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Bristol Proms organisers want change of image

Bristol Proms is taking place at the Old Vic
Bristol Proms is taking place at the Old Vic Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the Bristol Proms say they want to get rid of the fuddy-duddy image of classical music. This event is taking place all this week at the Old Vic and people are being encouraged to talk, drink and even clap when they want during songs. Tom Morris is the Artistic Director at Bristol Old Vic:


Mother, whose daughter died from mad cow disease criticises report

Claire McVey died from CJD at 15 years-old
Claire McVey died from CJD at 15 years-old Credit: ITV News West Country

The mother of a girl who died after being treated for the human form of mad cow disease at Frenchay hospital has welcomed a new report criticising the Government's approach to variant CJD. Annie McVey's daughter Claire died at the age of fifteen. A report by a committee of MPs says there is still a risk of the disease being transmitted by blood transfusion and during surgery and warns the Government has developed a casual attitude to the illness.

1 in 3 in South West struggling for food

Picture of  food bank as 1 in 3 people in the south west struggle for food
1/3 people in South West struggling for food Credit: ITV News West Country

Almost a third of people in the South West are struggling to afford food. That's according to a report by a debt management company. The findings will be officially announced as part of a debt summit in Bristol today. They say an increase in the cost of living and energy bills are to blame.



Heavily pregnant woman rescued from waist deep mud

A heavily pregnant woman got stuck to her waist in mud and had to be rescued in Weston Super Mare, firefighters said.

A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: "A woman, thought to be eight months pregnant, her partner and a young girl aged around seven, were...assisted to safety. The woman was stuck up to her waist in the mud."

They were among eight people who had to be rescued by Avon Fire and Rescue Service's hovercraft at the popular tourist resort today.

Arnos Vale Cemetery celebrates 175th anniversary

One of Bristol's best loved green spaces makred its 175th anniversary this weekend. Arnos Vale Cemetery is open to the public and over the years has become a place of fun and activity. But it hasn't always been that way. In fact it spent years being neglected - at one point even threatened with closure and the land sold for development. Laura Makin-Isherwood has its story:

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