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Hundreds of pigeons fly from France to Pilton

Carrier pigeon G. I. Joe receives medal after delivering a message which saved soldiers
Carrier pigeon G. I. Joe receives medal after delivering a message which saved soldiers Credit: War/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Hundreds of pigeons are travelling from France to Pilton today as part of World War One commemorations. Up to 500 pigeons were let off from Ypres in France at 7am this morning and are expected in Pilton this lunchtime. In the war pigeons were used to carry messages during the war.

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South West is fastest growing for overseas visitors

South West is fastest growing for overseas visitors
South West is fastest growing for overseas visitors Credit: ITV News

The South West has become the fastest growing region in the country for overseas tourists. The figures from last year show a rise of 48 per cent with more than 5 hundred thousand holiday visits in the summer months. It means the number of visitors has overtaken pre-recession record levels - 8 years ago. The South West is the most popular with German tourists.

Paint festival held at Bath Racecourse

Revellers at Battersea throw paint over eachother
Revellers at Battersea throw paint over eachother Credit: ITV News

Thousands of people in Bath are taking part in a festival that sees revellers covered in a rainbow of paints. The latest festival craze is called the Holi One and is a hindu celebration marking the victory of good over bad. Festivals like this have taken place all over the world including at Bath Racecourse today.

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