News Pictures

£1 king’s empire is revealed

Keith with entertainer Bobby Davro, Keith's son Steve and Poundland co-founder David Dodd, pictured in the mid 90s.

"I thought it would be good, but not this good," smiled Keith Smith, surveying the grounds of his giant Grade 1 listed Jacobean mansion in the Shropshire countryside.

Diehard scooter fans take style up a gear

David Thompson gets set for the ride out with his son Alex, aged 10.

There's the splutter of the engines followed by the familiar mosquito type buzz as they zip off into the distance - a scene straight out of cult classic Quadrophenia.

WW1 brought to life in the Black Country

Crowds enjoy the wartime event.

Cracking Morse codes, tackling Army assault courses, using carrier pigeons to send messages - the many challenges of wartime were brought to life for thousands of people in the Black Country

Cheers to the Black Country

The Black Country Flag flies at Dudley Castle.

Yow cor beat the Black Country - the cry of many a proud Black Countrymon as folk of all ages joined forces to celebrate everything about it.

Bostin! It's happy Black Country Day

The flag flies high over Dudley Castle

Break out the faggots and paes – today is official Black Country Day with thousands of people celebrating in the sunshine as specially-designed flags fly high over local landmarks.

Princess Royal delights sailing enthusiasts


Thousands of boating enthusiasts have flooded through its doors in the past six decades - and the Princess Royal delighted scores of them as she visited a sailing club in Staffordshire to mark its 60th anniversary.