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Government promise over Exeter fire damage

The historic facade of the Royal Clarence Hotel being demolished Credit: ITV News

The MP for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw, has been fighting for help from the Government over the destruction of the Royal Clarence Hotel and surrounding buildings in last Friday's fire.

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Demolition of Exeter hotel due to start at 3pm

Credit: ITV News

This is probably the last photo of Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter still standing.

Our correspondent Seth Conway has been following the situation at the hotel, which was destroyed by fire last week, and says the operation to bring down the remaining building will begin at 3 o'clock today, 2 November.

Exeter's Cathedral Close partially reopens after huge fire

Cathedral Close in Exeter has partially reopened to the public this morning.

Heavy lifting gear has been brought close to what's left of the Royal Clarence Hotel Credit: ITV West Country

The demolition of the fire ravaged Royal Clarence Hotel has yet to begin but is expected to get underway this afternoon.

Exeter Cathedral has also reopened in part and some services are due to take place today.

Demolition vehicle arrives at Royal Clarence Hotel

The demolition vehicle has arrived in Exeter Credit: ITV News

A large demolition vehicle has negotiated its way though the streets of Exeter to the site of the Royal Clarence Hotel. It is now waiting to pull down the hotel, believed to be the first in England, following Friday's fire which burned for much of the weekend. Emergency services are currently preparing to hand over control of the site.

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Fundraising appeal begins for Exeter Hotel

The owners of the hotel say it will be rebuilt Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images

Devon Community Foundation along with Exeter City Council has launched the official Historic Exeter Fire Appeal online to raise funds for the Royal Clarence Hotel which was completely destroyed by fire over the weekend.

The page opened on October the 31st and has seen donations pass £1,200 in less than 24 hours. The page is listed to run for a year with organiser hoping substantial funds will be raised to help with the restoration project.

The Royal Clarence WILL be rebuilt

The owner of the burnt-out Royal Clarence Hotel has promised that it WILL be rebuilt. Andrew Brownsword said it was 'heart-breaking' to see the building now.

The owner says he shared 'a huge sense of loss' Credit: ITV West Country

We have every intention to rebuild the hotel with enormous sympathy to its importance and heritage, and to make it once again a building that the City of Exeter will be proud of.

We have always said we believe we are merely custodians of the buildings our hotels operate within, and we pledge to do our very best to return The Royal Clarence to the city of Exeter and its people.

– Andrew Brownsword CBE, owner

Cordon around Royal Clarence shrinks

The cordon around the fire-ravaged Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter has now been reduced, allowing a number of shops to reopen.

The cordon around the hotel has been reduced Credit: Exeter City Council

The High Street is now shut from House of Fraser to the Guildhall entrance. But it has allowed some businesses to reopen this lunchtime.

Exeter High Street today Credit: ITV West Country

Despite the easing of the cordon, some shops remain closed.

Closed shop in Exeter High St Credit: ITV West Country

Pedestrians can now access the whole of Gandy Street, and a new section of the lower end of the High Street.

As a result, the following businesses can now open: Urban Outfitters, White Co, Burton, Evans, Vision Express, Jigsaw, Anne Summers, Whittards, Shoe Zone, Claires, Prezzo, Phone Customise, Triumph, Millets, White Stuff and Halloween Show.

M&S and Tesco remain closed.

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