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A 90-strong team of wounded, injured and sick military personnel has set off from London Heathrow for Toronto, Canada to represent the UK in the third Invictus Games. The eight-day sporting event will see 550 individuals from 17 nations compete across 12 sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, swimming and a new sport for 2017 – …

Blesma, the limbless veterans’ charity, were the guests of Somerset CCC at the Cooper Associates County Ground for the first day of the recent Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire. Representatives from the charity were invited to spend the day at the ground and carried out a collection on behalf of the worthy cause that …

Anyone for quidditch? A West Country team is hoping the Harry Potter sport will cast its spell over new recruits. The Falmouth Falcons are looking to recruit more players to their team for the upcoming tournament season. Players are holding open taster sessions on the September 18, 23, 24 and 30. The Falmouth Falcons are …

Tickets are on sale for the Toolstation Western League’s 125th anniversary dinner at the Marriott City Centre Hotel in Bristol on Saturday, October 14. Sponsored by Toolstation, the Western League is the third oldest at ‘Step Five’ on football’s pyramid behind the English Football League itself, and the Northern League from England’s north east. The …

HMS Prince of Wales, one of the largest ships in the Royal Navy fleet, has been officially named by Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay in a ceremony at Rosyth Dockyard, Scotland. The new carrier has strong links to the West Country: the ship is affiliated to Bristol and its first commander is a Devon man. The …

South and West England’s top two fish and chip shops have been revealed as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish and Chip Awards, organised by Seafish. Bishopston Fish Bar in Bristol, and Harbourside Fish and Chips in Plymouth, have been shortlisted as South and West England’s best, one of 15 categories in the 2018 …

Folk star Cara Dillon has the ultimate commute to play a top gig from her West Country home. Irish singer Cara has to travel from her Somerset home to the St Ives September Festival in Cornwall – via America. Cara has had to fit in a short-notice flying visit for an American festival appearance this …

At least four people died in a horrific crash on the M5 motorway yesterday. Others injured in the tragedy were last night being treated at hospitals in Bristol. Eye witnesses said a lorry smashed through the central reservation and collided with several vehicles. Avon and Somerset Police said the collision happened between junction 16, near …