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6. HOME NEWS Issue 668 5 – 11 April 2019 FirstNews CAOL BELFAST LEICESTERS­HIRE CONSIDERAT­E THIEF BIG BIRTHDAY PUPIL PROTEST A thief has had a change of heart after stealing a bike. Following a police appeal, the person returned the cycle and even left an apologetic note. Belfast Zoo is celebratin­g its 85th anniversar­y this year. The zoo originally opened its doors on 28 March 1934 and was called Bellevue Zoo. It welcomed 284,713 visitors in its first year. Daisy (below) was the zoo’s very first elephant. The anniversar­y weekend was marked with activities including outdoor games, juggling workshops, storytelli­ng and a treasure hunt. Pupils at Swinford C of E Primary School marched through their village in protest at their head teacher possibly losing his job. Mr O’Connor was appointed as head in 2012, but the Diocese of Leicester Academies Trust is proposing replacing him and hiring an executive head to look after several schools. The pupils and local community aren’t happy at the news and decided to take action. They GREENWICH made placards, wore masks and even sang asong that they’d made up for Mr RARE PAINTING A 15th-century painting has been confirmed as being by famous artist Sandro Botticelli. The painting was thought to be a fake, but has been found to originate from the artist’s studio in Florence. The discovery was made while the painting was being cleaned by English Heritage. The artwork’s true colours were hidden under more than a century’s worth of yellow varnish. The painting is now on display at Ranger’s House. O’Connor. NEATH POOCH PASSES AWAY Britain’s “ugliest” dog has died, aged 16. Chase was a Chinese-crested pooch, with no hair or teeth. He came third in the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in 2017. He died due to problems with his pancreas. UK TREE SPOTTING The Woodland Trust is asking the public to help it identify ancient trees, to prevent them from being cut down. The Ancient Tree Inventory maps the oldest trees in the UK. Thousands of trees are already listed, but the charity believes there could be lots more out there. In relation to the challenge, it’s been revealed that Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshir­e has the largest collection of ancient oaks in Europe. WESTON-SUPER-MARE FLYING BANANA! Volunteers at the Helicopter Museum have started work on a new restoratio­n, a helicopter nicknamed the Flying Banana! The name comes from the bent shape of its fuselage. The Piasecki H-21 was used by the French Air Force and is the only one of its kind in the UK. The parts are expensive, but it’s hoped that volunteers can restore enough of the aircraft to show off its impressive history. NEWS IN NUMBERS 5 2020 April is when is when Cornwall will host the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time ever. The cycling competitio­n will be the biggest ever sporting event to be hosted in the county! It will see riders travel 170 kilometres through the Cornish countrysid­e, starting at Penzance and ending in Bodmin. Where is Peter Rabbit? opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. The show combines live performanc­e, puppetry and narration. It runs until 28 April. 12 5.9 million pounds is how much the UK Government has spent on a luxury apartment in New York. The apartment will house the British Consul General, the person who looks after trade deals with the US. million people visited the Tate Modern in London last year, making it the mostvisite­d tourist attraction in the UK. The British Museum came in second place, with the National Gallery in third.

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