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ANDREA Ayres is aiming to become only the second person ever to complete one of the West Country’s most daring swims. Devon-based Andrea will be attempting to swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly at the end of July to raise funds for sea bird conservation. Andrea, who works for the RSPB, said: “I …

CAMPAIGNERS behind a West Country project to save the honey bee are buzzing after winning £35,200 of support from the National Lottery. The B4 Project aims to conserve the remnant of the dark European honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, while encouraging Cornish bee-keepers in particular to develop their own local stock. The project will enable …

A FULL-sized replica Spitfire took centre stage at the weekend as World War Two enthusiasts, military vehicle owners and people reminiscing about times past join forces at a 1940s weekend. Troops prepared for action have been digging trenches and taking to the rails to give the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh the look and feel of …

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 …