Damien Hirst with his work 'I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds 2006

Damien Hirst to publish autobiography

Controversial artist Damien Hirst is reported to have signed up Rolling Stone Keith Richards' ghost-writer to work on his autobiography.

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Tall Ships Regatta begins in Falmouth

Tall ships come to Falmouth
Tall ships come to Falmouth Credit: ITV West Country

Some of the world's most beautiful sailing vessels are gathered in Falmouth tonight for the Tall Ships Regatta.

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit over the next four days, bringing a £12 million boost to the local economy. It's the first time since 2008 that the event's come to Cornwall.


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Somerset song released to tempt the tourists back

by David Woodland

A singer from Somerset has released a song to try to attract people back to the county following last winter's floods. Sarah Randle's 'Land of the Summer People' shows off some of Somerset's most beautiful spots. It follows complaints from businesses that people outside the county believe Somerset is still damaged by the floods and not worth visiting.

Red Arrows thrill the crowds at Minehead Festival

The RAF Red Arrows have been performing at the Minehead Festival in Somerset this afternoon. The town is packed with people watching air displays over the seafront.

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Red Arrows in the skies over Minehead, Somerset. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys
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The displays are taking place over the seafront to packed crowds. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys
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The sunny weather has made for ideal flying conditions for the RAF display team. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys


British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth

Fireworks at their best. Credit: PA

The British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth got underway last night. Now in their 19th year, tens of thousands of people gathered on the Hoe to see four tonnes of fireworks light up Plymouth Sound. Six of the UK's top pyrotechnics companies will be vying to see who's best over two nights of competition.

Plymouth prepares for fireworks spectacular

Tens of thousands of people are expected to line The Hoe Credit: ITV Westcountry

Final preparations are taking place ahead of the annual British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth tonight.

Now in it's 19th year, it will take place over two days where thousands of people to see more than four tonnes of fireworks light up the city sky and Plymouth Sound.

Injury's no rib-tickler for comedian Dawn French

by Bob Cruwys

Westcountry comedian Dawn French has been bringing laughter to audiences across the country over the last couple of months with her first ever one-woman stage show.

But while she's left people rolling in the aisles poor Dawn has been in agony. At her home in Cornwall she revealed she's been battling through the pain of three cracked ribs.

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