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Summary

  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Friday, 20 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Chris Sandys and Tammy McAllister

All times stated are UK

Weekend weather: More cloud and rain ahead

Before we go here's a look at the weather over the next few days - be warned, there's a lot of rain due tomorrow but on the bright side it's good for the garden.

Until then have a wonderful weekend and we'll be back bright and early on Monday at 7am to bring you the news, sport and weather for Bristol, Bath and Weston.

A look at the weekend weather with Emily Wood.

Take a walk on the bright side with loud trousers

eter Lord, Nick Park and Dave Sproxton Wrong Trousers Day
The Grand Appeal

Loud, colourful trews of an unusual design will be the order of the day for this year's Wallace and Gromit's Wrong Trousers Day.

The Bristol Children's Charity has announced its annual fundraising day will be held on Friday, 24 June.

Officers Trudi Gunn and Vicki Ephgrave Wrong Trousers Day
The Grand Appeal

The idea is you pay £1 for wearing your pair of trousers to raise money for The Grand Appeal.

Here are some, let's say unique designs for some inspiration.

Medics rugby team
The Grand Appeal

Refugees stories showcased in Bristol exhibition

An insight into life into the history of Jewish and Muslim communities in Bristol has opened.

The archive includes cookbooks giving alternatives to traditional dishes and the experiences of Jewish people during the holocaust.

You can see the show - Re-collecting: Muslim and Jewish Bristol in the Archives - at the Central Library until 27 June.

An archive detailing the experiences of Jewish and Muslim refugees opens

Bristol hoax bomb plot texter jailed for 18 months

A man who shares his name with a famous US president has been jailed for 18 months for sending hoax bomb text messages to a recruitment company in Bristol.

Abraham Lincoln of Ashley Road, Montpelier, was jailed for 18 months at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday after being convicted by a jury of communicating false information about a bomb threat made on November 24 last year. 

He admitted a charge of obtaining services by deception. 

The court heard he'd sent text messages claiming he was an MI6 spy who had uncovered a terrorist plot to bomb Bristol.

Abraham Lincoln
Avon and Somerset Police

Bristol Mayor's cabinet roles explained

Yesterday, we showed you the press call photo of the new members of Bristol mayor Marvin Rees' new cabinet.

Luckily for you we also filmed it so here's a run down of their job titles as well. 

Marvin Rees has announced his new cabinet members, here's a look at what they'll be doing.

Bristol's ABC Cinema gets 'star treatment'

Remember the old ABC Cinema on Whiteladies Road?

Well, it closed back in 2001. And ever since there have been various campaigns to reopen it.

Everyman Cinemas have done just that. And they let us go inside with our fancy new 360 degree camera, so you feel as though you're there - well almost.

If you want to see this video on the YouTube app on your phone, click on the link here. Most phones will let you wave it around and pretend you're there.

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Our cute animal theme continues...say 'aww' for a baby Loris

Baby loris born in April 2016
Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo is having a busy week with its babies. 

Earler this week it was a tiny pancake tortoise, and now they've caught sight of this baby pygmy slow loris which has emerged from its nestbox to explore its surroundings after being born last month.

Keepers say it weighs about the size of a grapefruit - its mum Lorraine gave birth to twins in 2012.

John Partridge, senior curator at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “Mother and baby are doing very well, with baby feeding regularly. If visitors look very carefully I’m sure they will be able to catch a glimpse of it.”    

Massive Attack concert: 'Bristol's fastest selling gig'

The queue for Massive Attack tickets
We are Plaster PR

Some 20,000 tickets for the planned Massive Attack concert on the Downs have all gone. Sold out. Nothing left.

Tom Paine, organiser, thinks it "might be the fastest selling gig Bristol’s ever seen".

If granted a licence, it will be the first major music event on the Downs for more than 15 years, and the first time the band has played in Bristol - their home city - for over a decade.

We're celebrating more swimming success

European Swimming Championships: Jazz Carlin second in 800m freestyle

Jazz Carlin, who trains in Bath, has won a silver medal at the European Swimming Championships in London.  

Her medal came in the 800m freestyle on Thursday when it was all about racing tough and seeing what happened. Her words, not ours.

BreakingMassive Attack concert SOLD OUT!

Robert Del Naja. of Massive Attack
Getty Images

All gone! After only a couple of hours on sale, no tickets remain for Massive Attack's planned concert on the Downs in Bristol.

Tributes paid to St Pauls Carnival founder Carmen Beckford

The new mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, has joined the tributes being paid to Carmen Beckford, the founder of St Pauls Carnival, who has died aged 87.

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And on Facebook, Councillor Asher Craig wrote a long tribute to the campaigner, posting that it was "with a really heavy heart and great sadness" that she was announcing that Miss Beckford MBE died on Thursday "after a long illness".

She has been described on social media as "one of our most iconic highly respected residents", a "grand dame" and "pioneer of the UK's Caribbean culture and carnival".

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Bath to welcome former Springboks?

We're hearing that a taste of South African rugby might be heading to Bath.

Heyneke Meyer and Johann Van Graan
PA
Heyneke Meyer (left) and Johann Van Graan worked together during the World Cup

Johann Van Graan, South Africa's assistant coach, is understood to be close to a move to The Rec as a replacement for Neal Hatley, who left the Premiership club to become England's scrummaging coach.

And the vacant head coach position?

Cue Heyneke Meyer - Johann's mate - who relinquished his South Africa role after the World Cup and remains a front-runner to take the job.

And your weather forecast for the day?

A bit of brighter weather for the morning but it will turn, says Emily Wood.

A bit of brighter weather for this morning, says Emily Wood, but it will turn later on. Expect outbreaks of rain. Cue sad face emoticon (we don't have one to hand, you'll have to use your imagination).

Massive Attack concert: The queue for tickets

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Tickets for a planned Massive Attack concert in Bristol go on sale
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Today's the day for Massive Attack tickets

Massive Attack on the Downs! Or "a massive attack on the Downs"? This week we heard two opposing views of the outdoor concert which is being planned for September.

Well tickets go on sale at 8am.

Massive Attack at Glastonbury
BBC

They'll be available in person at the Idle Hands record shop in Stokes Croft and Bristol Ticket Shop. And an hour later they'll be on sale via various websites.

For geeks, this is the hashtag being pushed by those behind the event - #MassiveAttackBristol

St Pauls Carnival founder dies

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In case you missed it yesterday, we found out the Bristol founder of St Pauls Carnival has died.

Carmen Beckford, 87, came to the UK from Jamaica 70 years ago and was a prominent race equality campaigner.

During her life she spent time as a midwife, a Race Relations Officer and was the first black recipient of an MBE in the South West.

It's Friday! But it's a grey day

Hello and welcome to Friday's Local Live page. We're here until 3pm.

The good news is that it should be mostly dry this morning, but if you fancy an umbrella-less walk, run or skip outdoors without an umbrella then make the most of it - there'll be outbreaks of rain arriving during the afternoon.

Bristol weather map
BBC