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Open letter is sent in support of stadium campaign

Bill Beaumont, chair of the RFU, is among those who signed the open letter about Cornwall stadium Credit: PA

Business leaders in Cornwall and representatives from the world of sport are urging the local council to support plans for a stadium for the county.

They've signed an open letter to all members of Cornwall Council, urging them to back an application for a supermarket, which is considered crucial for funding the development.

Among the signatories are Bill Beaumont, the Chairman of the RFU, the Grand Bard of Cornwall and the Chairman of Truro's Chairman of Commerce.

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Business leaders back stadium plans for Cornwall

Business leaders in Cornwall and representatives from the world of sport are urging the local council to support plans for a Stadium for the county.

They've signed an open letter to all members of the County Council, urging them to back an application for a supermarket which is considered crucial for funding the development. Among the signatories are Bill Beaumont, the Chairman of the RFU, the Grand Bard of Cornwall and the Chairman of Truro's Chairman of Commerce,

Redevelopment starts at Taunton County Ground

A major piece of Somerset's cricketing history is being demolished. The pavilion and the St James Stand at the County Ground in Taunton are nearing the end of their lives and are being replaced at a cost of £3.8 million pounds. The new buildings will bring the club to a standard at which it could host one-day internationals.

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Friends pay tribute at Bart's Bash sailing day

Thousands have taken part in the largest sailing race in the world today, in memory of Olympic Champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

The father of two from Sherborne in Dorset died while training for the America's Cup in May last year.

Today more than fourteen thousand sailors from sixty five countries took part in the inaugural "Bart's Bash", including his four-year-old son Freddie and sailing partner Iain Percy.

We'll have a special report on Meridian Tonight tomorrow at 6pm.

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World record attempt in memory of Olympic champion

Andrew "Bart" Simpson receives his MBE in 2009 Credit: PA

A Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest sailing race in the world is taking place at venues all around the south coast.

Bart's Bash has been organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

It will feature more than 13 thousand sailors and has so far raised more than one hundred thousand pounds for the charity.

Andrew Simpson(right) with his team mate Iain Percy at London 2012 Credit: PA
Andrew's close friend Sir Ben Ainslie is backing Bart's Bash Credit: PA

Olympic gold and silver medalist sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, died in an America's Cup training accident last year.

Over 550 sailing venues in more than 50 countries are so far signed up to take part in Bart's Bash including a number across Dorset, Hampshire, Kent and Sussex.

As Bart's closest and oldest friends, Sir Ben Ainslie and two-time Olympic champion sailor Iain Percy are spearheading the Bart's Bash crusade.

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Record attempt in memory of Andrew Simpson

The event is being held in memory of Andrew Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

A record-breaking bid in memory of Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson is being held in Weymouth.

More than 13,000 sailors have signed up from 750 clubs in 65 countries for the first ever Bart’s Bash, which is aiming to set a record for the largest sailing event in the world.

The event is in memory of Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who was killed while training for the America's Cup in May 2013.

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