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Wanted: Town crier (must have big voice)

A number of towns in the South West are without a Town Crier, and it's feared that in future there could be a shortage of younger people willing to take on the traditional role.

For centuries they provided a vital service, spreading news and important messages to their local communities - now, though, their role is largely ceremonial. So how are they replaced when they decide to hang up their Tricorn hat? Bob Cruwys reports.


Looking for Victoria and Albert

Queen Victoria Credit: PA Archive

The Royal Bath & West Show is planning to mark its 150th anniversary this May by celebrating its Victorian heritage.

Organisers are appealing for couples named Victoria and Albert to come forward. They will then be special guests of the show. The couples would ideally be married, with certificates to prove their names.

To find out more about the show, click here.

Glastonbury comes to the Royal Bath and West

Michael Eavis' family have been farming near the showground for almost as long as the show has been running Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Organisers of the Royal Bath and West Show have unveiled new events for this year's event - their 150th anniversary.

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is going to be putting on a 20 minute show in the main arena to help them celebrate.

He has got involved because his family have been farming nearby for 148 years - just two years less than the show itself.

He is keeping the details a secret but says it will be a typically wacky, Glastonbury-style spectacle.

The 20 minute show will have a Glastonbury flavour Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The show is taking place at the Royal Bath & West Showground at Shepton Mallet from 29 May - 1 June

Bristol Classic Car Show - all you wanted to know

Bristol Classic Car Show Organiser, Nigel Stevens, explains how the Show started and what the highlights are for him.

Di Lamm from Cirencester tells us about why she bought her car. Auctioneer Matthew Whitney from Charterhouse in Dorset explains that the market for classic cars is buoyant, and Classic Car Weekly Editor, Dave Richards reveals a soft spot for the show.


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