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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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Taunton's Pip Andersen to star in Star Wars

Pip Andersen set to star in Star Wars Credit: ITV News West Country

Unknown Somerset actor Pip Andersen has landed a starring role in the new Star Wars Film following open auditions which attracted thousands of hopefuls.

Taunton's Pip Andersen, 23, is an expert in the gravity-defying sport of parkour and recently showcased his skill at jumping across rooftops in a Sony Spider-Man commercial.

Also selected is Crystal Clarke is a US actress who is studying in Glasgow and will be seen in her first feature, The Moon And The Sun, which stars Pierce Brosnan, next year.

It is not yet known what roles the pair will play in JJ Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII.

Around 37,000 hopefuls attended open castings in 11 cities across the US and UK, while more than 30,000 submitted applications online.

Lucasfilm president and president Kathleen Kennedy said: "The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition.

"We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film."

Excitement builds for Polo on the Beach

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Sun is shining at the Watergate Bay Hotel, let's keep it going for the Polo on the Beach this afternoon. You should be here!

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Glastonbury: Rudimental cut short by lightning strike

Rudimental on the Pyramid Stage before being cut short by a storm.
Rudimental on the Pyramid Stage before being cut short by a storm. Credit: PA

Rudimental's Glastonbury set has been cut short by a thunder and lightning storm that hit the Pyramid Stage as they were performing.

Organisers were forced to pull the plug on the London drum 'n' bass act after the storm interrupted their rendition of Waiting All Night.

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Glastonbury Festival-goers embrace rain and mud

In keeping with Glastonbury tradition, visitors to the famous music festival have been met with damp, rainy conditions on Friday as the Kaiser Chiefs opened the event in a surprise set.

The rain and mud is not deterring festival-goers at Glastonbury.
The rain and mud is not deterring festival-goers at Glastonbury. Credit: ITV News
Revellers take to their waterproofs at the famous event. Credit: ITV News
Music-lovers embrace the wet weather ahead of tonight's performances.
Music-lovers embrace the wet weather ahead of tonight's performances. Credit: ITV News

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Wellies and waterproofs are out for Glastonbury rain

Festival-goers ran for shelter and were forced to wear their waterproofs as rain hit Glastonbury this afternoon.

A succession of short bursts of heavy showers sent music fans into tents and marquees as they sought cover after enjoying warm sunshine this morning.

Today, more people were trickling onto the site already wearing their rain gear in preparation for the expected forecast. Credit: PA
Some created makeshift shelters from whatever came to hand while others wore colourful headgear with small umbrellas attached to the top. Credit: PA

Heavy showers are expected to continue for the rest of the day and forecasters have warned that festival-goers could see the site resembling one of its legendary mud bath years.

Forecasters have warned that festival-goers could see the site resembling one of its legendary mud bath years. Credit: PA

Tomorrow's first official day of music will see Elbow, Lily Allen and Rudimental perform on the Pyramid Stage ahead of headliners Arcade Fire.

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Glastonbury: Heavy rain 'means wellies required'

Frequent showers are expected on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Frequent showers are expected on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Glastonbury revellers are being warned to bring wellies with forecasters expecting dry weather today and tomorrow to be followed by heavy showers across the weekend.

The recent fine spell is set to break and the predicted rain could turn the festival into a mud bath as thousands of revellers tread the site.

John Griffiths, a forecaster with Meteogroup, said: "If it was just a few showers the hard ground would make it drain off. But after three days worth of rain it will probably get quite muddy, I suspect."

Mr Griffiths said today and tomorrow will be cloudy with sunny intervals and temperatures of around 20C (68F), while at night it will drop to around 10C or 11C (50F or 51.8F).

But showery rain on Friday is expected to preclude frequent outbursts of rain throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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