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North Somerset veterans mark 70 years since end of WW2

More than fifty veterans from North Somerset were at today's commemoration. Credit: ITV West Country

Veterans have gathered in Weston-super-Mare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The Allies celebrated victory over Japan on the 15th August 1945 after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The official surrender document was signed by the Japanese on the 2nd of September. Both dates are known as VJ Day.

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More than fifty veterans from across North Somerset, aged between 89 and 101, gathered today to mark the occasion.

The focus of the service at St Paul's church in Weston-super-Mare was to remember the so-called "forgotten army", the Fourteenth Army, which fought the Japanese forces in Burma. It was an operation largely overlooked by the press at the time.

Ten of the veterans at today's commemoration served in the Far East.

Veterans aged between 89 and 101 gathered to mark the occasion. Credit: ITV West Country

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It costs nearly £6,800 to cull one badger

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The cost of culling badgers to tackle TB in cattle in Gloucestershire and Somerset is more than previously thought.

It costs £6,775 to kill one badger. This is nearly £600 more than predicted by the anti-cull Badger Trust, who made a Freedom of Information request that led to the real figures being released by the Environment Department (DEFRA).

The overall cost of the cull is almost £16.8 million.

A DEFRA spokesman says bovine TB has cost £500 million over the last decade.

The government has recently approved extending the cull to Dorset.

Latest Dismaland tickets gone in just over an hour. Were you one of the lucky few?

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It took barely an hour for the latest batch of tickets for Banksy's Dismaland 'Bemusement Park' to sell out or become unavailable. Did you manage to get yours?

The attraction at Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana has drawn in thousands since it opened, with tickets selling out within minutes of first going on sale.

Those eager visitors have included several of Banksy's celebrity fans, including rumours of Hollywood royalty.

Events at the hugely popular exhibition have included weekly live music or comedy alongside the work of more than 50 artists.

Banksy's back online: another fleeting chance for Dismaland tickets

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Another chance for Bemusement: the latest batch of online tickets for Banksy's Dismaland have been released, but it looks like they're going fast.

The attraction at Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana has drawn in thousands since it opened, with tickets selling out within minutes of first going on sale.

Those eager visitors have included several of Banksy's celebrity fans, including rumours of Hollywood royalty.

Events at the hugely popular exhibition have included weekly live music or comedy alongside the work of more than 50 artists.

If you're not in the mood to queue, tickets are back online - for now.

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