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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

Stereo Kicks through to next round of the X Factor

Stereo Kicks are staying as an eight-piece band on the show Credit: Twitter/The X Factor

Devon teenager Barclay Beales and his band Stereo Kicks are through to the next round of the X Factor.

The eight-piece boy band was in the bottom two last weekend, staying only when Chloe-Jasmine Whichello lost the sing-off.

But the boys turned it around on Saturday’s show, performing a medley of The Beatles classics “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude”, which was enough to see them straight through to next week.

Their success comes after rumours that at least one member would be made to leave the competition after their mentor Louis Walsh admitted that he never wanted the group to have eight members.

But as he introduced them last night he said “Eight boys, and I did say eight – the ultimate octoband.”

Their performance impressed Simon Cowell, who praised the boys for sticking together and added "Any time you want to leave Louis, and come and join me, I'll mentor you."


Dorset tank stars in Brad Pitt movie

A scene from the film Fury starring a rather large extra from the Tank Museum in Dorset Credit: Columbia Pictures

The new Brad Pitt war film Fury goes on general release today, and one of the other stars of the show is a Sherman Tank supplied by The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset.

Pitt and his five man crew take it into Germany in the last months of the Second World War.

The Museum is holding an exhibition about its role in the film.

Devon's Joss Stone to release Poppy Appeal single

Joss Stone has teamed up with Jeff Beck to record this year's Poppy Appeal single Credit: PA

Devon singer Joss Stone and guitar veteran Jeff Beck have teamed up to record the official Poppy Appeal single for this year.

The duo have recorded a revamped version of the song No Man's Land.

It will be released on 3 November in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

'Baker Street' saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Raphael Ravenscroft, the British musician behind arguably the best-known sax solo in pop-rock history – Gerry Rafferty's hit ‘Baker Street’ – has died at the age of 60. The Exeter-based saxophonist, whose legendary solo on the 1978 track is celebrated the world over, died after being taken into the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital early on Sunday 19 October.

Ravenscroft, born in Stoke-on-Trent on 4th June 1954, found fame almost overnight following the release of Baker Street in the late 70s. He had already appeared on one disco album by Maxine Nightingale, ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (1976), as an arranger but emerged as one of pop-rock’s most prominent saxmen with his enduring eight bar riff that propelled Rafferty's song to chart success and inspired an entire generation of saxophonists.

More recently, Ravenscroft became a celebrated member of his local community in Exeter after he organised a charity gala concert in the summer of 2014 in memory of local schoolgirl Nicole Hartup who died after falling from a wall in May this year.

Raphael Ravenscroft Credit: Scarlett Raven
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