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Thousands of music fans descend on Looe

It's the fourth year running for Looe Festival Credit: ITV News

Thousands of music fans are in Looe this weekend for Cornwall's second largest festival.

Ninety acts, including the Changing Room and the Polperro Fishermen's Choir as well as headliners Squeeze and Frank Turner will be playing.

It's the fourth year running for the festival, which is bigger than ever. The original idea was to help lengthen the tourist season.

The fancy dress theme this year is Celts and Cowboys and it's lovely to see everybody walking around town, having a great time, and really showing Looe at its best and helping our local economy, I think."

– Tanya Brittain, Festival Organiser

Rocks play music controlled by the weather

You might think that rocks playing music that's controlled by the weather sounds strange. And it is according to those on Portland who've been experiencing it this week.

They also say it's very beautiful and thought provoking. It's one of a series of art installations around the island.

Our Dorset Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:

Plymouth-born actor Donald Sinden dies

Theatre and film actor Sir Donald Sinden has died at his home aged 90.

Sir Donald made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and also had more than 70 credits for film and TV productions since the late 1940s to now.

He had been battling prostate cancer over several years and his death, just weeks before his 91st birthday, has been described as a "huge loss" by his family.

He was born in Plymouth, Devon, in October 1923


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Tributes to Sir Donald Sinden

He was one of the most popular and well-loved actors of his generation. Sir Donald Sinden, who lived in Kent, has died at the age of 90. The Shakespearean actor had suffered from cancer for several years.

He was also well known for film, stage and TV roles. His son, Marc, said that although they knew the end was coming, Sir Donald's death was "a huge loss to his family" but that they appreciated the care given to him by the Pilgrims Hospice. David Johns looks back on the actor's life, speaking to neighbour Dave McKean and theatre manager Juliet Mander.

Live at Heartlands: Redruth hosts major music festival

The Live at Heartlands line up includes UB40, the The Boomtown Rats and Happy Mondays.

5000 people are expected at a new music festival in West Cornwall.

The Live at Heartlands line up includes UB40, the The Boomtown Rats and Happy Mondays. The three day festival is the first major event to be staged at the forming mining site in Pool.

Organiser Angela Young told ITV News that it signals a renaissance for the Duchy's music scene.

We lost the Cornwall Colosseum about fifteen years ago and since then we haven't had the venue for these kind of bands so the idea of the fesitval is to provide a venue where band can come down and reach their Cornish audience again.

– Angela Young, organiser

UB40 haven't played Cornwall in 30 years. Also in the line up is Fun Lovin' Criminals drummer Frank Benbini with his band Radio Riddler.

It's great to be in Cornwall, we were very excited when we got this gig booked. It's a beautiful part of the world.

– Frank Benbini, Radio Riddler

Rocks play music controlled by weather on Portland

People on Portland are being entertained and intrigued by a series of art installations. At the Bill, a computer is translating weather into music. Speakers hidden among the rocks play different sounds according to the conditions. It's part of the B-Side festival.

You can hear a snippet of the musical rocks below:

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