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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for regular updates here from the BBC Beds, Bucks and Herts team until 08:00 on Monday, unless a major story breaks.

    Today, we covered a new play to celebrate the history of Bedford and the flame is being lit in Buckinghamshire ahead of next week's Paralympic Games in Rio with events being held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to recognise its role at the birthplace of the movement for sport for people with disabilities.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Our regular live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished until Monday.

    You can follow Northampton Saints against Bath tomorrow on BBC Radio Northampton and via the BBC Sport website, where you will so find coverage of the Italian Grand Prix.

    You can read more on what financial auditors have said to Northampton Borough Council about the £10.15m loan to the Cobblers on our website.

    Meanwhile, have a good weekend and let's hope the sun makes an appearance through the cloud.

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  3. Our live coverage across the day

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks for joining us for today's Cambridgeshire Live. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    Today we covered the merger of Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough City hospitals - staff at the former have told us they are anxious and uncertain about the future.

    We've also brought you news that the first homes have been approved for Northstowe, and covered the story of Camsar's newest (and cutest!) recruit

    Scroll below to take a read. 

    Have a great weekend.

  4. Northampton Aerodrome set to get busy this weekend

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Sywell Aerodrome will be as busy as Luton and Stansted today as owners arrive in their planes for a light aircraft show at the weekend.

    It's attracted planes from all over the world, including this one from Manuel Queiroz who flew it all the way around the world, ten years ago.

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    This is a microlight dressed up to look like a stealth fighter from Greece:

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    And this is the Sling 4, an aircraft from South Africa. A team from South Africa and volunteers from the Light Aircraft Association are trying to build the kit, from scratch, in seven days and hope to fly it at Sywell this weekend:

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  5. Watch: Campaign to get women and girls active is launched

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    The sports partnership for Cambridgeshire, Living Sport, is launching its Let's Go Girls campaign tomorrow at Milton Country Park.

    The campaign aims to encourage women to try new sports and activities to break down barriers which might be stopping them currently taking part. 

    New runner Sarah explains why she was motivated to get moving:

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    Video caption: A campaign to get women and girls active in Cambridgeshire has launched
  6. Lewis Hamilton fastest in Italian Grand Prix practice

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Monza

    Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton set the pace ahead of Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg with an impressive performance in second practice at the Italian Grand Prix.

    The world champion was 0.193 seconds quicker than Rosberg around Monza as the two head into the final stages of their title battle.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton is nine points clear of Rosberg with eight races remaining.

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third but nearly half a second down on a track where margins are always tight.

  7. Bedford's secret BBC Orchestra

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been following the story of the play Somewhere in England (The Bedford Play) to celebrate Bedford's history at the Quarry Theatre (pictured below).

    Quarry Theatre, Bedford

    Mark Burgess, writer and director, said: "The title reflects the fact that the BBC Orchestra was based in Bedford during World War Two, broadcasting from Bedford venues (including the Corn Exchange and Bedford School's Great Hall).

    "The [location of broadcasts] had to remain a secret to avoid [Bedford] being bombed by Hitler's Luftwaffe and so the broadcasts were always announced as being live from somewhere in England." 

  8. Play celebrates Bedford's history

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A play has been written to celebrate Bedford - a place probably named after a Saxon chief called Beda who settled near a fordable part of the River Great Ouse. That was 13 centuries ago and a lot has happened since then...

    Did you know, for example, that the BBC Orchestra was stationed in Bedford during the World War Two, but the location was kept secret?

    Swan Hotel

    The play Somewhere in England (The Bedford Play), at the Quarry Theatre in the town was commissioned by The Harpur Trust as part of its 450th anniversary celebrations. 

    It uncovers the lives of key Bedfordians, famous people connected to the town (such as Glen Miller and Nelson Mandela) and the stories behind some of the town's landmarks, including the Cardington Hangers, The Bedford Swan Hotel (pictured above) and Bedford's iconic bridges.

  9. Football action this weekend: Posh v Swindon Town

    "Focus on the positives" is the message from Peterborough United boss Grant McCann to his players ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Swindon.

    Posh lost 6-1 to Norwich under 23s in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday, but McCann wants his men to think back to last Saturday's league victory at MK Dons

    He could hand debuts to new signings George Moncur (pictured), Nathan Oduwa and Luke McGee for tomorrow's home clash with Swindon.

    Midfielder George Moncur

    Posh will make a late decision on Hayden White who has a groin injury, Lee Angol and Brad Inman remain sidelined while Michael Smith is on international duty.  

    It's an early kick-off at 12:15.

    Also this weekend, St Neots take on Stamford in first round qualifying for the FA Cup, and Cambridge City are at home against Flackwell Heath.

  10. Spinners Keogh and White's 20 wickets an 'unbelievable effort'

    Northamptonshire captain Alex Wakely captures spinners Rob Keogh (left) and Graeme White (right) having a well-deserved beer after Northants' win over Glamorgan.

    Keogh and White claimed all twenty wickets in the match, the county's second victory over the Welsh side in the County Championship.

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  11. Trust in charge of Bedfordshire's mental health service rated ‘outstanding’ by watchdog CQC

    Bedfordshire on Sunday

    The trust which provides mental health services in Bedfordshire has been rated outstanding by the healthcare watchdog.

  12. McGurk waits on injury as Mansfield visit Cambridge Utd

    Nick Fairbairn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Cambridge United striker Adam McGurk (pictured) has returned to full training following knee ligament damage. He'll face a fitness test ahead of tomorrow's match against Mansfield.

    Shaun Derry, manager, said: "I'd be delighted if he was available this weekend, but only if he's 100%."

    George Maris is also back in training after a groin strain, but is likely to miss out against Mansfield. Harrison Dunk remains sidelined.

    Cambridge United's Adam McGurk

    Cambridge United v Mansfield Town will be live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on FM, MW and digital radion, but not online.

  13. Northants spin their way to a three-day victory against Glamorgan

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northamptonshire wrapped up a seasonal County Championship double over Glamorgan by mid-afternoon as Graeme White (pictured) claimed a career-best haul of 6-44.

    With the ball turning sharply, Glamorgan never looked likely to prolong the game into the final day with White and Rob Keogh bowling unchanged.

    The home side won by 318 runs.

    Graeme White

    Keogh finished with 13 wickets to White's seven and the victory follows a Northants win by 251 runs in last month's match in Swansea.

  14. Northamptonshire's unusual graves: The unique memorial to Rev May

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    One of the quirkier gravestones in Northamptonshire can be found at St Peter's Church in Oundle:

    The graveyard at St Peter's in Oundle
    St Peter's in Oundle

    It belongs to Reverend John May, and the inscription reads: "Rev John May, d. aged 45, May 24, 1813, also Anne May, wife, d. May 1794."

    It is rumoured the grave rests under a May tree.

  15. Watch: Me and my Shadow - the county's latest search-and-rescue recruit

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    This is very cute Shadow - the latest recruit for Camsar, the county's search and rescue team.

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    Video caption: Meet Camsar's new canine search and rescue recruit

    Camsar will be tweeting updates about Shadow's progress through training, in the months to come.

    He'll also be the star attraction as the team attempt to set a world record for the biggest game of hide-and-seek at Milton Country Park near Cambridge this weekend.

  16. Motorcyclist injured in Royston crash

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A motorcyclist is in a critical condition in hospital after being involved in a crash on the A505 in Royston last night.

    Baldock Road, Royston

    His bike was in collision with a brown Honda CR-V on Baldock Road just before the derelict Horse & Groom pub at 10:15.

    He suffered serious leg injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

  17. Northamptonshire's unusual graves: Frederick Wright

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    Frederick Wright, the Titanic's squash coach commemorated on a family gravestone in Great Billing, was paid the princely sum of £1 per week.

    Wright not only took on all-comers, but also cleaned the court, ran the booking system and supplied passengers with squash racquets and balls.

    Memorial of Frederick Wright on family gravestone in Great Billing
    Frederick Wright
  18. Countdown to this weekend's football..

    BBC Sport

    Top flight matches are on hold for the international fixtures this weekend, but not down in Leagues One and Two...

    Peterborough United are at home to Swindon on Saturday with a 12:15 kick-off in the third flight.

    In League Two, Cambridge United are at Mansfield Town with a 15:00 kick-off.

  19. Surveying equipment near bypass stolen

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Police are appealing for witnesses after surveying equipment worth thousands of pounds was stolen in Luton at about 12:45 on Wednesday.

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    The Total Station, with ID number HTO150 is worth £15,000, and was taken by a man in Sundon Road near where the new bypass is being built.

    He left in a white Citroen Berlingo van.

    Bedfordshire Police wants to hear from anyone who witnessed the theft or has had the equipment offered to them.

  20. Northamptonshire's unusual graves: The Titanic's squash coach

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    From the grave of the legendary Coco the Clown to that of Lawrence Washington, the great, great, great grandfather of the first US President, George.

    There are plenty of unusual gravestones in Northamptonshire. This week I've been looking at a few of them.

    St Andrew’s Church, Great Billing, and, inset, Frederick Wright

    One of the saddest stories is that of Frederick Wright, who was the squash coach on the Titantic. He's now commemorated on a family memorial in St Andrew’s Church, Great Billing (pictured above).

    As the doomed ship began to sink in August 1912, Wright met his next opponent, a chap called Colonel Archibald Gracie, who announced: “Perhaps we had better cancel our match for tomorrow morning, Mr Wright."

    At the time, the Titanic's squash court was already half under water.