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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, …

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 …

THE WEST Country is receiving £4.6 million of National Lottery money in the latest round of grants, which is being distributed across 249 community projects and organisations. In total, 60 community projects in Devon – ranging from a summer holiday activity club to a village hall refurbishment – are receiving a share.  Key towns and …

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 …

DEFENCE Minister Guto Bebb announced the delivery of the first of a fleet of new helicopters this week designed for Royal Marine aircraft carrier operations. He was speaking at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, where the helicopters will be based when not out on operations. The helicopter, known as the Commando Merlin Mk4, has been …

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’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 …