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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
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Graves cleaned up for memorial service

A special memorial service is taking place in Nottingham next month to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Several of the soldiers killed during the engagement are buried in Nottingham's general cemetery off Mansfield Road.

From Tuesday, staff from the War Graves Commission are helping with the repair and renovation of some of the headstones.

Lord Byron's home gets facelift

A former stately home that fell into disrepair has been renovated and will be turned into a restaurant.

Colwick Hall on the River Trent near Nottingham was once the ancestral home of poet Lord Byron.

Developers spent 1m renovating the home and have sold the lease to the Pearl Group for a reported 2.5m.

The new owners are opening an English and a Malayan restaurant at the hall in October.

New music studios at school

New facilities at a Newark school have been opened by the actor Timothy West.

The dance studio and drama and music rooms at the Magnus Church of England School have taken a year to build and will be used by other people living in the area.

The facilities have been funded by lottery money.

Headteacher Glenn Evans said he believed the new studios would make a big difference.

Town gets new street sweeper

Mansfield is set to be a cleaner place with the help of a new 80,000 street cleaner.

The council has bought the sweeper which treats pavements and roads in the town centre with hot water before sucking it up again.

It means the pedestrianised area is being restored to how it looked when it was laid 20 years ago.

The machine is the only one of its kind so far in the East Midlands, and is the latest instalment in a 3m scheme to clean up the town.

Nobel prize winner honoured

The work of the Nottingham Nobel prize winner, Sir Peter Mansfield was celebrated at an event in London.

The Professor is known for his work on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which allows doctors to examine inside the body without the need for invasive surgery.

His work brought international recognition and the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2003.

The Magic Inside was held at the Science Museum in South Kensington on Wednesday evening with the Science Minister, Lord Sainsbury among the guests.


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