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Fans remember George Michael on what would have been the star's 54th birthday

Fans remember George Michael Credit: Press Association image

Take That's Gary Barlow has remembered singer George Michael on what would have been his 54th birthday.

The singer posted an old photograph of himself posing with Michael to his more than 130,000 Instagram followers with the simple message: "Happy Birthday George".

George Michael died in December last year at the age of 53.

His body was found by his former partner, hairdresser Fadi Fawaz, at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.

Birthday memorial for George Michael Credit: Press Association image

Hundreds of George Michael fans have converged on Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Commemorations have been held at the Catherine Wheel Pub, where he was a regular. Flowers have also been left outside the singer's home.

Fans pay tribute to George Michael as they gather for his birthday.

Beware sun's reflection! After mirror sparks house fire

Fire crews were called to deal with a house fire sparked by a mirror

Fire crews in Oxfordshire have issued a warning to the public after a box of tissues caught fire from the heat caused by the sun reflecting on a mirror.

Firefighters were called to a house in Miller Close in Goring-on-Thames. No-one was injured. People are being reminded to think carefully about how a room is decorated so that mirrors are not put in places where they could be in direct sunlight.

Fire station manager, Chris Barber from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service had this warning:


No end in sight for £2.8 billion rail project that promised faster trains and more seats

Thousands of passengers in the Thames Valley have been told they will have to wait much longer for the faster rail service - and extra seats - that they have been promised.

The ambitious project of electrifying the Great Western Main Line was due to have been completed by 2018. But the Department for Transport now admits it does not know when it will be finished.

On top of this, the cost of the project has almost tripled from £874 million pounds to £2.8 billion.

Rachel Hepworth has been to Goring-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire - one area being developed as part of the project. She spoke to Ian Haslam from the Goring Gap Railway Action Group.