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IF YOU’VE not been on holiday for a year or two, steel yourself for a nasty surprise when you go to get your travel cash. Exchange rates are pretty rubbish these days so don’t expect loads of euros or dollars for your hard-earned dough. Exchange rates are one of those things in life that people …

TWO WEST Country colleges have starring roles in a prestigious national theatre showcase. Cornwall College and St Brendan’s Sixth Form College from Bristol have been selected to stage a new play at the National Theatre as part of its 2018 Connections Festival, which takes place on June 26-30. Cornwall College will perform The Changing Room, …

A STEAM locomotive has returned to Britain’s most southerly heritage railway for the first time in more than half a century. Railway enthusiasts were out in force to watch the first steam passenger train in 56 years travel the restored section of the former Helston branch line. The original eight-and-a-half-mile line, which was the southernmost …

CRICKET legend Ian Botham is back on the tee in the West Country. Sir Ian’s ‘Beefy’s Charity Foundation Golf’ visits on Wednesday as the former Somerset and England cricketer attempts 18 holes of golf, each hole at one of 18 courses as it zigzags across the country. As with the challenge two years ago, Beefy’s calling …

THE WORLD’S last flying Bristol 171 Sycamore helicopter will return home to Weston-super- Mare this month when it flies to the Helicopter Museum 60 years after it was built. The historic aircraft is due to land at the museum on Monday, June 11 and be based in its Duke of Edinburgh Hangar until Sunday, June …

BETWEEN 1966 and 1979 Somerset all-rounder Graham Burgess  played in 252 First Class matches and 210 one-day games, and was part of the side during the ‘Glory Years’ when they lifted five one-day trophies in as many seasons. Following his retirement, Burgess became a well-respected umpire on the First Class circuit for 19 seasons. As …

THERE are many clubs at the same step level as the Western League who are content to amble along year on year, occasionally throwing a tin of paint over the clubroom walls or patching up the stand only when it shows signs of giving up the ghost but, happily, the absolute reverse is the case …

A WEST Country veteran has made an emotional return to two Wiorld war Two battlefields. May 18 marked the anniversary of the Italian battles of Anzio and Monte Cassino. A group of 12 veterans from the campaign, including 94-year-old Ron ‘Arthur’ Marsh from Bude, returned to pay their respects on a special tour funded by …