Successor to Harrier Jump Jet will be worth “tens of billions” to Bristol’s aerospace industry



The star of next weekend’s Farnborough Air Show is expected to be the F35 – the new jump jet which follows in the wake of the Harrier.

With the RAF having ordered 140 of the American aircraft to populate its new Filton project managed Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, two Bristol-based firms are set to benefit.

As well as Rolls Royce – which produced the jump jet engines – the big player in the $1.5 trillion F35 project is BAE Systems, which has a 15 per cent share in the aircraft’s development.


Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Ian King, chief executive of BAE Systems, confirmed the F35 programme will be worth tens of billions of pounds for the company in the coming years.


He said the F35 project will become the company’s second biggest programme in three years time, with 160 aircraft a year being produced.

“It’s fantastic that the company is on both the two pre-eminent combat aircraft programmes of our time – typhoon and the F35 where we have a 15 per cent work share, contributing 10 per cent through the UK with the fuselage and 5 per cent in the US with the electronic warfare systems.”

Back in November, the purchase of the new Lockheed Martin F35 fighter jets was speeded up, with Chancellor George Osborne promising funding to ensure the Royal Navy can deploy one if its new aircraft carriers at all times by 2023.


Details of the upgrade were at the centre of the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), set out to the Commons by Prime Minister David Cameron before Christmas.

Mr Osborne said the move would put the UK second only to the US in carrier capability and mean it could respond to threats “wherever and whenever necessary”.

The Government had proposed to have only eight of the US-built F35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft available for deployment to the new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales by 2023.

That has now been trebled to 24 – all in strike roles if required – with the 18 others on order being used in the training fleet or in maintenance.


The F-35’s top speed is 1,199mph – or 1.6 times the speed of sound. It can also pull 9G while packed full of bombs and fuel.



The RAF have signed up for 140 of the aircraft during the lifetime of the project.

The F-35 is a single-seat, single-engine supersonic jet with the most advanced computers and networking abilities yet to take to the air, and stealth capabilities designed to make it hard to pick up on enemy radar.



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Bristol Zoo celebrates 180th anniversary

Items from a zoo’s archive have been released to mark its 180th anniversary.

Bristol Zoo, which opened in 1836, has raided its archive to uncover films and photos.

They include footage of children being taken for rides on Asian elephant Rosie – a resident at the zoo from 1938 until her death in 1961.

The zoo said it believes many of the artifacts, which have been in storage for decades, have never been shown to the public before.


_90334956_mediaitem90334955Among its most well-known animals was Rosie the Asian elephant – a resident at the Zoo from 1938 until her death in 1961. She was born in the wild in 1925 and arrived at the zoo from a circus _90334958_mediaitem90334957

Another famous resident was Alfred the gorilla, who lived at the zoo from 1930 to 1948. At the time he was the only gorilla in captivity in the country. His body now stands in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Guide books from 1926 and 1950 are among the items that have been kept in storage
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Image caption Popular children’s TV presenter Johnny Morris was a regular visitor to the zoo with the programme Animal Magic
Since it opened in 1836, the zoo has welcomed six generations of visitors. More than 90 million people have visited the zoo over the past 180 years, including these soldiers during World War One

  Bristol Zoo was the first UK zoo to hold and breed okapi, as well as being the first British zoo to breed from their gorillas and chimpanzees

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Teenager saves pocket money to buy bacon sandwiches for homeless on way to school

13-year-old Hamish Anderson from Bristol has been handing out bacon sandwiches bought with his own pocket money to the homeless. 

A teenage boy has been helping homeless people in Bristol by using his own pocket money to buy them bacon sandwiches.

Hamish Anderson said he was inspired to do something after noticing the same two homeless men on his way to school.


It was only when the owner of local cafe Prince’s Pantry noticed Hamish buying sandwiches from his shop every morning that anyone found out what was going on.

Hamish had been buying them for the two people he passed in the street each morning.

His JustGiving page which has been set up to raise money for the homeless has already seen donations of more than £1000.

Hamish's JustGiving page has already raised more than £1000.
Hamish’s JustGiving page has already raised more than £1000. 
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Ambitious plans to build three new villages on green belt land on Bristol outskirts move forward

Ambitious plans to build three new villages on green belt land on Bristol outskirts move forward

Three new villages planned for green belt land on the outskirts of Bristol

AMBITIOUS plans to create three new villages on green belt land on the outskirts of Bristol have taken a step forward.

Developer Taylor Wimpey announced last year its vision for a new development of up to 4,500 homes, which will be known as The Vale, on a 305 hectare site on the edge of North Somerset.

The site is bounded to the east by south Bristol and to the west by the A370 Long Ashton bypass and Barrow Tanks.

The area of North Somerset where the proposed development will be built

Although formal plans have yet to be drawn up for the site, a large number of technical surveys have been carried out.

A series of public exhibitions are now being planned next month in a bid to gather peoples’ views and develop the proposals further.

As well as the thousands of new homes, plans for the development include new educational facilities including primary schools.

The development could also see the creation of a new secondary school or university technical college.

The site would also have land earmarked for employment use as well as new village centre(s) with space for cafes, restaurants, shops and services.

It would also include lots of publicly accessible open space, including parkland and new transport hubs with connections into the city.

The new South Bristol Link Road would pass through the eastern section of The Vale, providing the opportunity to extend the Metrobus network, serving the development and connecting through to the A38 and Bristol Airport.


New foot and cycle routes would also connect the new development to the South Bristol Link and the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads corridor,

As part of the plans new sporting, leisure and community facilities could also be developed.

The proposals come at the same time as the four West of England authorities, North Somerset, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire, are working on a joint strategic planning strategy (JSPS) allocating housing provision between them.

North Somerset Council had previously put out a call for sites where housing could be allocated across the district – but has always stressed it will robustly defend the area’s green belt.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “We consider there to be significant advantages to building a new village community on the land either side of the A38 and south of the A370.

“A new community can be planned from the start with strong transport links and with services and facilities that all communities aspire to have on their doorsteps.

“While green belt development should only be pursued after careful consideration and where there are very special circumstances, green belts can change and – in this case – we think should change.”

Bosses at Taylor Wimpey say they expect to submit a planning application ahead of the Joint Spatial Plan(JSP) being finalised.

However it is not expected that the application would be determined until after the JSP is approved later this year.

The spokesman added: “By undertaking all the technical work required of a planning application now, we can be sure that what we are proposing is certain and deliverable.

“We want the new community at The Vale to be the very best that it can.”

The Joint Spatial Strategy is being put together by the West of England’s four authorities and will be a blueprint for future housing, transport and infrastructure developments up until 2036.

The plan calculates that the area will need 85,000 new homes by 2036, 56,000 of which have already been approved or are planned.

It also explores where a further 29,000 homes could be built across the region.

Twelve thousand of these are likely to be provided via ‘urban intensification’, which could see areas such as Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and Bath expanded.

That leaves 17,000 – essentially two towns of the size of Clevedon – to be built across the region, and some of these will be in North Somerset.

The draft Joint Spatial Plan will be published in the autumn of 2016 and submitted to Government in 2017 and could be formally adopted in early 2018.

Plans for up to 9,000 homes on The Vale site had previously been put forward but these were put on the back burner after a decision to scrap the Regional Spatial Strategy was made by the previous coalition government.

Public exhibitions where Taylor Wimpey’s development team, technical experts and highways and ecology experts will be on hand to answer questions are being held over the next month.

Sessions will be at Barrow Gurney Village Hall on July 5, Long Ashton Royal British Legion on July 6 and at Dundry Village Hall on July 7. All sessions run from 3.30pm to 8pm.

Following the exhibitions people will be able to find out more information at

People will be able to give feedback on the scheme and sign up for regular email updates.


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St Paul’s Carnival – Back on !

Good news for St Paul’s Carnival fans – Bristol Mayor vows to bring it backdefault


ST Paul’s Carnival will go ahead either next year or in 2018, Bristol’s new Mayor has vowed.

Marvin Rees announced at last night’s cabinet meeting that he had already spoken to organizers about ways to secure the festival’s future.

This will be the second consecutive year the event. which attracts around 100,000 revelers annually, has not taken place.

A huge question mark was thrown over the event when the city council pulled its support for the committee last November, claiming it had lost confidence in the organizers.


At the same time a carnival commission was set up, involving community groups, businesses and people who take part in the carnival to look at how best to organize the event and secure its future.

Mr Rees said: “We are committed to making sure it goes ahead with the commission, when they come back with their report.

“The question I had for them was did they think it was viable to come in 2018 or 2017? They are being a bit quiet about it but I think they are very keen to come back next year.

“But i think there are lessons we can learn from this about the skills mismatch across different communities in Bristol.

“I want to ensure expertise that are available to certain parts of the city and community are available to other parts of the community and their events as well.”

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17 facts you don’t know about Banksy

17 facts you don’t know about Banksy


17 facts you don’t know about Banksy


Once again street artist Banksy is the talk of Bristol and here are some things you may not know about the illusive star.

This week started with rumours the world-renowned artist was finally going to reveal his identity but while that’s yet to happen he did bring joy to pupils at Bridge Farm Primary School by creating a new mural for them.

This is just one of many, many things ways Banksy has surprised us down the years and here’s some things you may or may not know about him.

1. He was part of Bristol’s underground scene

Banksy started as a freehand graffiti artist in the early 1990s and was one of Bristol’s DryBreadZ Crew (DBZ), with Kato and Tes. He was part of the large Bristol underground scene with Nick Walker, Inkie and 3D.


2. He put Princess Diana on the £10 note

In 2004, he was behind a campaign, which saw the Queen replaced on the £10 by Princess Diana. The fake notes were chucked into crowds at the Notting Hill Carnival and Reading Festival. The notes went on to sell for hundreds of pounds online.


3. The Simpsons had Banksy as a guest…sort of

The satirist certainly left his mark on the world’s biggest TV show when he took over their opening credits in 2010. The tongue-in-cheek launch to the programme showed a behind-the-scenes look at the ‘sweatshop’ responsible for putting together the incredibly popular cartoon.


4. Hollywood has come calling too

Throughout the Clive Owen film, Children of Men, released in 200,6 Banksy’s work can be seen. Artwork includes his iconic image of two male police officers kissing as well as the stencilled image of a child looking down at a shop.

5. Musicians love Banksy

The artwork for the 2003 Blur album, Think Tank, which includes songs Out of Time and Good Song, was designed by Banksy. The street artist is known to avoid commercial work but defended his decision to be involved in the project.

He said: “I’ve done a few things to pay the bills, and I did the Blur album. It was a good record and quite a lot of money. I think that’s a really important distinction to make. If it’s something you actually believe in, doing something commercial doesn’t turn it to shit just because it’s commercial.”

6. Bono commissioned some artwork

While working as guest editor for the Independent, the U2 singer, set Banksy the task of producing Sweeping it Under The Carpet which highlights the West’s perceived lack of interest in issues in Africa.

7. They call Banksy Robin

Although, Banksy, has never revealed his identity the rumours are that he’s called Robin Gunningham. This has seen him referred to as Robin Hood on numerous occasions.


8. Banksy’s a painter

Rumour has it Banksy told his mother he worked as a painter. Certainly, in a broad sense that is true but something of an understatement we think.

9. There’s speculation Banksy is a woman

Despite reported sightings of Banksy, the man, working on artwork, there have been suggestions the artist is a woman. Although, some have said Banksy is a actually a team of artists too.

10. He’s been interviewed face to face

Often releasing statements, rather than doing interviews, to safeguard his anonymity, in 2003, feature writer Simon Hattenstone, actually interviewed Banksy.

He described him as being ‘white, 28, scruffy casual – jeans, T-shirt, a silver tooth, silver chain and silver earring. He looks like a cross between Jimmy Nail and Mike Skinner of the Streets’.

11. Not everyone is a fan

Keep Britain Tidy has described Banksy’s street art as being nothing more than vandalism. It is thought, one of the reasons for Banksy’s anonymity, is the fear the authorities might see it the same way.

12. Not all satirists approve…or do they?

In a Guardian piece headlined ‘Supposing … Subversive genius Banksy is actually rubbish’ Charlie Brooker, creator of Black Mirror, said ‘his work looks dazzlingly clever to idiots’.

13. Banksy regularly supports charities

Pieces have been regularly auctioned off in support of a good causes, with Banksy often backing organisations who help blind people.

14. He’s humble and a little conflicted about his success

In an interview with Village Voice he said: “There’s no way round it – commercial success is a mark of failure for a graffiti artist. We’re not supposed to be embraced in that way. When you look at how society rewards so many of the wrong people, it’s hard not to view financial reimbursement as a badge of self-serving mediocrity.”

15. He owned Paris Hilton

Banksy was behind a hoax in 2004 where he questioned socialite Paris Hilton’s notoriety. A sticker on the cover said ‘Paris Hilton debut album featuring Why Am I famous? What Have I Done? and What Am I For?’.

He’s a big fan as you can see.

16. He once gave a couple Glastonbury tickets to let him produce a mural on their trailer

In 1998, Banksy asked a couple if he could paint a mural on the side of their 30-foot trailer home. He was a little-known graffiti artist at the time and offered them a pair of tickets to Glastonbury. The couple agreed, not knowing that they would one day be selling this $1,000 mobile home for $500,000 because of the mural on its side.


17. Banksy is one of us

It is thought, Banksy (possibly AKA Robin Gunningham) attended Bristol Cathedral School and down the years many of his former classmates have been interviewed about him. Whoever Banksy is, one thing is for certain, Bristol is incredibly proud of him.

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Banksy leaves mural and cheeky note in Bristol school as thanks for tribute

Artist shows gratitude to Bridge Farm primary for naming house after him, but tells pupils ‘forgiveness is easier to get than permission’ 14479792-large

The street artist Banksy has painted a primary school playground wall and left a note that could cause havoc with the school’s code of discipline – “remember it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission” – in gratitude for the honour of having one of the houses of the school in Bristol named after him.


A new Banksy has appeared on a building at Bridge Farm Primary School in Whitchurch, Bristol. Pictured head teacher Geoff Mason and pupil Charlie Luka, 7. Photo by Dan Regan 06/06/2016 Reporter - Michael Yong Copyright - Local World

The painting, of a scribbly school girl bowling an alarmingly realistic burning tyre along the 14ft wall, and the note left for the school caretaker, appeared overnight at Bridge Farm primary school, in the city where the anonymous artist’s meteoric career began.

Pest Control, his agents who authenticate his work, promptly confirmed to the Bristolstuff that the work is genuine – despite their warning “because many Banksy pieces are created in an advanced state of intoxication the authentication process can be lengthy and challenging” – and that the school has framed the note. Unusually the mural includes a signature, but in the tricky world of real and fake Banksy, that is no guarantee of authenticity.

The pupils had written to Banksy before Easter, telling him that they had voted to rename one of their four school houses in his honour. He is in good company: the others are Cabot, after the 15th-century Italian explorer John Cabot, who mounted three voyages of exploration from Bristol; Brunel after the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who slung the famous suspension bridge over the city’s Avon Gorge; and Blackbeard after the pirate said to have been born in Bristol.

Although many Banksy street pieces have been expensively peeled off their walls and dispatched to the auction room, to the anguish of local people who regarded them as gifts to their community, the school’s headteacher Geoff Mason has confirmed that they have no plans to sell it, and regard it as “inspirational and aspirational” for the pupils.

He will not be allowing the pupils to act on the artist’s suggestion that if they do not like the picture, they can add to it. The note to the school read: “Dear Bridge Farm, thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture. If you don’t like it, feel free to add stuff – I’m sure the teachers wont mind. Remember – it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. With love, Banksy.”

A new Banksy has appeared on a building at Bridge Farm Primary School in Whitchurch, Bristol. Photo by Dan Regan 06/06/2016 Reporter - Michael Yong Copyright - Local World

The anonymous artist’s career began in Bristol, and his works now fetch huge prices at auction – Kissing Coppers, originally a mural in Brighton, sold in Miami for nearly $500,000 (£345,000) in 2014. Several of his early works have been preserved on walls in Bristol, and are thought to add enormously to the value of properties – one dilapidated pub with a Banksy sold for twice the original estimate.

Last summer, he invited a collection of anarchic artists to create a spoof funfair, Dismaland, in a derelict lido in Weston-super-Mare – which had people queueing for up to four hours to take in jokes about security paranoia, state repression, immigration and capitalism. The desolate installation, with staff ordered to look as sullen and wretched as possible, is believed to have added millions to the local economy.

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Will Banksy’s identity finally be revealed today?

Bristol graffiti artist Banksy could finally reveal his identity today at an art award show.

The artist has kept his true identity a mystery for years, but there are rumours he could finally be unmasked at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in London.

He is expected to attend the ceremony to pick up a visual arts prize for his Weston-super-Mare theme park Dismaland.

The art exhibition in August saw thousands head to the derelict lido – including celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Russell Brand and Jack Black.

It is the 20th anniversary of the awards.

The artists has long been rumoured to be former Bristol Cathedral schoolboy Robin Gunningham.

A scientific study which took place earlier this year backed that theory.

Banksy rose to fame in the late 1990s, when his provocative stencil work – most of which is on display in Bristol and London – started to get recognition.

He began his career as a graffiti artist with gang DryBreadZ before his signature style developed.

The artwork focuses political themes including war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed.

In 2010 he became the subject of a documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Finally ………We hope not here at bristolstuff

Here is a real treat for you all from bristolstuff

banksy new noteThis is a picture off the new 2016 docoBANKSY , Chopped up banknote , It is 1 of 100 that ever will be made, and no more will never be anymore made , so its Really rare ,It was presented to a Lucky few , who purchased the new 2016 DVD ,  Also the new docoBANKSY DVD , Which is due to be show in the USA later this year , Will almost certainly be shown in the UK sometime after this , If you are not one off the chosen few that was lucky enough to receive one off these new notes , You will never get to see them , so here is a picture i have taken to share with you all . You can still buy a copy off the dvd , if you send me a email i can reply with  contact details for you .

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Bristol Running Man Challenge to save a life

Upon finding their colleague and friend Kathryn Osmond needed funds for a life-saving cancer treatment, over 40 paramedics decided to raise those necessary funds… via meme.



The paramedics of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust performed the Running Man Challenge (#runningmanchallenge, for the social media savvy) at Sion Hill in front of the Clifton Suspension Bridge at 10:00 am on Thursday.


“We as Paramedics spend our lives trying to save others, we have managed to fund raise £4000 ourselves over the last month, but Kath hasn’t got much time left and needs more money more quickly to pay for a potentially lifesaving treatment which is not available to be funded by the NHS,” explains Sasha Johnston, Kathryn’s friend and colleague. Kathryn needs £70,000 to complete the treatment.

The event involved the paramedics, along with their associates from the local air ambulance and rapid response teams, dancing wildly as music blasted.


Instead of just doing the running man dance, the paramedics based their challenge on the ‘Money Supermarket dance off’ advertisement and plan to create choreographed clips with the help of production company Tigress Productions.

The medical service people danced in full uniform alongside ambulances, rapid response cars, motorbikes and an air support mascot.


Once the £70,000 is raised, Kathryn hopes to receive TILs (tumor infiltrating lymphocytes). Anyone wishing to donate to raise funds for her treatment can give money here.


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Acts including Hot Chip, Everything Everything, Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy and Katy B played the annual party at Eastville Park.

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Love saves the day Photos from Saturday

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Love Saves the Day: What you can and cannot take to the two-day festival

This weekend Love Saves the Day will be taking over Eastville Park for two days.

The site is open from 11am, and once you are inside there is no re-entry.

So you need to make sure you have everything you need with you when you enter.

What you need to bring:


And not just to buy alcohol either.

Love Saves the Day is open to all ages but under-18s must be accompanied by an adult. So if you planning to take a younger relative along with you, then you may want to make sure you don’t leave your driving license at home.

Of course Challenge 25 will be in operation at the bars.

Toilet paper or tissue.

The toilets will be cleaned and restocked through out the day, but the chances are you will find yourself in at least one that is due some new loo rol.

You don’t want to find yourself without any.

Raincoat and sunscreen.

The weather is unpredictable at the best of times. So you need to be prepared.

A small tube of sun cream and a light rain coat you can put in your bag will keep you dry and your skin safe.


Small umbrellas are usually allowed past security, but you will not be able to open them while the acts are on stage.

What you cannot bring:

Food and drink.

Outside food and drink (including alcohol) is not allowed inside the festival, with the exception of attendees with specific dietary requirements backed up by a doctor’s note.

This is a condition of the festival’s license and it is something they must enforce in order to secure permission for the event to go ahead.

There are, however, plenty of bars and Smoothy’s  and traders providing refreshments all day long as well as ample water points.

Fireworks, laser pens, or flares.

Alcohol, illicit drugs, or ‘legal highs’ including nitrous oxide.

Animals (with the exception of guide dogs).

Selfie sticks

Anything which could be considered an offensive weapon.

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Work begins on Concorde’s final Bristol home

Work has begun on a permanent home for the last Concorde to take to the skies.

The jet has been parked on a runway in Filton since its farewell flight over its home city of Bristol in 2003.

Pilot Les Brodie, who flew her for the final time in 2003, said now everybody would be able to see the “wonder of Concorde”.

Concorde 216 will be the centrepiece of the new Bristol Aerospace Centre, which will also explore the development of aviation.

The £16m museum will be built around a listed WW1 hangar and will include a purpose-built exhibition hall for the jet.

‘Massive building’

Project director Lloyd Burnell said the building being built to house Concorde would be completed in about March 2017.

He said it was “great to see diggers on site” and added the main steelwork structure would start being constructed in a month to six weeks’ time.

“It’s about 90 metres long, about 40 metres wide and about 16 to 20 metres high, so it’s a really massive building to contain Concorde,” he said.

Les Brodie, who flew Concorde 216 into Filton for the final time in 2003, said it was a “big day”.

He said: “It’s going to be wonderful to see the aeroplane under cover eventually next year. It’s been sat out all these years, since November 26th 2003 when we landed here.

“It’s good now to know that it’ll be under cover and accessible to the public as well. Now people can come and see the wonder of the Concorde.

“It’s a unique means of transport and it hasn’t been followed since in all these years.”

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Bristol band Portishead win Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at Ivor Novellos

bethBeth Gibbons from Portishead which won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the Ivors

Portishead, one of the biggest bands to come out of Bristol, scooped the Outstanding Contribution to British Music gong at the Ivor Novello awards.

Band member Geoff Barrow also won the award for Best Original Film Score, which he share with Ben Salisbury for their production of the Ex Machina soundtrack.

The ceremony was held in London on Thursday night and other winners include the likes of Adele and James Bay.

Portishead formed in Bristol in 1991 and, along with Barrow, also includes Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley.

The Ivor Novello Awards are presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and are awarded for songwriting and composing.

The ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

BASCA chairman Stephen McNeff said: “Today’s awards have recognised both young and emerging talent as well as established names, whilst celebrating the enduring catalogues of some of our outstanding songwriters and composers.”

Adele took home the Songwriter of the Year prize, while James Bay was handed the prize for Most Performed Work.

Other winners included Bryan Adams and Blur’s Damon Albarn.

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