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Good evening. stories on the BBC News Channel.

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The Irish ambassador was one of the guests of honour

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at the St Patrick's day parade in Birmingham today.

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It was one of his last official functions before

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Thousands turned out for the event, which this year was entirely paid

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The sun was almost shinning, and the pipes were playing as 85,000

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people took to the streets of Birmingham - to celebrate

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Very proud to be Irish, very proud to be here.

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It is brilliant this year, there is great craic going on, the

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We are enjoying ourselves, aren't we girls?

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And this year they were joined by a special guest -

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He's taking up a new role in Washington later this year -

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but chose to spend his last St Patrick's weekend in the UK

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It's as good as anything I've seen around the world,

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I have been around the place, I have seen St Patrick's events all

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and I have enjoyed them all, this is

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a very enjoyable occasion and fair play to the Irish in

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Birmingham for putting on such a marvellous event.

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and thousands and thousands of people have turned out

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for what is one of the biggest St Patrick's Day Parades

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In fact, the organisers reckon it's the third largest

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after New York and Dublin - but having lost its funding

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from the city council this year's event had to pay it's own way.

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Really happy with the way it's gone,

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private sponsors, pubs, all on board.

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It's a big parade, more people here, running our own bars.

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This is exactly what we wanted and it has

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With bars and live music going on into the evening -

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Birmingham's surely in for good craic.

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Elizabeth Glinka, BBC Midlands Today in Digbeth.

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An investigation's under way into reports that shots were fired

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after problems at a birthday party in Smethwick.

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Police were called to the CAP centre in Windmill Lane at around

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A bullet and a shotgun casing were discovered -

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but no one is reported to have been injured.

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Officers are now looking through CCTV to find

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Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died

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after his bike was in collision with a car in Birmingham last month.

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15-year-old Sean Purchase was injured in the crash

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on Bandywood Road in Great Barr in February but died last week.

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His family said he was the "strongest person

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Campaigners are running out of time to raise almost half a million

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pounds to keep one of the first vases Josiah Wedgwood

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ever made at his factory in Etruria, in the Midlands.

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The piece from 1769 was sold at Christies to a foreign buyer

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and an export ban runs out on Tuesday.

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So far ?79,000 has been pledged by the public to try

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Gordon Banks was just one of the famous Stoke City players

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helping recreate the team's famous league Cup victory

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Most of the original team were there as part of a vintage

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cavalcade which toured the area, including the winning goal-scorer

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George Eastham who had flown in from South Africa

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And hundreds of fans turned out to to remember the club's famous 2-1

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I get a chance now and again to come from South Africa to see

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the players, but this is a special occasion.

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People turning out to congratulate us, it's lovely.

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Finally Archaelogists at Gloucester Cathedral have

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uncovered what they believe could be a strap for a person's false leg,

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The metal pieces were found in the old lay cemetery.

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Experts say traces of bone and wood, found with the band,

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suggest it supported an artificial limb.

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It's hoped the pieces will eventually be put on show.

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It'd probably better be with the weather!

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Here's Alex Hamilton with all the details.

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We had rather a mixed bag of weather across

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We have high pressure starting to build in

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over the next couple of days so expect conditions to be more

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It is set to be a mild night tonight, variable amounts of

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cloud through to the early hours with lows of seven Celsius.

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Tomorrow morning, we should start on a bright and sunny note.

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That cloud builds in from the north-west but

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when we get the sunny spells, we expect temperatures of around 15

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Celsius so it will feel springlike as we start the new working week.

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Midlands Today will be back at Breakfast tomorrow as usual,

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But from all of us here, have a good night.

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Good evening. For many places it was a fairly cloudy day on suspend but

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there was sunshine for western areas during the afternoon, and here are

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the clear skies at sunset in Northern Ireland. Thanks to weather

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watcher Robin for this picture, those clear skies have been making

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their

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