As Taunton's Brewhouse Theatre closes its doors for the final time today, the Board of Governors blames the economy and lack of funding
A candlelit vigil will take place at the Brewhouse in Taunton to "remember the great times". The theatre closed suddenly last night
Full statement from slaughterers L J Potter, who use the Taunton abattoir where traces of the horse painkiller "bute" were found in meat
Plans to build a new swimming pool with spa and café have been agreed by Taunton Deane Borough Council.
The new pool will be built next to the Blackbrook Pavilion Sports Centre in Taunton.
It represents a £5.4m investment for the Council and will mean a range of new facilities for the community, including a 25m six-lane pool, a learners’ pool, a café and spa.
The new pool will replace the ageing St James Street pool, which opened in 1928 and is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.
– Cllr Catherine Herbert, Taunton Deane Borough Council
I am delighted with this decision and what this will mean for the health and enjoyment of local people and visitors.
Having a pool at Blackbrook is what the public has wanted for a long time and it will allow for public swimming at both Station Road and Blackbrook.
The health and well-being spa is a great addition, giving many people the opportunity to access this type of facility for the first time.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Taunton today, as 700 Royal Marines marched through the town to officially mark the end of their time in Afghanistan.
The Marines from 40 Commando were the very first to be deployed to the country twelve years ago.
This year, after four tours of duty, they're among the last to return.
Bob Cruwys reports:
Sixteen families lost loved ones serving with 40 Commando in Afghanistan. But the unit was by no means the only one to be affected by the conflict.
Families from across our region lost sons, brothers and fathers, who were serving in military units based across the South West.
Ahead of today's parade our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland spoke to Judy Gaden, the mother of Corporal Tom Gaden, who was killed in Afghanistan four years ago:
The Duke of Edinburgh will be presenting medals to the Royal Marines at a private ceremony at Norton Manor Camp.
Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland is there:
Thousands of people have turned out in Taunton to welcome home the Royal Marines of 40 Commando from Afghanistan.
700 Marines paraded through the town's streets which were lined with huge crowds.
The troops were among the very first deployed to the country nearly 12 years ago. Now, after four tours they are among the last to return.
Bob Cruwys reports:
The Duke of Edinburgh will present medals to Royal Marines from 40 Commando in Taunton later. A homecoming parade will also take place on the High Street to mark their return from Afghanistan.
It will be a chance to remember the 18 Royal Marines who lost their lives during the decade-long conflict.
There are delays of up to an hour on First Great Western and CrossCountry services between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads. A person has been hit by a train at Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea.
A parade to welcome home 40 Commando Royal Marines will take place in Taunton tomorrow and will be attended by thousands of people.
Road closures and diversions will be in place from 7.30 am so do leave time for your journey.
Buses and taxis will be using temporary stops while cyclists should find alternative places to lock their bikes. There's more information here.