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With summer in full swing, here are some of the days, and nights, out families can enjoy over the next few weeks.

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An entrepreneur who secured an exclusive top prize at last year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards has spoken of the “amazing” effect it has had on his charity.

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To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, pupils from Rokeby School gathered to discuss their thoughts on her acclaimed work.

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Rokeby School

A wheelchair dancer who has lived with multiple sclerosis for more than a decade is bringing her message of hope and strength to a festival stage.

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Elizabeth Olympic Park

“People walk past this factory every day and think it’s some old warehouse, but there’s a lot going on inside these four walls.”

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Silvertown

The 1916 Battle of the Somme typifies the Western Front for many among the public – fierce trench fighting, dubious tactics from the British Army, casualties numbering in the thousands.

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A book auction launched to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has almost reached the £4,000 mark, far surpassing the initial £1,000 target.

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A musician who honed his skills on the streets after becoming homeless has swapped busking for life as a recording artist.

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Prince

Contemporary sounds and arrangements inspired by ancient traditions unite at a show celebrating the globe’s diversity.

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Senegal

“We had what I would call a ‘council estate of mind’. Our benchmark for success was how impressive the local drug dealer’s car was, or which of the native gang members had the most respect.”

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BBC

As humans, one of our most fundamental rights is to have a voice, and to decide how and when to use it.

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University of East London

More than a thousand fundraisers were bathed in glorious sunshine – and colourful bubbles – as they tackled a 5km course.

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Elizabeth Olympic Park

“We are changing lives and changing communities.”

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Plashet School

A charming tale of a dragon named Toothless and his human friend Hiccup landed in bookshops in 2003, ready to entice young readers with a dynamic blend of fantasy and adventure.

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Scotland

With World Book Day fast approaching, test your knowledge of some of the globe’s most beloved children’s books.

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Hundreds of youngsters will descend on Stratford Library on March 2 for a celebration where they can really let their imaginations run wild.

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United Kingdom

Each year, hordes of Willy Wonkas, Mad Hatters, Gruffalos and Harry Potters walk the nation’s classrooms for the ultimate celebration of literature – World Book Day.

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After visiting eight cemeteries and memorials, one museum and a commemorative workshop, our tour came to an end.

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United Kingdom

On July 1 1916, thousands of soldiers walked across to German lines on the Western Front and began their assaults, confident their enemy had been weakened by a week-long bombardment of 1.6 million shells.

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The fate of British deserters and the stories which lie behind every war grave were among topics considered by the students yesterday.

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Sixteen million deaths, 20 million wounded, six million missing. These are the cold, stark facts of the Great War, the world’s first truly modern conflict.

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Trains running between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street are being delayed by up to 20 minutes.

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Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

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Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

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