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This is East Midlands Today with Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: The Olympic flame, coming to a
village or high street near you. It is one sport's most striking
images. Now we know the route the torch will take this summer.
Also tonight, another new arrival - but a baby boom restricting or
maternity units. Plus the latest survey that shows
where and what will drive the region's future economic growth.
And the prize-winning hat that is Good evening and welcome to
Monday's programme. First tonight, it'll be a five day carnival, and
it's happening in a street near you. Dozens of towns and villages have
discovered today just how close they'll be to the Olympic Torch
Relay. The detailed route has been revealed along with the names of
the 400 inspirational local people who'll carry the flame. Dominic has
the details. The celebrations begin on Thursday
28th June when the torch leaves Lincoln Cathedral and heads into
Nottinghamshire. It will go through Sherwood Forest and the Major Oak,
to Edwinstowe and then Mansfield, passing the Rebecca Adlington Baths.
Next stop, Newark. Then it'll go to Belton House and Grantham before
arriving for an evening celebration in Nottingham. Mark Shardlow is in
Nottingham at the National Ice Arena. Mark, what'll be happening
there? The torch will be carried across
the ice. A gala performance is being planned but under wraps at
the moment. The fact is the Olympic flame is coming to a street near
you. Celebrations are being planned in towns and villages, schools and
stately homes as the symbol of the It is one of the most famous
rituals in sport. The Olympic flame is lit at the ancient Greek home of
the Olympics and then taken on a three-month journey to London.
Among those honoured to carry the torch, some top sportspeople like
Torvill and Dean, but mostly ordinary people chosen for their
work in the community. Few will have a story like this man.
Beaten up after noting here as a refugee, a budding athlete and
volunteer in schools and youth groups, he can't believe he will be
carrying the torch. Wow. That is a surprise. It is
amazing. There was a relay before the 1948
London games, but this will be a landmark moment, the first time the
torch has been to the East Midlands. And it'll be in a boat in the East
Midlands at the National Water Sports Centre and Rutland Water.
When it comes to a street near you, it's not just the torch but a whole
convoy of vehicles with plans for street parties and school
celebrations along the route. The torch leaves Nottingham Castle
on Friday 29th June and heads to Derbyshire via Bolsover Castle, on
to Matlock, then Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne,
before arriving in Derby for an evening celebration. As James
Roberson reports, the torch even manages to squeeze in a trip on a
Symmetric generations of torch carriers today rehearsing a novel
form of transport for the torch. -- two generations. The torch will be
rushed it to Matlock Bath and go up the Heights of Abraham. One problem
- how to carry a lighted torch on a cable car.
The engineers are going to cut one of the main windows so the torch
can be held outside. Here for the publicity shots today,
swanning to do France's will carry the real torch through Bakewell.
I can't believe it. I have been out of the world since Tuesday, when I
heard. Eleanor has already competed at the
Vancouver Olympics, so is not a bit -- isn't it a bit tame to be
carrying the torch? Absolutely not. I am delighted, and
it is fantastic. It is hoped that tourism will
benefit from the torch's progress through the town's.
It raises the profile of the whole area. Our objective is to maximise
the benefit. This was the 1948 torch. Now they
can't worry -- weight to carry this year's won.
The torch leaves Derby on Saturday 30th June but returns to our area
on Monday 2nd July, passing through Foxton Locks, and then into
Leicester along Belgrave Road. It'll travel from the National
Space Centre to Rutland Water, where the bearer will board a boat,
then to Burghley House near Stamford. With more details, here's
Helen Astle, who's in Leicester Excitement is certainly mounting
hair in Leicester. Come a bit closer - that is better. There are
just 105 days to go until the torch relay comes here, and people really
can't wait. This morning, school children in
Loughborough were getting to grips with the past while looking forward
to the future. They celebrated the Olympic torch relay coming to the
town by holding the original 1948 torch.
It makes me feel really special, to be holding it.
I felt famous a bit. It is good because it once I see it on the TV
I will say to my parents, I held that.
The route will weave through towns across Leicestershire. In this
village, population just 1,000, locals can't believe they are
playing such a part in the Olympics. The Olympic torch coming here, to
the back of nowhere? It is going to be special.
I have heard people talking in the pub that they are looking forward
to it. We found out a few months ago that they were coming through
the village, and it brings you into the Olympics atmosphere. We are
going to put a barbecue on and do the bunting thing and make a
British day of it. In Loughborough, which will play a
pivotal role, and the student Rebecca Addington recalls a phone
call went -- that she will never forget.
I ran out of my lecture. I got it and came back in, and I thought why
have I just left a lecture? I was just shaking. I was so pleased and
excited. The children can't wait for the
Joining me is Adrian, from the city council. This must be a logistical
nightmare for you. How is it going to work?
It is challenging. It is a two-day event over 70 miles, and we wanted
to go smoothly. We have got lots of road junctions that it will be
crossing, so we are looking for the minimum disruption.
And how big is the torch onto Raj? It is surprising. Something like
100 cars. It is not just the people involved directly. It is all the
sponsors and the people there to make it a truly wonderful event.
Leicester is the only city where there's going to be a rehearsal. Is
it a headache? We have got to get our plans ready, but we are up to
the challenge. Thank you very much. I have spent
the day in the city and the reality is dawning. London 2012 really is
coming to a street near you. And If you want to see just how
close the torch will be getting to you look at bbc.co.uk/2012 for all
the details. Still to come on the programme:
Sound and vision - the videos helping the parents of deaf
The Department for Transport has confirmed that a major road scheme
won't be included in government plans for more road tolls. Last
November the go-ahead was given for the A453 between Nottingham and the
M1 to be widened into a dual carriageway. Today the Prime
Minister said the government was considering using private finance
for other such schemes, which may involve motorists paying to use the
road. A group of doctors has pledged to
unseat the Nottinghamshire MP Anna Soubry over her backing for the
Health and Social Care Bill. 250 doctors from across the country
have threatened to put up candidates to oppose coalition MPs
at the next election over the NHS changes. Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry
has been named as one of those the group plans to target.
Next tonight, our growing population - two maternity units in
Leicester became so full recently they had to shut and two women in
labour were treated at hospitals outside the county.
Well, they're now recruiting more midwives and planning to use more
hospital space to try to cope with demand.
This girl was born this morning. Her mother said she did not want to
give birth anywhere else. I had my first baby here and I am happy to
have my second here as well. Hopefully my third as well!
This is a mum in Waiting and feels the same force of Leicester, for me,
-- feels the same. Leicester, which has been added
place of confidence for me. Nearly 11,000 babies were delivered
here last year. Between the Royal Infirmary here and the general
hospital, they have 84 maternity beds and 24 delivery suites. For a
three hour period this year, they were all completely full. Two
mothers had to be cared for outside the county.
It is rare, but what we had was a bit of a baby boom. Everybody came
in at the same time. So what can you do to stop it happening again?
We are looking to expand, increase our bed base and our delivery space.
They are also recruiting more with wives. They have 334 at the moment.
They are encouraging more nurses to train admits -- as midwives.
No other job could be so varied. you like it was mac I love it.
The were to expand facilities should be completed this year. --
the work. With two days to go until the
Budget, a new national survey has posted an upbeat assessment of the
region's ability to recover from the economic downturn. It
highlights parts of Derbyshire, South Leicester and Nottingham as
places where businesses could flourish in the future. Here's our
Jodie is running her own business in a region that a new survey
reveals is at the cutting edge of huge potential for small business
growth. She is based in Sutton in Ashfield, a town with one of the
highest levels of youth unemployment.
Fortunately for myself, I am doing well in business. But a lot of
hairdressers and salons are closing in the area. It is a deep recession,
but again you have to take the risk to move forward.
This company carried out a survey for the BBC. It reveals that the
East Midlands is ranked third for business champions. The firms with
high growth potential, especially his -- days -- specially these
Although some of these areas may face challenges, or there are some
positive and there are some potential for growth within these
areas. This company, a so-called incubator
for developing this size based businesses. It is also part of the
region's economic future. We have a fantastic opportunity in
the East Midlands to nurture high tech and in particular life science
high tech. We have some stunning, world-class universities, in fact
more than our fair share. Tonight, the future shape of the
East Midlands economy is discussed in a special TV debate from 11 no
5pm. The survey illustrates that part of the East Midlands are well-
placed for any economic upturn. But it also shows how fragile any
And that East Midlands debate, called "Our Economy" is presented
by Marie Ashby from 11:05pm here on BBC One.
Next tonight, breaking down the barriers between profoundly deaf
children and their parents. Two years after the NHS set up a
research lab in Nottingham to film children's interaction with their
mums and dads, the experts say it's had a big impact. In a nutshell,
it's helped parents focus on how they interact with their children
Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
They say that the camera never lies. There are three of them in his lab
of. The cameras are hidden in cuddly toys. They focus on body
language and expressions taken for granted. Ryan is profoundly deaf.
He struggles to get his message across. Today, he was broadcasting
loud in care how much this lad has helped. I used to have problems
with Brian's behaviour. -- Ryan's. His communication was limited.
is taking a lead. Child's play, but serious work. 21 families had been
coached by the speech therapist. Parents carry around their failure
rather more than their success. We are able to show how the child is
copying their speech, it's a real revelation to the families. This
work, involving the University of Nottingham and NHS hospitals has
attracted the film director Ken Loach. The camera can read behind
you rise. Ryan has started to say a few words. His mother says all of
this analysis is helping keeping them on the same wavelength.
What a great idea. The sport now.
Around 600 Leicester fans were hoping that Chelsea would not
prevent them getting to semi-finals. It will be 2-1 to Leicester.
could spring a surprise. optimism was short-lived as the tie
optimism was short-lived as the tie was effectively over after just 80
minutes. Leicester looked to her back. They had an impressive
afternoon. It was Fernando Torres who stole the headlines. He finally
found the net. Leicester kept going, and got their reward. Jermaine
Beckford with a smart finish. It was to be Fernando Torres's day. A
deft header. Leicester did not stop working. They scored a screamer.
They were exposed at the back. Chelsea completing a 5-2 victory.
Chelsea completing a 5-2 victory. They are a very good side. They
could have scored more goals. I'm the first to acknowledge that. We
had some good moments ourselves, but ultimately, we didn't defend
well enough today to keep ourselves in the game. The focus shift back
to the championship after a to the championship after a
fantastic FA Cup run. No idea what the keeper was thinking here.
Pierre Robinson, a very Goole finish. Derby were controlling
things. A goal by Gareth Roberts. It has definitely been Derby's week.
It has definitely been Derby's week. To get these two wins, it was a big
To get these two wins, it was a big effort. As for Notts County, they
match of the Wednesday. The visitors had another gear, and use
it after the break to put themselves two head. There were
some bright spots, notably the performance of their new loan
signing. Every game we play, the mindset of the players will be
mindset of the players will be keeping in the match.
Leicester Tigers picked up a cup yesterday, they beat the other team
up by 21 points. They were doing some team bonding today.
They were having a well and the day off today. They were enjoying a
spot of off-road driving. I was driving with a blindfold, and
getting directions from the rest of the lads. It was an eye-opener.
Spirits are high after yesterday's victory. The final was that was
victory. The final was that was the's ground. They took a 16-9 lead
into the break. Into the second half, Scott Hamilton intercepted a
pass and ran almost the entire length of the pitch. Northampton
then scored one of their own towards the end, but it was the
Tigers who lifted the first silverware of the season, and with
it a guaranteed place in Europe next season. The boys are obviously
very pleased. We got our rewards for hard work and effort. A great
win yesterday, and a bit of a fund day-to-day. They will be focused on
day-to-day. They will be focused on finishing their campaign on a high.
Nottingham have kept themselves in the play-off hunt. Three second-
half tries to them away. Nottingham Panthers needed overtime
to claim their victory. Coming up, 26th May could be a massive
Saturday for East Midlands board. In the next is a world title fight
for calf Raj. He came face-to-face with Lucien -- Lucien Bute. The man
whose title he wants to take away. Carl Froch versus to win this title
to replace the one he lost. I Earth fought a lot of top level fighters.
I'm still standing. I'm looking pretty enough to fight for the IBF
world title. As Paul Lucien Bute, he holds the IBF belt, there
doesn't hold the world's respect. That's why we get to see this fight
on home ground. He is a beatable fighter. He is fighting me in my
home town. It is sink or swim. are hoping that the Nottingham
arena will sell out in a hurry. Carl Froch should become a three-
time world champion. We will leave at the last word with Lucien Bute,
he doesn't speak much English. Don't miss this fight.
They are talking about selling out by the end of the week.
She only took it up as a hobby, but now this woman is winning prizes
for her striking at creations. Last week, the mother of one beat off
tough competition to win the title for the Best hat on Ladies' Day at
the Cheltenham Festival. Now she's hoping to get a head start in
opening up their own business. -- opening up have our own business.
They get the horses, this is what Ladies' Day is all about. Fashion
and hats. Michelle Fairley is no stranger to them. She started
making hats are a few years ago. was going to race meet a few years
ago, I couldn't find they had a light. I decided that I would have
a go at doing one myself. It all started from there. Last week,
Michelle and her sister attended Cheltenham Festival wearing her
designs. I really wanted to wear orange, it is quite a beautiful
colourful spring and summer. I had a dress in mind to wear. It was
this hat that was head and shoulders above the rest. It has
been great. I've had quite a lot of customers on the back of it.
Hopefully, it'll take me further. I think with the royal wedding, Kate
Middleton, hats are the forefront, a lot more people are wanting to
wear a hat, whether it be to a wedding or the races. That is great
for myself. She's taping a shower room to display and sell the
collection. -- she is opening a shower room.
shower room. shower room.
Those were beautiful hats. The BBC have announced the song for
the Eurovision Song contest. the Eurovision Song contest.
It is a grower. Let's hope we win this year.
We have a lovely picture of some daffodils. Thank you very much for
that. It feels like spring today, a glorious afternoon. Some breeze, we
will continue to hold on to that. The cloud will thicken up. It will
come across the west of the region. A small amount of rain, maybe some
light showers. Further south, we hold on to those breaks in the
cloud. Temperatures dropping to a minimum of three Celsius. The cloud
then starts to come in again overnight. Tomorrow morning, the
cloud gradually starting to break. It might not be as good as today,
but still a reasonable afternoon. The wind will remain fairly light.
Topped temperatures of 14 Celsius along the Lincolnshire coast line.
A cloudy start to Wednesday. That is due to the high-pressure. The
winter will remain light. Daytime temperatures around 14-15 degrees.
That high pressure will gradually start to pull away a little bit,
and what it will start to do is change the wind direction. That
will come in from the south-east. That will mean we will see more
cloud cover. It should remain fairly light. That will affect the
temperatures a little bit. The Best of the sunshine is on Thursday.
When we get to Friday, that cloud is likely to come in. Temperatures