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Enchanted Somerset forest takes action as 'fairy doors' become 'out of control'

Fairy doors at Wayford Woods, Crewkerne Credit: SWNS

Wayford Woods in Crewkerne, Somerset, have issued an appeal to fairy house builders to tone it down, after more than a 100 fairy doors appeared.

The woods, now known as the 'Fairy Woods', have been delighting children for the past few years, after the first little door appeared at the bottom of a tree.

Families have flocked to the enchanted woods to see the doors of the homes of the fairies and leave little messages but there are now concerns about the damage to the woodland area these human visitors are creating.

A group of volunteer trustees is appealing for people not to screw any more doors directly to trees and to avoid over-decorating.

Fairy doors at Wayford Woods, Crewkerne Credit: SWNS

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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
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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

Flotilla honours South West's Normandy veterans

The region's D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations have finished in style this afternoon.

Veterans of the Normandy landings were guests of honour as a flotilla of a hundred boats paid them a nautical tribute.

The men were onboard the historic World War 2 vessel The Fairmile as it sailed across Tor Bay flanked by HMS Pembroke:

Nautical tribute to Normandy veterans in Torbay

The region's D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations have finished in style this afternoon.

Veterans of the Normandy landings were guests of honour as a flotilla of a hundred boats paid them a nautical tribute.

The men were onboard the historic World War 2 vessel The Fairmile as it sailed across Tor Bay flanked by HMS Pembroke.

Royal Navy Cmdr Tom Herman says the bay was an important port:

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Flotilla to honour Normandy veterans in Torbay

Normandy veterans on the Fairmile will take the salute from the flotilla. Credit: ITV News / Seth Conway

Normandy veterans will take the salute in Torbay harbour today (2pm) as more than 100 vessels form a flotilla in their honour.

The men who fought on D-Day will be on board the historic WW2 ship The Fairmile for the sail past. It's the Royal Navy's tribute to the veterans and forms the centrepiece of today's commemorations.

Veterans board the Fairmile ahead of this afternoon's salute. Credit: ITV News / Seth Conway

Never seen footage of D-Day training in North Devon

As the 70th anniversary commemorations for D-Day continue across the region, ITV News has some exclusive footage of US Troops training in North Devon.

The film was made for American military leaders to show their preparations ahead of an Operation. It had been in a private archive until now. Our Correspondent Seth Conway reports:

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