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Lynton & Lynmouth's iconic funicular turns 125

Princess Anne first visited the attraction in 2006 after a recommendation by her father Credit: ITV West Country

The Princess Royal will visit Lynton and Lynmouth's iconic cliff railway today to begin its 125th anniversary celebrations.

Princess Anne will meet descendants of the Marks family and the Jones brothers - the funicular's original design engineer and builder. The counter-balanced railway has become a popular attraction - and will carry tourists up the cliff for free tomorrow as part of the celebrations.

The Princess Royal first visited in 2006 after hearing about it from her father, Prince Phillip.


North Devon businesses join forces to promote the area

North Devon businesses join forces to promote the area Credit: ITV Westcountry

More than 200 North Devon businesses have raised £107,000 to help towards marketing the district this year.

Most councils across the region have withdrawn funding for tourism marketing from this season and so North Devon has formed its own Marketing Bureau paid for by local businesses who've stepped in to fill the gap.

The Bureau was launched this morning in Woolacombe, voted the UK's best beach by Tripadvisor reviews.

A lorry has also been decorated with a large image of Westward Ho! at sunset which will advertise the area as it travels around the country.

North Devon businesses join forces to promote the area Credit: ITV Westcountry

North Devon family raising money for heart tests

It's a simple test that can make the difference between life and death for healthy young people.

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome is normally traced to heart defects in teenagers and people in their twenties.

One family from North Devon, who lost a son to the condition, are raising money to ensure more young people get screened.

Seth Conway spoke to Brenda Luckett and John Luckett about their story.

Swan shot in head with metal pellet

Swan shot in the head with metal pellet Credit: RSPCA

A swan has been rescued in North Devon after a metal pellet was found in its head.

The RSPCA caught the adult male swan on Wrafton pond in Braunton last month. Staff found he had an air rifle pellet lodged in his bill.

The swan was then taken to RSPCA West Hatch in Taunton, Somerset, to be treated and has been returned to the pond.

Swan found with air rifle pellet lodged in his bill Credit: RSPCA

This poor swan had an air rifle pellet embedded on the fleshy lump at the base of his upper mandible.

We have been told that this swan is one half of a mating pair and has been for many years and they have reared numerous cygnets together so it is lovely to be able to reunite them just in time for breeding season.

– Deputy chief inspector Anthony Frow

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the RSPCA inspector line on 0300 123 8018.


A39 near Bideford closed after lorry overturns

There's been a serious collision between a car and a log-carrying lorry on the A39 near Bideford in North Devon.

The lorry has overturned, shedding its load of logs across the carriage way.

Police and other emergency services are at the scene. Paramedics treated the car driver at the scene and he has been taken to North Devon District Hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

The road closed has been closed at Westleigh and Roundswell, and is expected to remain closed for most of the day.

Man's miracle escape after 200ft car plunge

A man's had a miracle escape after his car plunged off the road and into a 200 foot deep valley in North Devon.

The accident happened in Brayford at 11am this morning. A Sea King helicopter, an air ambulance and fire crews were all involved in the rescue.

Our correspondent Seth Conway was there as the driver was airlifted to safety:

"Miracle escape" for driver in cliff fall

The car is thought to have fallen 200ft Credit: ITV

The driver of a car which came off the road and plunged down a valley in North Devon has had what the police call a "miraculous escape".

The 53 year old local man was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after his car was discovered at the bottom of what the emergency services believe was a 200ft drop.

He is thought to be suffering only from a few broken ribs, and is being kept in overnight for observation.

Video: helicopter attends crash scene

A major rescue was launched after a car careered off the road and landed 100ft down a valley in North Devon.

The vehicle was spotted off the A399 near Mocham Down Gate. Paramedics discovered the driver was alive but trapped inside the car.

An air ambulance, a Sea King helicopter and firefighters worked to free the driver, who is thought to have life changing, possibly life-threatening injuries.

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