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First Bus will accept Western Greyhound passes

Bus company First Kernow will accept Western Greyhound tickets and passes on all its services after the company has reportedly ceased trading.

We don't want to see bus users left out of pocket.

We'll be accepting all Western Greyhound tickets on our bus services over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, we are working with our Cornwall Council partners to provide replacement services as soon as possible.

– Alex Carter, Managing Director of First Kernow

Cornwall bus operator goes bust

A major bus operator in Cornwall has gone out of business.

Drivers for Western Greyhound Ltd arrived for work this morning at the company depot in Summercourt to be told they were being made redundant.

One told ITV News that he had arrived at 5.30am to be given a notice of redundancy by management.

He said there had been no suggestion that the redundancies were imminent and he hadn't been paid for this month.

In the letter to staff seen by ITV News, Managing Director Michael Bishop said:

"Our focus is to pay all outstanding monies to each member of staff as soon as possible.

We are in immediate discussions with other operators to try and secure as many jobs as possible."

Mr Bishop took over the company in December last year.

He cited problems paying a large insurance bill as the reason for the closure.


Reports that Western Greyhound have ceased trading

Uncertainty over bus company's future Credit: ITV West Country

There's uncertainty this morning over the future of the Cornish bus company Western Greyhound.

It's understood drivers turning up this morning weren't able to get in to work. Senior management are thought to be briefing staff at the Summercourt depot now. First Bus are accepting Western Greyhound passes.

Motorhead will return to Cornwall

Motorhead return to Cornwall for the first time in 32 years Credit: PA: David Crane/Zuma Press

Motorhead will play at this year's Eden Sessions when they return to Cornwall for the first time in 32 years.

The Grammy winners have been announced as the latest headliner act for the Eden Project festival, joining Elton John and Ben Howard on the bill.

We are thrilled beyond words to be able to announce a band that will rock the Biomes in a way the Sessions have never heard before. This is a totally unique show and our first-ever hard rock Session.

Lemmy once said that if Motorhead moved in next door, your lawn will die. We'll have to counsel the plants before he breaks into Ace Of Spades.

To have the Stranglers as special guests promises a loud, proud and never-to-be-forgotten Session.

– Rita Broe, Eden's marketing director

Cornish language funding secured

Cornwall Council has welcomed today's pledge from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that he will ensure that the Government will continue to provide financial support for the Cornish Language Partnership.

The Government had previously said that it would not fund the Cornish Language beyond the current programme which ends on 31 March 2015.

This is good news and we look forward to receiving details of the amount of money we will receive.

We put forward a case for continued government support which explained the importance of the language to Cornish distinctiveness and therefore to the people and the economy of Cornwall.

– Julian German, the Chair of the Cornish Language Partnership


St Piran's Day Celebrations

Saint Piran's Flag Credit: PA: Tim Ireland

Thousands of people throughout Cornwall will celebrate St Piran, the Patron Saint of Cornwall today.

Events are taking place across the county including a parade in Truro at 1pm starting from St George's Road.

The Penzance St Piran festival, one of the largest in Cornwall, will begin at 10am with a procession at the top of Causewayhead.

Will you be celebrating? Tweet a picture to @itvwestcountry

Massive surf scheduled for Cornwall's north coast

Swell in some places is over 30ft Credit:

Gale force winds and some of the biggest waves in the world are hitting the West Country coast.

The giant swells come after the so-called 'supertide' surges at the weekend.

Post your photos of any big breakers or brave surfers on our Facebook page and they could be featured in our programme tonight.

Tsunami victim's mother raises money for Cornish aid charity

A mother whose daughter died in the Tsunami that devastated South East Asia more than ten years ago has held a fund raising event for one of the charities who responded to the disaster, Cornish-based ShelterBox.

Wendy Perry, from Truro, says it's a fitting memorial to her daughter who was always willing to help others.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports:

Today's rugby results

A hat-trick of West Country wins.

Exeter Chiefs won 32-21 at Harlequins in the Premiership. Henry Slade scored one try, six penalties and two conversions. Ben White also crossed.

In the Championship, Plymouth Albion beat Jersey 18-17, while the Pirates won 16-14 at Nottingham last night.

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