26/01/2017 Channel Islands News


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Jersey Live has taken its final bow, but could another festival be

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Is just such a disappointment. A bit devastating for people under 18

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because it is their main event of the year.

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Also tonight: And living a lie to survive -

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the remarkable story of one woman who outwitted the Nazis.

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After 13 years and tens of thousands of visitors,

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Organisers Warren Le Sueur and Warren Holt say they both

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want to pursue separate projects, but it's emerged they haven't

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cancelled their booking at the Trinity Showground so,

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is this really the end for Jersey's biggest music festival?

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This report from Jessica Banham contains flashing images.

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From classic '80s acts like Madness...

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To modern soul singers like John Newman,

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Jersey Live has featured a number of big-name acts.

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But last year ticket sales were down and today it has been

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announced that the festival won't be returning.

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There is not much to do for our youngsters,

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They will miss out on money and tourism.

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It's a bit devastating for people under 18 because it's obviously

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But I think it was dying out a bit anyway.

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It is not just those who are already famous that found

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It also provided a welcome boost to local talent.

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Growing up, it was something to aspire to.

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Going and seeing it, it is different to other festivals.

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The cost of putting on events like this is escalating all the time, the

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security, the crew, the things people don't see is very expensive.

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Jersey Live has been held here at the Trinity showground

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It usually takes place the first weekend in September.

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Despite the announcement today, the festival organisers have asked

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And with both organisers saying they are hoping

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to pursue separate projects, tourism bosses don't think we'll

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I wouldn't be surprised if something equally as exciting came

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Other people are interested in staging something.

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So we might have seen the last of Jersey Live.

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But it might not be the end of music festivals here in Trinity.

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Tomorrow Britain marks Holocaust Memorial Day,

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to remember the six million Jewish men, women and children who died

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at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War.

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And being Jewish in the Channel Islands during the occupation also

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meant misery, deportation and, for three women in Guernsey,

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But now, after more than 70 years we can reveal a Jewish woman hid

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in plain sight from the Nazis, concealing her religion

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And it's been discovered she could have been in love

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with a man responsible for drafting some of the island's

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Miriam Jay lived in Guernsey during its occupation,

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and during those five long years she kept a remarkable secret

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She lived here, in St Peter Port for some of the war.

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If discovered, Miriam would have at the very least faced imprisonment

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This man has researched how she managed to go

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Miriam would know these laws would be applying

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to her and although she never said she was a Jew.

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She knew if she got caught she would be in serious trouble.

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If she was uncovered, Miriam may have been deported

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like these three Jewish women on this plaque.

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But Miriam may have had someone looking out for her.

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Advocate George Ridgway lived with her during the occupation.

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Richard Heaume believes they could have been

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romantically involved, and that put the lawyer

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As Solicitor-General in the island's States he was involved in passing

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some of the very laws Miriam would have feared as a Jew.

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He had to register them with the royal court before

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the Jurats of the day, he was charged alone with presenting

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the orders for registration by the Jurats so he had a bit

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And when advocate Ridgway died in 1942 it was Miriam Jay

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who was one of the lead mourners at his funeral.

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Despite his death, she went on to survive the occupation

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At her grave, Miriam's great nephew explains how he feels

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Sadness that we will never know the true story, pride

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I know that there were very few Jews that survived Guernsey,

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that once they were discovered to be Jewish they were either packed off

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And this story of survival is one that's resonated with the leader

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of the Channel Island's small Jewish community.

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I was actually proud to hear it, proud to hear that this

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Advocate Ridgway by his own silence saved this woman's life,

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and I think some recognition needs to be made of this shall we say

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And if the connection between this Jewish woman

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and a Guernsey lawyer is proven, I'm told efforts might be made

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to have Advocate Ridgway honoured by the State of Israel.

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If you've had to wear a few more layers recently or if you've had

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to scrape ice off your car windscreen, you'll have

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probably noticed it's been a bit frosty lately.

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The gritters have been out in force to tackle the icy conditions,

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and Luxmy Gopal joined the team early this morning.

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MUSIC: Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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This is one of the teams out to battle against

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Jersey's gritters have had a busy few days of making our roads safer.

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We can get a call at any time, day or night, one of the managers

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will say come in at 4, 5 o'clock, get the vehicles

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ready, and we'll head straight out on the roads.

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This morning, Jersey's roads weren't as icy as they have been recently.

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But this is what they looked like a mere four years ago.

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When we had the heavy snow a few years ago,

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we were doing 12-hour shifts on and off, it got a bit

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tiring but we did the job, so it's just one of them,

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have a cup of coffee, get a nice thick coat on and off we go.

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And if we get that snowfall again, Jersey is stocked up ready.

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We use it through our winter months for de-icing,

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for the frost which we have had recently in the past few days,

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The infrastructure team has been reduced since the snow of 2013,

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so if it happens again, other departments

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But who knows if we will see those conditions again soon.

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I've only ever seen that once before in my lifetime,

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But, come snow or ice, day or night, Bob's team will be out

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and about showing true grit in protecting the island's roads.

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Friday evening's ferry sailing from St Malo to Jersey has been

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cancelled and the sailings between the islands

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and Poole rescheduled due to the weather forecast.

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On its website Condor Ferries said the "wind speeds will be in excess

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of operational limits for the Channel Islands and St Malo

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areas" and with "changeable weather forecast and tidal limitations it'll

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be necessary to delay" the Condor Liberation sailings to Poole.

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Good evening. We have got cold and clear conditions are still with us

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through tonight. As we go through tomorrow, the cloud will increase

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and wickets and patchy rain. It does and wickets and patchy rain. It does

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become less cold as we go through the day to tomorrow, but still some

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brisk southeasterly winds with us tonight, bringing the colder air of

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the continent. Use the weather front, pushing in from the west. As

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that rain initially meets the colder air, they will be sleet for a time.

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The rest of the day, there will be rain. The winds ease on Friday and

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on Saturday we're looking at a brisk southwesterly winds developing.

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There will be sunshine on Saturday with the risk of some showers and

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the next weather system will bring some more cloud and rain on Sunday.

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Tonight, we're looking at clear skies and easterly winds continue

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and it will turn quite cold, they will be some ground frost locally as

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temperatures drop down to two Celsius. A cold start on Friday,

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some brightness initially, but it will cloud over. There might be

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sleet at first but we are looking at outbreaks of rain for the rest of

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the day. The wind is still quite strong at times, gradually easing as

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we get to watch tomorrow evening. They will be some rain on and off

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throughout the day tomorrow, but temperatures to reach a -- Celsius.

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On Saturday, we're looking at them sunshine. The risk of some showers

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through the day, reaching 10 Celsius on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday,

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bringing some cloud and some bringing some cloud and some

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outbreaks of rain. Still quite windy conditions through Sunday. The

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breezy conditions continue through the start of next week as well.

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Monday Dudley Dreier, but still quite cloudy. -- mandate does look

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Dreier. That's your news this Thursday

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evening, BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey will have bulletins

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from 6:00 tomorrow morning and I'll weekend. It's swings and

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roundabouts, higher temperatures but some rain as well.

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Good evening. It's been dry so far this January but as it draws to a

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close it looks like we will see some rain at last.

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