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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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It's going to be cooler tomorrow

That's it from us here at BBC Local Live on the longest day - and the hottest in June for 40 years!

It's going to be cooler and fresher tomorrow, with even the chance of some showers.

We'll be back from 7am with all the news, sport, travel and weather from across the West.

We leave you with Ian Fergusson and all the weather details.

Good night!

Watch: The weather forecast with Ian Fergusson

New home for Bristol fertility centre?

Fertility services at Southmead Hospital in Bristol are to be transferred to a new provider, the NHS has confirmed.

The centre has seen a fall in patients since the number of free IVF cycles were rationed.

Local clinical commissioning groups will now only fund one cycle of IVF - when the government regulator NICE recommend three.

It's meant that doctors are mainly seeing couples who are paying for treatment.

The Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group is now trying to find another provider. Bath's Fertility Centre is the only other registered one in the West.

Nick Sharp is medical director there.

Watch: Nick Sharp, medical director of Bath Fertility Clinic
Paul Doran-Jones

Wasps sign Gloucester's Paul Doran-Jones and fellow prop David Langley from Cambridge, while Tom Bristow exits the club.

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The longest day ends

The Summer Solstice has come to an end at sunset: 21:26 BST in Wiltshire.

Thirteen thousand people watched the sunrise at Stonehenge 16 hours and 34 minutes ago, on the longest day of the year.

Sun worshippers and Soltice celebrators had a rare chance to get up close to the monument for the annual event.

Armed police were on patrol, and extra security measures were put in place following the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

But Wiltshire Police said the event passed peacefully, with only seven "mostly drug-related" arrests.

Sun worshippers greet the sun at Stonehenge
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13,000 people watched the sunrise at Stonehenge
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Stonehenge Solstice celebrations
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Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
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Music fans getting settled in for Glastonbury Festival

It's been a tough old day for music fans heading to Glastonbury Festival with all this blistering heat.

But judging by these photos, it seems like several thousand people have pitched their tents successfully and can now relax and enjoy themselves.

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Iron Age roundhouse build is completed

A group of veterans have completed this splendid looking Iron Age roundhouse, at Tedworth House in Wiltshire.

The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, in Tidworth, has been running the project, which aims to help service personnel and veterans improve their physical and mental well-being.

The project began nearly two years ago and earlier today they celebrated their hard work, with what else? A themed party in fancy dress... in this heat!

We love the final result:

Iron Age Roundhouse
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For my well-being it’s been absolutely fantastic. The roundhouse has given me an anchor – every month I know I’ll be visiting with my peers; I’ll be with people who mentor me. It’s been an absolutely brilliant way of moving forward.”

Alan DayVeteran

Who was the greatest Glastonbury headliner of all time?

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Glasto has been graced with extraordinary headline acts from the start - but who was the best of them all? (Cue the debates in the office)

Was it Glam-rock for you or Britpop? Perhaps even hip-hop?

Here's a selection of great sets for your consideration, from T. Rex and a Cadillac, through to Suzanne Vega in a bulletproof vest, via Radiohead, JAY-Z then his wife Beyoncé with an unexpected guest...

...not to mention Adele just last year.

Over to you to rank the best headliners in order.

JAY-Z
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Let's see if this year's top dogs Radiohead, the Foos and/or Ed can produce equally legendary performances this time around.

While we're on the subject, here's the full Glasto lineup for this year too.

IVF mum 'angry' at fertility service change

Fertility services at Southmead Hospital in Bristol are to be transferred to a new provider, the NHS has confirmed.

They say not enough NHS patients are using the service because local clinical commissioning groups will now only fund one cycle of IVF: it means 60% of patients have to pay for their own treatment.

Health correspondent Matthew Hill has been speaking to Paula McShane, who had to raise the money to pay for treatment herself.

Watch: Paula McShane tells her story

A spokesman for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs denied claims in the local media that the move would mean patients could be forced to travel outside the region.

He added the process of assessing bids was under way and the new provider could be in place from December.

Your local newspaper headlines this evening

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Here's a look at the stories some of your local papers are covering this evening:

Bristol Post: Dozens collapse at Glastonbury on hottest day in festival's history

Bath Chronicle: Man in his 60s dies after collapsing at Bath address

Wiltshire Times: All change at the top at county hall

Stroud News and Journal: £3.5 million grant paves way for new Lidl store in Stroud

Demo held in Bristol to show support for Grenfell Tower victims

Watch: Some 200 people march through Bristol to show solidarity with the Grenfell Tower victims.

Some 200 people have marched in Bristol this evening to protest against cuts to public services and to show their support to the Grenfell Tower victims.

The march made its way through Broadmead and finished at Castle Park.

Glastonbury Festival: your tweets

About 200,000 people have been making their way to Worthy Farm today, after the gates opened earlier on today.

Here are a selection of your tweets - including someone who wanted to buy some ice cream at a local supermarket:

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Connor Smith

Plymouth's Republic of Ireland midfielder Connor Smith joins Yeovil Town on a two-year contract on a free transfer.

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Festival goers trying stay cool at Worthy Farm

It's over 30C, you've finally pitched your tent, now it's time to get a well-earned break from all that sunshine - we like the parasols, but a trestle table will do just as well: #Glastonbury Stay cool festival-goers!

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Glastonbury Festival 2017
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Severe disruption: A38 Bristol both ways

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A38 Bristol both ways severe disruption, between A4018 College Green and B4051 St Augustine's Place.

A38 Bristol - A38 St Augustines Parade in Bristol City Centre blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the A4018 College Green junction and the B4051 St Augustine's Place junction, because of demonstration.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Glastonbury crowds suffer on hottest day

Bag searches amid heightened security this year
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Dozens of festival-goers have been treated by paramedics amid record temperatures and tighter security.

South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS) said 38 people had been treated by paramedics by 14:30 BST on Wednesday, the majority for heat-related problems.

Thousands of people are arriving for the festival amid record temperatures and tighter security.

The gates opened at 08:00. More than 200,000 people are expected at the event at Worthy Farm in Somerset over the week-end.

Southmead: IVF centre treatment to be transferred

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Southmead Hospital provides treatment for thousands of couples a year

Fertility services at Southmead Hospital in Bristol are to be transferred to a new provider, the NHS has confirmed.

The problem is not enough NHS patients are going through its doors because local clinical commissioning groups will now only fund one cycle of IVF: it means 60% of patients have to pay for their own treatment.

A spokesman for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs denied claims in the local media that the move would mean patients could be forced to travel outside the region.

He added the process of assessing bids was under way and the new provider could be in place from December.

There are around 3000 frozen eggs and other samples that have to, by law, be stored for up to 10 years at the facility, which any new provider would also expected to safeguard.

The proposed location of services will be taken into account when assessing bids by prospective providers as we would not want patients to travel any further than is necessary for treatment.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs spokesman

Now this is true hot-desking!

What's your solution to working in the Westcountry heat? This is Hannah Taylor in central Bristol. Loving the potted plant detail Hannah! Thanks for the spot @BeckySumerling

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The new way to hot desk. Alfresco working never felt so good. Got breeze, got tea, got shade and smiles from passers-by.

Hannah Taylor

Severe accident: M5 Bristol northbound

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M5 Bristol northbound severe accident, between J15 for M4 and J14 for B4509 Thornbury.

M5 Bristol - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound between J15, M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J14, B4509 (Thornbury), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Increased security at Glastonbury

The gates to the Glastonbury Festival 2017 have opened with increased security checks.

People queued all night to be the first in, after having cars and bags searched following the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Points West Home Affairs Correspondent Charlotte Callen describes here what's being done to keep people safe.

Watch: The gates to the Glastonbury Festival 2017 have opened with increased security checks.

A Friday feast is in prospect for cricket fans.

Forget Glastonbury: international cricket is coming to another part of Somerset later this week.

The England vs South Africa T20 match at Taunton on Friday is sold out.

Locals should be aware that roads will be closed around Somerset's ground in the run up to and during the match.

Roads will be closed as England play South Africa on Friday

When Glastonbury Festival was much, much smaller - and free!

Just look at these pictures from 1971!

They show people enjoying the second ever Glastonbury Festival - or Glastonbury Fair as it was known then.

We found while looking through out archives for Points West's 60th anniversary.

As you'll see the Festival got a mixed reaction - and not everyone thought it would last.

PM60 - Glastonbury Festival, 1971

Curlews at risk

Conservationists say more needs to be done to protect a species of wading bird across the region.

Experts say curlews are at risk because of predators and modern farming methods that disrupt the natural habitat of the ground-nesting birds.

Farmers are being asked to cut their hay later, to protect curlew chicks.

Richard Archer, from the RSPB in Somerset, says a lot can be done to protect them.

Curlews are at risk across the region

Ban on hunting with hounds 'may never be repealed'

Anti-foxhunting campaigners are saying the ban on hunting with hounds will never be repealed.

Despite being promised as a vote in the Conservative election manifesto, it was omitted from today's Queen's Speech.

Points West political editor Paul Barltrop says it's proved controversial within the Tory party.

Watch: Anti-foxhunting campaigners say the ban on hunting with hounds will never be repealed

LIVE Dambuster interview

Johnny Johnson, the last surviving British Dambuster from World War Two, talks to BBC Radio Bristol about his MBE, awarded in the Queen's Honours this week.

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Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire westbound

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M4 Wiltshire westbound severe accident, at J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - An accident on M4 westbound at J17, A350 (Chippenham). Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Officially the hottest June day for 40 years!

The Met Office has confirmed that the temperature has just reached 33.9 degrees celcius at Heathrow in West London.

That makes it officially the hottest June day since 1976!

Who remembers the last one?

Revellers at this year's Glastonbury Festival enjoying the weather in style today.
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Glasto so far...in pictures

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Um-beer-ella

Thousands of music fans have rolled into Glasto since we began the live page this morning.

We reckon that if you are still reading this in work than you are either:

a) Heading down tonight.

b) Heading down early tomorrow, or...

c) Not heading down at all (snap!)

Let's have a look at some of the sights so far, including heightened security, some excellent head-wear and some innovative ways of keeping cool. Paddling in *Perrier - who said Glasto was too middle class?!

Stay across all the action on Twitter this weekend via our special @bbbglasto page.

* Other bottled waters are available.

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Security measures
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I Love MCR
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A dog's life
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Filling up nicely
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Fan-tastic
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Even more fan-tastic...

It's the 'last of the very hot days'

Watch: Today is the "last of the very hot days", says Holly

BBC Weather's Holly Green says today could be the hottest Solstice on record - and possibly the hottest June day since 1976. But don't complain... temperatures are on their way down to the higher 20's over the next few days.

Powerful sunshine: The West's solar boom

Today's super sunshine is a terrific boost for the West Country's burgeoning solar power sector, who should be rubbing their hands in glee as their panels stock up on rays.

We've met one of the region's producers to hear about what the future holds for this environmentally-friendly - and increasingly profitable - source of electricity:

Watch: Will Glennon reports for BBC Points West

League Two fixtures in full

Lincoln City and Forest Green fans celebrate promotion to League Two
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Find out your team's fixtures in League Two during the 2017-18 season.

Lincoln City and Forest Green fans celebrate promotion to League Two

League Two fixtures in full

Find out your team's fixtures in League Two during the 2017-18 season.

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Portsmouth and Blackpool players celebrate promotion to League One

Find out your team's fixtures in League One during the 2017-18 season.

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BBC Points West: Facebook Live at Glastonbury

More lazing around in Bristol this lunchtime

It's hot. It's sunny. And it's lunchtime!

In Bristol, people have been eating on any patch of shaded grass they can find. Here's what's happening in Queen Square.

Queen Square lunch
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And in Castle Park, nobody seems willing to actually sit in the sunshine. Forgotten your suncream, people?

Castle Park
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And what better way to pass the time than ... some acrobatics?

Acrobats
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Not many people outdoors at Gloucester Docks

As temperatures continue to soar, this is how a few folk in Gloucester have been taking advantage of the hot weather.

Gloucester Docks seems especially tranquil, with only the seagulls mustering up enough energy for the odd squawk or two.

Sunny Gloucester Docks
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Sunny Gloucester Docks
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Sunny Gloucester
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Where are you enjoying the hot weather today?

We've been out and about today seeing where the hot weather is being appreciated.

In Bristol, the views are definitely at the legendary Brunel Buttery on the waterfront...

Brunel Buttery
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We hope Morph has his factor 50 on at the Lloyds Amphitheatre.

Morph in the sunshine
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Morph in the sunshine
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And this chap is taking the chance, in the hot weather, to fix his boat roof.

Man fixes boat roof
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Sheffield United's Billy Sharp and Bolton Wanderers' Jay Spearing celebrate promotion to the Championship

Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.

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In pictures: Glastonbury crowd arrives for festival

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Security is tighter this year with bag checks at the gates
Queues at Glastonbury
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... so there are a few queues for entry
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Some have taken to chilling out wherever they can
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While others show off their high kick skills
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And others just get in the spirit of things!

Twelve things that will definitely happen at Glastonbury

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Glastonbury has opened its gates and fans have started to trickle in.

And while the only thing you can predict about the festival is its unpredictability, the BBC's Entertainment team has compiled a list of 12 things they're 99% certain will happen over the next five days.

Click here to read it.

Hot dog, hot weather - what do you do?

You may have noticed it's a little bit hot outside. And in this weather, our four-legged friends need some cooling down.

We've been asking for pictures of how your pets are coping with the hot weather.

Zoe McMillan has come up with this tip for her pooch Lady Gracie - popping a cold water bottle in front of a fan. Looks like she's enjoying that one!

Lady Gracie
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Becky White sent us this image of Bryn who is enjoying the sprinkler ...

Bryn
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And Ruth Bettie's Hugo has been wearing a cool coat. We only wish they made them for humans ...

Hugo
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IVF changes in Bristol: What do you think of the news?

The NHS has announced that it is seeking a new provider for fertility services at Southmead Hospital.

You've been having your say on Facebook about the news.

Do the NHS need to provide this service though? Why cant a private provider do it? There shouldnt be a fully private NHS but remember - it was a Labour Administration that introduced the idea of prescription payments for example.

Mark Jackson

I had fertility treatment there and now have my gorgeous little girl. Fantastic centre, lovely staff and high conception rates. Such a shame to lose such an asset to Bristol.

Abigail Clare Perrett

There are millions of women, myself included whom struggle with infertility through underlying health issues. I believe it is an extremely unfair job to decide who gets treatment or not. But from my perspective someone whose depressed with having A cup boobs should not get a boob job. That is just wasting money.

Jess Griffiths

In my days of the 80s IVF wasn't available on the NHS. Therefore we couldn't have it which broke my heart. For a childless woman this IS a lifeline and I hope at least that one attempt is kept.

Caroline Dobson