World Cup fan puts up country’s largest St George’s flag on his pub

June 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A landlord with huge hopes for England in the World Cup has attached the country’s largest St George’s flag to his pub. Keen football fan Darren Luxton, 38, is displaying the 50ft (15.2m) by 25ft (7.62m) nylon flag on the roof of The Windmill Pub in Plymouth, Devon. Only two flags of that size have…

England’s oldest football fan dies at the age of 107

June 6, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

England’s oldest football fan has died at the age of 107. Dedicated Ivy Haynes was a long-term season ticket holder at Bristol City FC and attended every home game in her wheelchair. However, the centenarian, who was born in 1902, was forced to miss several games this season due to ill-health. She passed away earlier…

First Glastonbury Festival DJ to return for 40th anniversary

June 4, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The DJ who opened the very first Glastonbury Festival in 1970 has been invited back to play a set for its 40th anniversary this summer. Mike Ringham, 63, was the MC and DJ at the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset in September 1970. Known at the time as DJ…

Holidaymaker clings to cliff for 14 hours after paraglider crash

June 4, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A holidaymaker was left in agony trapped on a tiny cliff ledge for 14 hours with a broken shoulder, elbow and foot after his tandem paraglider pilot crashed into the side of a mountain. Roger Parker, 70, was on the last day of a week-long Mediterranean cruise with wife Irene, 71, when he booked the…

Longest serving fireman retires after 44 years and 8000 rescues

June 4, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Britain’s longest serving fireman has retired after attending over 8,000 incidents in his 44-year career. Ian Tucker, 60, joined up as an auxiliary fireman aged 16 after watching his father Jack enjoy a long career as a station commander. Since then Ian has attended over 8,000 incidents – an average of three-and-a-half per week –…

Paralysed benefit cheat caught out playing rugby

June 4, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A man who fraudulently claimed over £7,000 in disability benefits by saying he suffered from a form of paralysis was caught out after he was filmed playing RUGBY. Shean Saunders, 34, claimed he suffered from spastic paralysis which disables part of the nervous system that controls the movement of muscles and tendons. But following an…

Sea fog engulfs St Ives beach as heatwave looms for holiday makers

June 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This is the moment crowds of half term holidaymakers were left mystified after a packed beach was suddenly covered in thick – FOG. Hundreds of sun-seekers who had flocked to the coast were literally left under a cloud when the fog floated in from the sea. Families in St Ives, Cornwall, had been expecting wall-to-wall…

Carol Vorderman wears space age dress to open Bristol Zoo frog exhibition

June 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Carol Vorderman was counting back the years at the opening of an exhibit in a space age black, white and silver dress designed to make the star look thinner. The ‘Countdown’ stunner went for a ‘side-panelled’ ensemble with silver blocks and black stripes woven around a figure-hugging frock in a bid to look as trim…

First photograph of U2 set to fetch £15,000 at auction

June 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The first ever photographs taken of the newly-formed band U2 more than 30 years ago are set to fetch up to £15,000 at auction. The series of black and white pictures were shot on March 17, 1978, shortly after the group won a battle of the bands competition. They had previously been called ‘The Hype’…

Cabbie who stared down barrel of Derrick Bird’s gun – and survived

June 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A shocked cabbie has described the terrifying moment he stared down the barrel of Derrick Bird’s rifle seconds after he started his killing spree. Richard Murray, 56, heard the opening gun shots which killed pal Darren Rewcastle. Moments later, Bird pulled up just 4ft away from Richard and wound down the window and lifted the…

David Laws speaks about expenses scandal

June 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Fallen MP David Laws has claimed his expenses scandal was triggered by his low starting wage with the Lib Dems – of £14,000 a year. Laws, 44, resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after allegations he claimed £40,000 for renting accommodation from his partner James Lundie. He has denied suggestions he is ”incredibly rich”…

Brothers sells date with sister on eBay

June 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A cheeky brother desperate to get his older sister a date and help her find love has put her up for sale – on EBAY. Policeman Simon Lloyd, 28, put shocked sister Becky on the internet auction site as a ‘joke’ surprise for her 30th birthday. Becky, nicknamed ‘Beans’, is advertised as ”a lively old…

New driving test will require learners to memorise directions

June 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Learner drivers will be required to memorise directions under a revamped driving test which could see the pass rate fall by a quarter. Test candidates will have to navigate to a particular location using only verbal instructions from the examiner or by following road signs. The Driving Standards Agency says the new section will promote…

Cumbria’s Derrick Bird sparks memories of 1987 Hungerford massacre

June 3, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

News of the Whitehaven massacre yesterday sent shockwaves through the village of Hungerford, where lone gunman Michael Ryan shot and killed 17 people in 1987. In a chilling parallel with events in Cumbria 27-year-old Ryan also ended his killing spree by turning the gun on himself, in the classroom of a local school. Ron Tarry,…

White antelope born in zoo at odds of one million-to-one

June 2, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Zoo staff are feeling all-white after the birth of this million-to-one – white antelope. The ”incredibly rare” pure white calf was born at Paignton Zoo in Devon to a brown-furred mother and father. She has been named Sethunya – from the South African for blossom – because of the flowers around her paddock. The Kafue…

World record for largest ever cheese sculpture broken by British woman

June 2, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A British woman has broken the world record for the largest ever cheese sculpture after carving a half-ton replica of the Queen’s Coronation crown – out of cheddar. Cordon Bleu chef Tanys Pullin, 46, spent over 100 hours sculpting 600kg of Farmhouse Cheddar to mark the 57th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. She worked in…

Fountain stolen from Prince Charles’ friend – reward offered

June 2, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A multi-millionaire friend of Prince Charles has offered a ”substantial” reward after thieves stole a rare £150,000 Renaissance water fountain from his home – for scrap metal. Wealthy Owen Inskip, 57, who is also a friend and housing advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, discovered the 17th Century Italian fountain was missing on Sunday morning….