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TWO West Country sisters have been named among the British Heart Foundation’s top 10 quirkiest fund-raisers in the country. And it’s all thanks to a 24-hour fudge marathon they organised on National Fudge Day. Lisa Caers, who is shop manager of Roly’s Fudge Pantry in Fowey, and her sister Amanda Carnall, took on a challenge …

SOME of the West Country’s more unusual sporting champions have been crowned in the past week. It was fourth time lucky for Matt Norman at the 40th anniversary Dartmoor Folk Festival, held at South Zeal near Okehampton. Folk music, song and dance enthusiast Matt, from Bristol, was declared the adult Dartmoor Step Dance competition champion …

A BOATER who survived a ‘terrifying’ experience has returned to thank the men who saved his life. Simon Burton made the visit to highlight the ‘respect the water’ campaign being run by the RNLI. Simon Burton, 57, had been out on his boat along the River Dart with his wife and son when he returned …

THE Cornish could be recognised in the 2021 Census if the latest efforts by Cornwall Council are successful. Last week Cornwall Council Deputy Leader Julian German, Cornwall councillors and council officers met senior officers from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in Truro to discuss the inclusion of tick boxes for the Cornish and Cornish …

A WEST Country teenager in recovery from cancer has been en- joying the sailing experience of a lifetime this week in the latest leg of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s epic four-month Round Britain 2017 challenge. Elliott Howe has been one of eight young people in recovery tackling the 120-nautical-mile leg-11 journey from Cowes on …

THE RSPCA has won backing from a West Country dog-lover as it uses yesterday’s anniversary of the Dangerous Dogs Act and controversial breed specific legislation to highlight its campaign to change the law. Saturday marked 26 years since the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) was introduced to the UK, including Section 1 which applies breed specific …

A FOOTBALL fan who had to learn to walk again after a horrific car accident left him in a coma yesterday led out his favourite team. Yeovil Town season-ticket holder Ben Thick lead the Glovers out at Huish Park for the clash with Accrington Stanley. The 20-year-old was placed in an induced coma after a …

DESPITE high-profile government and police campaigns highlighting the dangers of using a mobile when driving, many motorists are still flouting the law and putting their lives, and those of other road users, at risk, according to a new study for Kwik Fit. It reveals that 34% of drivers are still using their mobile phone without …