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Artist's Oxo cube tribute to Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham will be buried in Somerset tomorrow Credit: Nathan Wyburn

An artist has created an original tribute to late presenter Lynda Bellingham, whose funeral will take place in Somerset tomorrow, made entirely from beef Oxo cubes and water. Nathan Wyburn, 23 is also known as the 'toast artist' after performing on Britain’s Got Talent.

It took me just over two hours to complete the portrait using 10 OXO cubes dissolved in water to get the correct consistency.

I had received several messages via social media suggesting I create the tribute portrait – it seemed so fitting.

Lynda was such a cheerful woman, I’m certain she would have seen the fun and humour in the work.

– NATHAN WYBURN, ARTIST

Presenter Lynda Bellingham died earlier this month at the age of sixty-six after battling colon cancer. She was widely known for her role in the Oxo family TV adverts that ran between 1983 and 1999.

Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset

Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset Credit: PA

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who lost her battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 66 is to be buried in Somerset. Lynda was married to Michael Pattemore from Crewkerne who bought the couple a plot for them both.

Lynda has chronicled her final months living with cancer in her book There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You, which will be published next week.

In her memoirs, she writes: “Does one choose a funeral with hymns and prayers that suit only the deceased? Surely part of the mourning process is for the loved ones left behind? Should they not be allowed some say?

“Michael thinks it would be great for our friend Peter Delaney, the vicar who married us, to come down to Somerset – Michael’s old stomping ground and a place we love – and conduct the service there.

“I say: ‘I wouldn’t expect everyone to have to come all the way down here to pay their respects. I want a tribute, or something that is nice and handy and anyone who fancies coming in and saying goodbye can do so easily, not have to get on a train for three hours.’

“We have reached a compromise, I think, and there will be a service in Somerset and a knees-up in London. So if you are passing, do drop in for a quick boogie.”

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Ambulance involved in crash on A30 in Somerset

An ambulance was involved in a crash that closed the A30 Yeovil Road in Crewkerne for more than an hour.

It happened at 5.30pm this evening (Thursday 4 September) between the South Western Ambulance and a car near Ashlands Road.

Police and the ambulance service's rapid response vehicle were called to the scene.

The South Western Ambulance Service says a paramedic checked the occupants and nobody was hurt.

A spokesperson said that the ambulance in the crash was not on its way to an incident at the time.

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

D-Day remembered in Torquay

Veterans lay wreath at Torquay harbour Credit: ITV News West Country

Veterans of D-Day marked the 70th anniversary with a wreath laying at Torquay harbour. The members of the Normandy Veterans Assn Torbay branch say they'll continue as a club despite the national organisation finishing after this year's commemorations.

Torquay museum holds special exhibition Credit: ITV News West Country

Torbay will be holding events across the weekend to mark D-Day. Torquay museum also has a special exhibition.

Original map of Normandy landing beaches Credit: ITV News West Country

The centre piece of the exhibition is an original map of the Normandy landing beaches that was given along with other top secret documents to the commanders of each landing craft.

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