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Pictures of the week: August 1 - 8
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  • Performers from Shona the Musical Choir at a photocall for the launch of the Edinburgh International Festival 2021, at Edinburgh Old College. Picture date: Friday August 6, 2021.

  • Geronimo the alpaca with owner Helen Macdonald, before he is removed from Shepherds Close Farm in Wooton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, following orders from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) the he be put down after he tested positive twice for bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Ms Macdonald lost a High Court appeal last month to prevent Geronimo, her stud alpaca, from being killed, allowing the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) to seize Geronimo for destruction. Picture date: Friday August 6, 2021.

  • Paul and Louise Drake celebrating their �5.16 million pound lottery win at Deer Park Golf and Country Club in Livingston, West Lothian. Paul and Louise, a district nurse, live with their two sons, aged 11 and 15, in Seafield near Bathgate, Edinburgh. Picture date: Friday August 6, 2021.

  • HARROGATE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Junior Soldiers from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate take part in their graduation parade on August 05, 2021 in Harrogate, England. The graduation parade marked the culmination up to 12 months of military training for over 700 of the British Army's newest future soldiers. Junior Soldiers from the Army Foundation College Harrogate completed initial soldier training that includes military skills, leadership training, physical development lessons, teamwork, and the Duke of Edinburgh's award. Family, friends and guests of the junior soldiers attended the parade, which was presided over by Lieutenant General Ian Cave CB, Commander Home Command and Standing Joint Commander (UK). The proceedings included a parachute display, fly past, music from a military band and the first use of Captain Sir Tom Moore Walk, a memorial walkway. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the bridge of the Esvagt Alba during a visit to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East, off the Aberdeenshire coast, during his visit to Scotland. Picture date: Thursday August 5, 2021.

  • Chelsea pensioner Bob Sullivan (left), 98, sits with a fellow veteran ahead of the annual Founder's Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Picture date: Thursday August 5, 2021.

  • EDITORIAL USE ONLY Jessica Barnard from Essex with her pet cat Mikey, who has been announced as the winner of the 'Outstanding Rescue Cat' category and is now a finalist in this year's Cats Protection National Cat Awards, sponsored by Purina. Issue date: Thursday August 5, 2021.

  • Balloon pilots check the rigging inside a balloon canopy as they prepare for the first mass ascent from Filton, Bristol, during 'Fiesta Fortnight' that will see hundreds of balloons above the skies of Bristol over two weeks, culminating in the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court Estate. Picture date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.

  • People walk by Umberslade Farm in Tamworth in Arden, Warwickshire, during morning sunshine. Picture date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.

  • DUNGENESS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: A group of around 40 migrants arrive via the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) on Dungeness beach on August 04, 2021 in Dungeness, England. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel recently said that the government would seek to criminalise irregular migration, accusing people smugglers of "exploiting our asylum system to bring in economic migrants and people that, quite frankly, are circumventing our legal migration routes." (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Lola Tambling, Alex Halford and Miriam Nelson pose with the GB flag as Team GB Sky Brown's Olympic Bronze medal inspires the next generation of female skateboarders at the XC on August 4, 2021 in Hemel Hempstead, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images for National Lottery)

  • Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer during a visit to Whitelees windfarm, Eaglesham, as he continues his visit to Scotland. Picture date: Thursday August 5, 2021.

  • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a visit to the Fallin Nursery in Fallin, Stirlingshire. Picture date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.

  • The container ship Ever Given, chartered and operated by container transportation and shipping company Evergreen Marine, arrives at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk. The huge container ship that blocked the Suez Canal is preparing to dock in the UK for the first time since causing disruption to global shipping. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021.

  • Empty deck chairs in St. James Park in London. Picture date: Monday August 2, 2021.

  • Cast members, including (left to right) Adam Cooper (2nd left, yellow umbrella), Charlotte Gooch (centre, blue umbrella) and Kevin Clifton (4th right, green umbrella) at the rehearsals for Singin' in the Rain, before it re-opens later this week at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021.

  • A Grey Heron in St. James Park in London. Picture date: Monday August 2, 2021.

  • A person uses their phone to film a televised broadcast of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking to MSPS during a virtual sitting of the Scottish Parliament. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021.

  • Gold medal winning BMX rider Bethany Shriever is met by her boyfriend Brynley Savage in Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport as she returns to the UK from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021.

  • Jack Bessant from Reef performs live on the Castle stage on day 3 of Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle - Wareham. Picture date: Sunday 1st August 2021. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

  • General view pyrotechnics going off during The Hundred match at Lord's, London. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021.

  • People from Windrush and Reparatory Justice groups from around the UK attend an Emancipation Day gathering at the Max Roach Park, in Brixton, London. The groups are proposing a 'Windrush Act' to pay reparations and restore revoked citizenship to the Windrush Generation and their descendants. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021.

  • Leeds Rhinos' James Donaldson receives treatment for a possible head injury during the Betfred Super League match at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021.

  • The sun rises over Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021.

  • Climate activists demonstrating outside the gates of the Mossmorran petrochemical refinery near Cowdenbeath to protest against flaring and pollution at the plant. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021.

  • A samba band plays as the newly-elected Batley & Spen MP, Kim Leadbeater, the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox, greets the Jo Cox Way cyclists, a group of 70 mixed-ability cyclists, at Flat Iron Square, in Southwark, London, following their five-day journey from West Yorkshire. Picture date: Sunday August 1, 2021.

  • Officers at a property on Tame Road in Tipton, West Midlands, where a house fire Tuesday evening has caused the death of a man and left a woman in hospital with smoke inhalation. An 18-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson. Picture date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.

  • Errollyn Wallen from London is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), following an investiture ceremony at St James's Palace in London. Picture date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.

  • India captain Virat Kohli during day one of Cinch First Test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Picture date: Wednesday August 4, 2021.

  • ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Arsenal's Bukayo Saka walks to the gym at the Arsenal training centre before a training session at London Colney on August 04, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)