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CORNISH Pirates back rower Alex Cheesman admits he is “completely gutted” to have been forced to retire after suffering a series of concussions last season. The 29-year-old, who joined the Pirates from Loughborough Students in 2012, has never fully recovered from the last of the knocks to the head that he took in the opening …

FOR THE first time, the four Victoria Crosses awarded to members of the Tank Corps in World War One will be brought together and put on display. The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, has managed to secure them all and will unveil them on Monday, August 6 in a special exhibition. The museum owns one …

ENVIRONMENTAL charity Surfers against Sewage is set to benefit from a collaboration between a bespoke brewery and a supermarket giant to turn bread into beer. The team will then donate some of the the profits to fund the charity’s beach clean-up campaign. Tiny Rebel Brewery has teamed up with Iceland to make the most of …

CHIN chin! A pioneering West Country company is standing up to be counted with a new type of holiday getaway. The Stand Up Paddle Board company and a bespoke Scottish gin producer have joined forces to offer adventure travellers a unique type of Highlands trip – a gin and stand-up paddle boarding micro-adventure. Devon-based SUP …

THE BIGGEST coastal defence project yet undertaken by the Environment Agency in the West Country will help save thousands of homes from flooding as well as rescue a famous dune system rich in wildlife, say its creators. To help make it all happen a giant 460-metre long “sausage” was filled with local sand and covered …

A TEAM of four are tackling the Jurassic Coast – with a twist. Instead of walking or running the route, they will be racing an ocean rowing boat 60km in the sea below the cliffs, to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The team, named Atlantic Discovery, are doing the Jurassic Coast Challenge in …

ONE OF the West Country’s favourite stars has been enlisted to teach children about history’s real-life heroes. Actor, comedian and writer Edward Rowe – better known as Kernow King – has been enthralling school children with tales of the past with the help of Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service. Using copies of original …

FILM-maker Yazmin Joy Vigus has looked to her roots to inspire a new short movie putting a modern twist on West Country legends. After a series of personal and professional setbacks, Yazmin decided to channel her frustrations into a short film script entitled Mermaids and, having created a trailer and attracted an award-winning team to …