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Vocal Works Gospel Choir's concert will go on despite lockdown
The choir had a huge George Michael tribute planned in Bristol, but Covid-19 curtailed their fun.

What does it take to create a virtual choir performance?

Vocal Works Gospel Choir's concert will go on despite lockdown
When these singers were forced into lockdown - three months into rehearsals for a huge performance – they decided the show must go on.  But they faced an uphill technological and many domestic battles to get there. It’s taken the whole of lockdown to prepare a virtual concert. Will it all be alright on the night?

Vocal Works Gospel Choir's George Michael virtual concert will take place at 7:30pm on Sunday 12th July. Tickets are available from their website and Facebook pages.

Bristol Old Vic turned red for #Lightitinred campaign

Bristol Old Vic

The Bristol Old Vic turned red on Monday night as part of the #Lightitinred campaign, which aims to highlight the critical condition of the live events business.

The arts industry has largely welcomed the government's announcement of a £1.57bn support package.

It followed several weeks of lobbying from theatres, music venues, art galleries and other cultural institutions, many of which said they were on the brink of collapse.

SLX lit up the Bristol Old Vic and CEO, Alastair Currie, said: "As ever with these things, the devil is in the detail and it will be vital that this money filters out beyond London and the West End and makes it to the counties and other cities, like Bristol."

Racism and statues: How the toxic legacy of empire still affects us
BBC News presenter Clive Myrie visits Bristol and explores its colonial legacy.

'We're happy staying in a caravan but not eating out'

Johanna Carr

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Jayne Bennett

A woman who works with people with dementia said she needed a break.

Jayne Bennett, from Bristol, said she and her husband were taking precautions and were not eating out but were very happy to be staying in their caravan near Perranporth.

She said: “We just have to be very careful and take it all seriously. It is BBQs and drinks outside the caravan.

“I have worked all through [lockdown] so it is just nice to get away for a break.”

Perranporth beach

Luxury car caught speeding at 130mph

Lamborgini caught speeding
Avon and Somerset Police

Police in Bristol have arrested a driver who reached 130 miles per hour on the M32 early on Sunday.

In a post on social media, Avon and Somerset Police said the driver of this Lamborghini failed to stop, and quoted the story of the hare and the tortoise.

Avon and Somerset Police Road Safety Team said: "However we all know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. Tortoise 1, Hare nil."

Police added that the driver would be in court for various driving offences.

50 years since Brunel's SS Great Britain milestone

SS Great Britain
SS Great Britain Trust

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the re-floating of the world's first great ocean liner at Avonmouth.

Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the SS Great Britain was the first iron-hulled, propeller-driven steamship when she was launched in Bristol in July 1843.

By 1970 she lay derelict in the Falkland Islands.

SS Great Britain
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Duke of Edinburgh
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The Duke of Edinburgh boarding the SS Great Britain at Bristol Docks in 1970

A salvage operationsaw her become the largest ship ever re-floated onto a pontoon and the 8,000-mile journey to the UK was the longest salvage tow ever attempted.

On 5 July 1970, up to 100,000 people lined the banks of the River Avon to see the SS Great Britain's homecoming as she passed under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and into the city.

SS Great Britain
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SS Great Britain
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