07/11/2011 Inside Out West


Alastair McKee visits the Occupy Bristol protest camp to determine how the campaigners are faring. And Paul Potts reveals the story behind an Ivor Novello wartime recruitment song.

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Hello. Tonight, we are at the occupied Bristol protest camp right


next to the city's Anglican cathedral. The protesters are into


their fourth week of living in tents now. So, how long are they


planning to stay? What do they hope to achieve?


are not here to pack up and go home. We are here for the long haul and


until we effect a change. Also, we meet the new homeowners near


Swindon who say they're living in what amounts to a ghost town.


Sometimes you feel a bit deserted, as though you're out in a field


somewhere. I would like there to be a shop here now and a doctors.


Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts uncovers the moving story


behind a wartime recruitment song. # And when the seas are free again-


# I'm Alastair McKey and this is Inside Out West.


It started in New York. Now there are protests camps springing up


across the world. Here in Bristol, they've been here since about mid-


October. Protesters insist they won't be moving on any time soon.


So what is it all about? And what can they really hope to achieve?


It's breakfast time on College Green. I'm hoping I might be


offered a cup of tea. But I'm in for a real treat. Smells very good.


Gorgeous. I'll be honest. It's not bad. What is it? Eggs, tomatoes,


garlic, chives. Does it have a # I'm not giving in


# Today... # I've come here to see myself what the occupy movement


looks like up close. I want to find out why they're here, what they


hope to achieve and how long they plan to stay.


But first, back to that breakfast. How do you decide who does the


cooking and the cleaning? We have a cooking rota up over there. I'm on


with one of the young ones on site at the moment exme and her's doing


dinner tonight. What would you be doing if you weren't here? Probably


chilling out at home watching TV. I would be now because one of my


programmes are probably on about now. Are you recording them? Not at


the moment. You weren't expecting to be here for quite so long?


honest, no, it was more a case of find out what's going on and just


ended up being here ever since. I'm just basically staying.


It's been nearly two months since the occupy movement started in New


York. Their message, we are 99%, refers to the proportion of people


who aren't wealthy. The first protest in this country outside St


Paul's Cathedral ignited a row within the Church of England.


Bristol pitched its first tent on College Green on the 15th October


and has been growing ever since. After breakfast, the mammoth job of


washing up. Not easy when your work top is a snooker table and the


nearest tap is 100 metres away. Why are you here, in your mind?


There are signs up around the camp, but if there's an element of


protest to it, what are you protesting against and what's the


message that you are trying to tell? The thing is, it's not even


about having to spread a message, it's unlocking people's heads, they


know the message, they know it's a fundamental message. The Oxford


figure of 13 billion to feed the entire world for a year was what


was spent on military spending in eight days. There's something


fundamentally backward about this system. Sitting around the camp


fire, I meet the camp's youngest member, nine-year-old Tala. What


would be your advice to your friends? What will you tell them


when you go back to school on Tuesday about Occupy Bristol?


should go there. Come along too? Yes. If you had a chance to bring


your class along, for a class visit, would you go for that? Yes.


would Tala's class mates really understand what this is all about?


I'm still struggling. One of the criticisms that I've heard is that


the message that you have doesn't have a clarity to it. It's a jumble


of lots of different messages and that as a means to protest, it's


not the best starting point? argue it's not a protest, it's a


democracy installation. Or a social experiment. OK, but people see this


occupation and it's a very visual thing and they look for a message


behind it. They look for something that you are communicating? People


are used to a protest being about like Trident, if you ban it we'll


be happy but that's not what this is, but it doesn't mean it's not


something interesting and real and useful. The situation about banking,


corporate companies, government, people are fed up.


While I'm on site, preparations are being made for an occupy Bristol


open day, a small marquee is being erected to host a public debate and


two truck loads of pal tlets have arrived in an effort to combat the


growing mud problem -- pallets. While all that's happening, I leave


the camp and talk to some of those walking past it.


They have made their point and they've don it quietly, but I think


it's time they moved on and let the Bristolians enjoy what belongs to


them. I've already seen the people and can understand why they're


fighting against capitalism because what really they should be doing is


getting right at the top, you know,, right at the top of the world, put


things in place here and help others be more civilised from


bottom. I've no idea what they are trying to achieve. I don't know


what their objectives are apart from making a mess and ruining a


public space. Would you consider wandering in there and sitting down


by the fire? No, I don't think so. That in a way gives support to the


occupation and I wouldn't want to do that. I just don't have time to


go to hear their talks and things. I would quite like to have time to


go and sits in a field but I don't. At the heart of this protest is the


very symbolic action of occupying land that isn't theirs. What do you


think about the movement, officer, tueng it's just? At the end of the


day, you're in the service industry and you are being affected, won't


you -- do you think It's not really my place to have an opinion is it.


It is because you are a person. while in uniform. Does it trouble


you? I can speak for myself on that, it doesn't trouble me. It doesn't


trouble me in the slightest, you know. We have issues that we need


to deal with and we need to get those issues out to the public as


quickly and as best as we can. If that means occupying, it means


occupying. As things stand, the church has politely asked the


protesters to leave, but is not planning any action to enforce this.


I'm interested to know what the tipping point would be. I'm clear


in my own mind that peaceful protest is very important. I'm


clear that there would be certain events that would trigger a


different response. It's been a peaceful protest, I'm sure it will


stay that way. If it ceases to be that, we'd have to take a different


view. Where would it lead? How far would you go? What action would you


be prepared to take? Hard to answer that because it's a rather


hypothetical case. We are not talking about eviction at the


moment. If they damaged what is a stunningly beautiful and important


building, if they threatened the cathedral staff, if they were at


risk themselves or were putting the public at risk in Bristol, then we


would have to think differently. They have said they don't want you


to stay, they have said they want you to leave. They have, yes.


Through the council they've asked us to leave. We've politely


declined that offer, you know. Like I said, we are not here to pack up


and go home, we are here for the long haul, until we effect a change.


If they do come in heavy handed and move us on, we'll just move


somewhere else, simple as that. the afternoon draws on, new faces


appear on site, perhaps attracted by the warm fire and hot stew.


are going to start the General Assembly over there under the arch


the other side of the fountains right now basically. To round up


the day's events, a small meeting takes place under the arches of the


council building next door. Whatever you think about the rights


or wrongs of this protest, it's clearly provoking a debate about


social inequality and injustice. What's less clear is when the


occupation will end. If you've got views on the protest camp, why not


join the conversation on Twitter. Later in the programme: The men who


never came home. Paul Potts remembers Bristol's own.


Next, the homeowners who say they're living in what amounts to a


ghost town. When developers published their glossy brochure, it


promised to be a brand-new community with lots of facilities.


But it didn't quite turn out that way. This is WitchEllestow on the


edge of Swindon. By now, it was supposed to be a thriving new


community. -- Wichel Stow. Things haven't gone to plan. There are


roads, signs and street furniture, but none of it seems to go anywhere.


It feels very strange here. It kind of seems like it's all just been


abandoned. Today, less than a tenth of the 4,500 homes planned for this


massive site have been built. generally quite quiet. Sometimes


you feel a bit deserted, it's probably the only way you can say,


you feel as though you are out in a field somewhere really. Sarah watts


lives here with her children in east Witchell, the only part of the


development which has houses. Hello, I'm Alastair. Come in.


Thank you. So, two-and-a-half years after you've moved here, how normal


is life here? It's normal as in it's a normal home, it's a lovely


home to live in, probably if I could pick the home up and put it


somewhere where there was more to do, you just feel, you know, it's


normal within the house, but when you go out, there isn't anything


for them to do because there's no play areas, no park, nothing where


they can just burn energy. story of Sarah's home began back in


2005 when planning permission was granted. The vision included


schools, shops, bars and restaurants, all up and running by


2015. It was all going so well, then Swindon, along with the rest


of the West felt the bite of the recession. If people struggle to


get mortgages, they are struggling to buy houses. How do you get


things moving? We need to notice things have changed and the


developers, the landowners, the borough council, it's all about


people coming together and saying, if we can't do what we originally


planned and if we can't extend things the way we wanted to, what


can we do and working together is the way that people find solutions.


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Today, only 500 homes are complete Who is to blame for stagnation? To


residents the water appears muddied. Who do you understand should be


finding solutions? I wish I knew. It would be nice if the information


was given to us in the first place. I am worried that the nice new town


is going to be ruined before it is done. The original partners were


Swindon council and the housebuilder Taylor Wimpey. In 2008


the recession bit and the partnership faltered. Taylor Wimpey


had to pay compensation to pull out of the deal. It agreed to continue


building. Swindon council faced a decision. What should it do with


the rest of the town and the pay- off. It is using the cash to pay


interest on a loan for roads and drainage. It argues that this will


make middle and West which will more attractive to buyers. None of


this eases the concerns of the families now. You get a sense that


some of them feel a bit stranded and forgotten. It is a question for


the developers and the landowners. The council is neither of those. I


cannot speak on their behalf. It is not the developers fault. You have


to realise that because of the state of the economy and the


downturn in the housing market, not as many houses are being sold. It


is up to the developers and the landowners to provide the


facilities, not the local authority. As I pressed the council over the


role in helping residents, he asked for the interview to be halted by a


be carried on filming. Do you know what councils do? I am not a


councillor and I do not run councils. Why are you asking dumb


ask questions? Queue. You are starting to offend me. You are


banging on about something you know nothing about and which has nothing


to do with the council. We did not stuff up the economy. Get it right.


What I am doing is repeating some of the concerns that some of the


people we have spoken to have about the estate there they moved into.


Have you put that to Taylor Wimpey? What is their response? It is not


the council's job to provide shops and doctors' surgeries. Get that


into your head. The counsellor later risk -- apologised to his


reaction. Taylor Wimpey later Development is now on hold. There


are no dates for any building work. A supermarket has apparently shown


interest. For residents, the progress cannot come soon enough.


You could be in for a long wait. seems that way. The children will


probably have left home by the time it is finished. Council leaders are


convinced that the town will be a success. Even this road will


eventually lead somewhere, even if that somewhere takes another


If there is something you would like us to investigate then send us


Do you remember the moment when Paul pops up 1 at the TV show,


His performance turned him into an international superstar. Tonight he


is back in his home city of Bristol to tell us the amazing story of a


recently discovered piece of music. I am on my way to have a look at a


remarkable discovery. Hidden away in the archives of the Bristol


Record Office, they found a piece of music were there really are


moving story behind it. I am meeting an author and social


historian who stumbled across the music. It is a piece of sheet music


written in 1914. It was written for fund raising and for recruiting a


song for the new Bristol Battalion. The music was by Ivor Novello and


Up to Fred Weatherly, the prolific son -- songwriter from Porter 8th -


- Portishead. But here were Bristol's own? I want to find out


more. Of course I want to know what How many were there in Bristol's


own? How many people did it managed to recruit? It was formed in early


September 1914, just a month after the war broke out. There were


around 1,300 and the Italian. -- in the battalion. I am almost too


scared to ask this question because I am aware that so many lives were


lost in the First World War, but how many in the end returned?


Regrettably very few. By the end of the war, Bristol's own had lost 800


of its original members. What I find really poignant is that these


men have stepped forward of their own free will. I decide to visit


the spot near by. The recruits of Bristol's own were put through


their paces here. Walking here along the banks of the River Avon,


it is hard to imagine how nearly 100 years ago, more than 1000 young


volunteers came here to Ashton Meadows in order to train before


being sent to France to surf king and country. Brothers, cousins,


friends and workmates -- surf king and country. They had all come here


to form a special friend battalion. They spent eight months preparing


for battle and the Western Front. They were physical drills, musket


practice, trench digging. Then they moved up from a Temple Meads


station, never to return again. The unit was disbanded just two weeks


before the end of the war. I find it really sad that Bristol's own


had no proper will come home and that their bravery and sacrifice


appeared to have largely gone unsung. The song which spurred them


into action has been surprisingly overlooked, especially considering


it is by Ivor Novello. We team up on our next quest to find out about


what could have been the last big public performance of the song. It


was just after the war at a special ceremony held at Colston Hall to


recognise Bristols its soldiers who had been recognised for gallantry.


The performance starts at 2:30pm. You are requested to take your feet


at 2:15pm. I had the privilege of performing here if you times, but


it must have been quite an event all those years ago. This would


have been absolutely packed. It would have been full of the great


and good of Bristol. And there were all of the flags of the Allies. As


far as we know, it was the last time Bravo Bristol was ever son to


an audience of this size. To mark the end of the war, Fred Weatherly


rewrote the words of the last chorus to one-all the Bristol men


who had fought for their country. - - to honour all. Colston Hall could


well have been when the revised Bravo Bristol was finely performed.


Amazingly, it appears there are no recordings of Bardo -- Bravo


Bristol, but we were about to put that right. In the area wearer was


born, 50 members of St George sinners are ready to revise the


song -- singers. We will remember Ladies and gentlemen, it is a real


pleasure to welcome to Mike Paul Potts, who has been sat listening


to a rehearsal and he has very kindly said he will sing this song


with us. Paul Potts. Thank you very much indeed. Can we make a way


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PAUL SINGS. It is great that Bravo Bristol have been performed again.


It is a fitting tribute to those brave men, and I can't help feeling


a little emotional about it. I hope it goes some way to short --


towards showing that the sacrifices of the boys of Bristol's own have


That is where we end tonight's programme. If you'd like to see the


Alastair McKee visits the 'Occupy Bristol' protest camp to test the resolve of the campaigners as they begin their fourth week of living in tents.

Plus an investigation into the lack of community facilities at a new housing estate on the edge of Swindon. Residents complain they're living in what amounts to a ghost town.

And 'Britain's Got Talent' winner Paul Potts tells the moving story behind a rediscovered wartime recruitment song. Ivor Novello's 'Bravo Bristol' encouraged men to come forward to fight in the First World War. Most of them never came home.

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