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Barclay Beales through to next round in X Factor

Barclay Beales is part of eight-piece boyband Stereo Kicks Credit: ITV News

Devon's X Factor contestant has made it through the first of the live show rounds.

The eight-piece-boyband, now officially named Stereo Kicks, features Barclay Beales who lives in Bow near Crediton,

The band, formed especially for the X-Factor, got through last night's results show, which saw two of the 16 acts exit.

Barclay Beales lives in Bow near Crediton Credit: ITV

Coldplay Chris says no to Freedom of Exeter honour

Chris Martin has turned down the Freedom of Exeter. Credit: Jan Knoff/PA

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has turned down the Freedom of his home town - saying he doesn't deserve it.

The civic honour would give Chris, 37, permission to drive his livestock through the city centre of Exeter and draw his sword in public.

But the singer, who was born in Whitestone on the outskirts of Exeter, says he isn't ready for the award, that dates back to the 13th century.

Previous recipients include Admiral Lord Nelson.

Exeter City Council contacted the musician after an internet campaign was launched to mark his achievement.

He has said he would like to be considered for the award but not at the moment as he hasn't yet done enough for the city.

– Exeter City Council spokesman


Campaign to bring Foo Fighters to Cornwall reaches £250,000

Campaign to bring Foo Fighters to Cornwall grows bigger Credit: Foo Fighters

A campaign to bring the rock band Foo Fighters to Cornwall has now reached a quarter of a million pounds.

It was set up by the promoters of the Live at Heartlands music festival, who hope the American band will add Cornwall to their UK tour next summer.

Foo Fighters fund reaches £170,000

Crowd funding campaign aims to get the band to Cornwall Credit: Foo Fighters

More than £170,000 has been raised by the crowd funding campaign which is trying to get the rock group Foo Fighters to Cornwall.

The promoters behind the campaign, Angela Young and James Warner, have vowed to "show the world what an awesome location [Cornwall] this is to host one of the biggest bands in the world".


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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