Britain’s oldest swingers have enjoyed more than 300 wild parties since the 70’s

June 7, 2010 | by | 26 Comments

Britain’s oldest married swingers are celebrating 30 years of ”total and utter hedonism” and are stilling enjoying partner-swapping parties – aged in their 70s. Retired Ian and Jean Smith – dubbed the ‘King and Queen of the Swingers’ – have taken part in more than 300 ”wild” sex parties since the 1970s. The couple, who…

Badger sett relocated to edge of back garden by local council

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A woman has blasted her local council after they moved a well-established badger sett into her back garden with no warning. Mum-of-two Alison Hughes, 52, moved into her new home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, three months ago. But she was shocked to wake up last week and find a man-made badger sett had been moved to…

Lorry driver trapped for three hours miracle escape

June 7, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

A lorry driver had a ”miracle” escape when his tanker overturned – leaving him trapped upside-down for THREE hours. The 42-year-old driver lost control of his 15 tonne lorry and smashed into a barrier as he approached Stoneybridge Island on the A46, in Coventry just before 10am on Saturday. Incredibly, the driver, who has not…

Eastenders actor Steve MacFadden charity swim

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Eastenders actor Steve MacFadden helped raise £15,000 for charity by swimming one mile across a river. Steve, 51, who plays Phil Mitchell in the hit BBC soap – swam across the River Fal in Cornwall to raise funds for the RNLI lifeboat charity. He took 30 minutes to front crawl between the two castles at…

Five-year-old boy catches 12lb carp using a plastic toy fishing rod

June 6, 2010 | by | 2 Comments

A five-year-old boy stunned anglers by catching a 12lb carp using a plastic toy fishing rod and a piece of sweetcorn. Matthew Pretorius was fishing with his twin brother Markus and father Albert in South Cerney, Wilts., when he landed his monster catch. He battled for around five minutes with the carp, which almost snapped…

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…