This live event has finished
- HUNDREDS of children are gathering at Pier Approach to mark the start of the Bournemouth Children's Festival.
- Poole council is going to court for an eviction order for the travellers at Baiter Park
- An inquest is being opened into the death of D-Day veteran Phil Carey - police think a "collision" may have caused the fall which led to his death
- Traffic is expected to be heavy on the first day of the school holidays
Police have issued figures showing how much they've spent on road safety in the last year. More than £5m was spent in 2013, but road deaths still rose to 28, from 24 in 2012. They are stepping up their No Excuses campaign. Full details here
A body has been found in the search for missing Poole man Alan Allgood. Story here
Our full report on the A31 crash is now live. Read it here
Local weather enthusiast Jim Smith has said it's the hottest day in Bournemouth for eight years, when we hit 30.7C.
Today the temperature is a rather toasty 29.9C, which we believe is 85 in Fahrenheit!
The A31 at Wimborne could remain closed into rush hour (no estimated reopening time as yet.) Allow extra time for journeys this evening.— @TravelDorset 24 July 2014
All our pictures from this morning's Children's Festival parade are now online. View them in a gallery
Here's our full report of the parade at the Children's Festival earlier, with video. A gallery of all the images will be online later this afternoon.
And in case you haven't had chance to go outside yet, latest recorded temperature at Hurn is 28C, predicted to rise to 29C this afternoon. The Met Office is warning of very high UV levels.
#UV levels are HIGH & VERY HIGH today, especially in the sun. Info on sun health advice: http://t.co/ron33JuhZX http://t.co/dci2vvGCFH— @metoffice 24 July 2014
And we've got a lucky lottery winner - she sells lottery tickets for a living at Asda in Castlepoint and bought herself a winning £300k scratchcard on her lunch break last week.
Here are the children of St Mark's celebrating the end of school
Some stories you might have missed this morning:
You can follow updates on the A31 crash here
Here's another video of the parade a little earlier on
The Mayor performs on stage at the Children's Festival @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/ImZ3kZlfid— @SallyDailyEcho 24 July 2014
We're got lots of traffic news: heavy traffic on the A35 at Hinton because of roadworks and a serious accident has closed the A31. More details on that to follow.
The Mayor of Bournemouth on stage to talk to the festival goers @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/zroZdZ5a6L— @KWilliamsJourno 24 July 2014
Mr Nigel Beale talks about the history of the event @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/M1bauymRKT— @KWilliamsJourno 24 July 2014
Daisy, Caleb and Stanley proudly holding their Peace Medals @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/Ut8nj2ESIo— @KWilliamsJourno 24 July 2014
The beautiful horse-drawn carriage prepares to leave the festival! @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/Vqix1Rf8FN— @KWilliamsJourno 24 July 2014
Hundreds march in the Bmth Children's Festival Parade @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/gPv4gDvVQd— @SallyDailyEcho 24 July 2014
Just discovered B*Witched will be performing at Meyrick Park this afternoon. Time to dig out the double denim!— @Gayle_Echo 24 July 2014
More than 170 stalls and a host of other entertainment will be there too— @Gayle_Echo 24 July 2014
Here's video footage of the parade a little earlier as it left Pier Approach:
@Bournemouthecho Children's Parade. Councillors waiting for the young people in #Bournemouth Square.. http://t.co/h8w7730aet— @CllrChrisW 24 July 2014
Parade coming through Bournemouth Gardens with marching band leading! @Bournemouthecho #bmouthsummer http://t.co/P2RIguBimg— @KWilliamsJourno 24 July 2014
The last Children's Festival in Bournemouth was held before the start of the war— @Gayle_Echo 24 July 2014
The Bmth Children's Festival Parade @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/sZ9bYss0Nk— @SallyDailyEcho 24 July 2014
The Bmth Children's Festival Parade heads through the gardens @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/TYh8CjDebz— @SallyDailyEcho 24 July 2014
In commemoration of the centenary of the start of WW1, this year's Family Festival has been based on the town's Children's Festival— @Gayle_Echo 24 July 2014
If you're there, use the #bmthsummer hashtag to send us your tweets and pictures for inclusion in the blog.
Morning: we're out at the Children's Festival Parade this morning. A lovely day for the first one in 100 years.
Bands gather to take part in the Bmth Children's Festival Parade @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/262WmDQDBa— @SallyDailyEcho 24 July 2014
People gather to take part in the Bmth Children's Festival Parade @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/gNVdqCXnVb— @SallyDailyEcho 24 July 2014
Hundreds gather to part in the Bmth Children's Festival Parade @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/8rfHMkUqVd— @SallyDailyEcho 24 July 2014
@Bournemouthecho crowds are starting to gather at Pier Approach for the Children's Parade http://t.co/jHKqxHppjz— @Gayle_Echo 24 July 2014