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Bob Geldof talks Band Aid anniversary

Bob Geldof performed with his band The Boomtown Rats in Exeter last night (Sunday 9 November) amid speculation that he's planning a new record to commemorate 30 years since Band Aid. His passion to help remains the same but a song hasn't yet been agreed.

It's 30 years almost to the week of the first record so there's a lot of pressure on me to do something but there has to be a purpose, I'm not interested in nostalgia I'm not really interested in talking about the past, never mind looking at it, there ain't no rear view mirror in this car so it has to be now.

– Bob Geldof


Stereo Kicks X Factor performance interrupted

Stereo Kicks made it through to the next round of the X Factor last night. The eight strong boy band, which includes Devon's Barclay Beales, was successful despite an unscheduled interuption by comedian Lee Nelson. He invaded the stage and joined in only to be escorted off by a security guard.

You can watch the performance below - Nelson's stunt is at 1:15:

Thousands expected at tonight's tar barrel rolling

Adults from the Devonshire village of Ottery St Mary carry the traditional Tar Barrel through the streets of the village on Bonfire night. Credit: PA

Thousands of people are expected to watch the ancient tradition of tar barrel rolling tonight.

Every year, people run through the streets of Ottery St Mary carrying flaming barrels on their shoulders. It is thought to date from the time of the Black Death, when it was designed to scare off rats that carried the plague.

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Glastonbury founded Michael Eavis honoured

Emily and Michael Eavis. Credit: PA

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has been honoured at a star-studded awards ceremony for his outstanding contribution to live music in the UK.

The 79-year-old, who runs the festival at Worthy Farm with his daughter Emily, founded it in 1970 and it is now one of the most famous music events in the world.

He said: "After crawling through a hole in the hedge to take a peep at Freddie Bannister's Bath Blues Festival in 1970, I can't believe that 44 years of semi-controlled chaos has led to me receiving this prestigious award. Thank you all so much."

Many of the acts who have performed over the years sent messages paying tribute to Eavis.

Damon Albarn - who has performed with his bands Blur and Gorillaz - saying: "I'd like to thank you for your husbandry of the musical health of the British Isles and far further afield."

Lily Allen performing on Glastonbury's famous Pyramid Stage. Credit: PA

Lily Allen, who has been going the festival since she was a child before performing many years later, said: "Your festival is literally better than Christmas. I love you, you have made the world a bearable place."

Previous winners of the accolade at the annual Music Industry Trusts Awards include Sir Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kylie Minogue.


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Mourners arrive at Lynda Bellingham's funeral

Friends, family and former colleagues from the world of entertainment have been arriving at St Bartholomew's Church in Crewkerne, Somerset to pay tribute to the actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham. She died last month at the age of 66 after a long battle with cancer.

Here are some of the pictures

Lynda Bellingham makes her final journey through Crewkerne Credit: PA
Michael Pattemore (front left), son Robert (front right) and her step-son Bradley (second from left) carry the coffin of Lynda Bellingham into St Bartholomew's Church Credit: PA
Michael Bellingham, son of the late Lynda Bellingham, is hugged as he arrives for the funeral of his mother at St Bartholomew's Church Credit: PA
Actress Julia Sawalha (second left) was among those who paid their respects Credit: PA
Christopher Biggins was among those who made the journey to Crewkerne Credit: PA
Jane McDonald (second left), Andrea McLean (third right) and Kate Thornton (right) came to pay tribute to their "Loose Women" colleague Credit: PA
Fellow actor Robert Lindsay was among the mourners Credit: PA
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes also came to Somerset to say farewell to Lynda Bellingham Credit: PA
And many more mourners came to the church to pay tribute to Lynda Bellingham Credit: PA

Barclay Beales survives to sing another week

Barclay Beales and Stereo Kicks perform in the sing off Credit: ITV/X Factor

Boyband Stereo Kicks, which features Barclay Beales from Bow, near Crediton in Devon, have survived a second sing-off in ITV's X Factor.

Louis Walsh and Mel B opted to send home Lola Saunders, while Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell chose to get rid of the group

It meant the decision was thrown back to the public vote, with Lola losing out.

After the sing-off Louis, who mentors Stereo Kicks, said: "It was an amazing sing off. I love Lola and Stereo Kicks you sang your heart out."

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Final farewell for actress Lynda Bellingham

The funeral of Lynda Bellingham is due to take place in Somerset Credit: PA

The friends and family of Lynda Bellingham will gather today to say goodbye to the actress who died last month.

Her husband, Michael Pattemore, and friends from the world of television will pay tribute to the star at her funeral in the Somerset town of Crewkerne.

The actress, best known for her long-running role as the mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had colon cancer which later spread to her lungs and liver.

She was diagnosed with cancer last July and said she decided to end her treatment to limit the amount of suffering her family would witness.

I can tell you now that the words on her gravestone will be 'The curtain went up on May 31 1948, and the final curtain went down on October 19 2014'.

– Michael Pattemore, Lynda Bellingham's husband
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