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Memorial service held for poem

The memorial service was held at Polzeath Credit: ITV News

Some of the most famous lines written about war have been honoured at a memorial service in Cornwall a hundred years to the day since they were published.

Laurence Binyon wrote his poem 'For the Fallen' while on the cliffs looking out to sea at Polzeath..

"Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them."

West Country beaches lost tonnes of sand over winter

Hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted at Perranporth Credit: ITV News

Beaches in the West Country lost thousands of tonnes of sand after last winter's storms and could take years to recover, according to a new report.

Those in Cornwall fared the worst in the country, with the tiny village of Beesands particularly affected.

Over the winter, hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted to protect the Watering Hole pub which is on the beach at Perranporth.

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Friends pay tribute at Bart's Bash sailing day

Thousands have taken part in the largest sailing race in the world today, in memory of Olympic Champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

The father of two from Sherborne in Dorset died while training for the America's Cup in May last year.

Today more than fourteen thousand sailors from sixty five countries took part in the inaugural "Bart's Bash", including his four-year-old son Freddie and sailing partner Iain Percy.

We'll have a special report on Meridian Tonight tomorrow at 6pm.

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World record attempt in memory of Olympic champion

Andrew "Bart" Simpson receives his MBE in 2009 Credit: PA

A Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest sailing race in the world is taking place at venues all around the south coast.

Bart's Bash has been organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

It will feature more than 13 thousand sailors and has so far raised more than one hundred thousand pounds for the charity.

Andrew Simpson(right) with his team mate Iain Percy at London 2012 Credit: PA
Andrew's close friend Sir Ben Ainslie is backing Bart's Bash Credit: PA

Olympic gold and silver medalist sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, died in an America's Cup training accident last year.

Over 550 sailing venues in more than 50 countries are so far signed up to take part in Bart's Bash including a number across Dorset, Hampshire, Kent and Sussex.

As Bart's closest and oldest friends, Sir Ben Ainslie and two-time Olympic champion sailor Iain Percy are spearheading the Bart's Bash crusade.


Record attempt in memory of Andrew Simpson

The event is being held in memory of Andrew Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

A record-breaking bid in memory of Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson is being held in Weymouth.

More than 13,000 sailors have signed up from 750 clubs in 65 countries for the first ever Bart’s Bash, which is aiming to set a record for the largest sailing event in the world.

The event is in memory of Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who was killed while training for the America's Cup in May 2013.

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