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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 …

WEST Country boffins are asking the public to help them create the first high-resolution photographic map of Earth at night. Hundreds of thousands of images have been taken by the International Space Station (ISS), but sorting them is a massive task. Three apps have been created to let the public help, but these urgently need …

IT WAS one of the West Country’s most extraordinary sporting rises: the humble farm that became host to the world’s leading sports stars. Now a new book tells one of golf’s great tales – and the Indy’s John Collings has been reading it… Have you heard the one about two Irishmen, a pig breeder and …

IT’S 1977. Punk has exploded across the country – nowhere more than in Cornwall, with gigs by The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Damned, Generation X and many, many more. Energised by the new sound, Viva has formed a band. But hang on… she’s a 45-year-old mum and a school lollipop lady. Now 87, the undisputed ‘Oldest …

A TEAM of eight West Country sailors are undertaking a 1,000-mile cycle challenge in honour of Victoria Cross hero Jack Cornwell, the youngest ever recipient of the Victoria Cross. The wounded 16-year-old sailor stood to his gun aboard HMS Chester even after the other members of the gun crew were killed or wounded. Sadly he …

TWO MORE additions have been made to the West Country’s treasure trove of heritage attractions. A popular North Devon inn has just been bought by the National Trust. And a new trail has been set up to honour a pioneering West Country writer. Hunter’s Inn will continue to provide people with a place to eat, …