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Hares under the hammer

Two of the hares going under the hammer tonight

As the Cirencester Hare Festival finally hops out of town, people are getting the chance to buy a piece of it for posterity.

Forty 5ft fantasy hare statues were dotted on display around Cirencester over the spring and summer. Decorated by local artists, celebrities and school children, the statues are made of fibre glass and were individually sponsored by local businesses and community groups.

Now the statues are to be auctioned to help raise money for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. You can take a last look at the hoard of hares at Bingham Hall from 16:00pm, before the auction starts at 19:00.

GCHQ's human poppy 'spectacular'

The idea to create the giant human poppy came from staff at GCHQ. It took 1,400 GCHQ and military staff, 1,300 red ponchos and just over an hour to create it.

It's the first time the organisation has ever held such an event. The idea coming from a request to help launch the poppy appeal by the Royal British Legion in Gloucestershire. Ian Corbitt from the Royal British Legion tells us more:

Thousands of GCHQ staff help launch Poppy Appeal

It's one of the most secretive organisations in the world but GCHQ in Cheltenham opened its doors to help launch the poppy appeal. 1,400 members of staff formed a giant human poppy in the courtyard of the famous listening post. It came after a request for help from the Royal British Legion in Gloucestershire.

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