovered this afternoon. The death is being treated as unexplained.

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