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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

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.

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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.

Man charged over Bristol Airport bomb hoax

The airport stayed open despite the threats, which later turned out to be a hoax. Credit: ITV West Country

A man from has been charged with making a bomb hoax against Bristol Airport.

38-year-old Robert Boyd-Stevenson from Bristol is in custody, and due at Weston-super-Mare Magistrates' Court today.

He was arrested after threats made against the airport on Saturday.

Banksy's Dismaland tickets: date for next sale announced

Tickets for the Dismaland exhibition sold out in hours last week Credit: ITV News

Organisers have announced when the next batch of tickets for Banksy's Dismaland will go on sale.

The tickets for the Weston-super-Mare theme park will become available on Wednesday.

Sales will begin at 10am and are for tickets for 8th-15th September.

Tickets in the last batch sold out within hours.

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Next ticket sale announced for Banksy's Dismaland

Not such glum news! More ticket's will be available on 2nd September Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

The date for the release of the next batch of Dismaland tickets has been announced.

Last week the site crashed because of high demand, and then, when tickets were made available, they were sold out within 90 minutes.

Now, it's been confirmed that Banksy fans can purchase tickets to the Weston-super-Mare exhibition from 10am on Wednesday.

Here's a link to the website - http://dismaland.co.uk/

Banksy puts the music into his Bemusement Park

DJ Yoda is among artists performing at the former Tropicana tonight Credit: PA

The first live music event will be held at Banksy's Dismaland exhibition in Weston-super-Mare tonight.

Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Yoda and Breakbeat Lou will be performing while visitors see the work of more than 50 artists at the former Tropicana site on the seafront.

There will be music or comedy every Friday night during the five week exhibition at the Bristol artist's so-called Bemusement Park.

Music and art will be on offer to visitors to Banksy's Dismaland tonight Credit: PA

Dog walker knocked unconscious in woods

Police are looking for a man who knocked a woman unconscious while she was walking her dogs in Weston Woods in Somerset.

It happened at lunchtime on Tuesday 18 August.

Officers say a man was walking the other way with a woman who had a baby in a carrier. He asked why the dogs weren’t on a lead and then punched the dog walker in the face, knocking her unconscious.

She was treated for bruises at Weston General Hospital.

The man was white, about 5ft 8ins tall, of broad build, bald and wearing a blue shirt. He spoke with an east European accent.

“There is no excuse for this sort of violence and thankfully we don’t often see this sort of unprovoked assault. I’d ask anyone with any information which can help us identify this man to get in touch through our website contact form or by calling 101, quoting reference 91215/15.”

– Neighbourhood PC 2019 Adam Hingston

Weston General Hospital says it will improve

The trust that runs Weston General Hospital says it has already acted on criticisms from the CQC Credit: ITV News

Staff shortages at Weston-super-Mare's General Hospital are putting patients at risk, that's according to the NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission.

It says there aren't enough senior doctors, meaning medical staff are "under more severe pressure" than they've seen anywhere else.

James Rimmer, the new chief executive of Weston Area NHS Trust, says action has already been taken to improve waits in A and E and bring in extra staff.

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