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throughout the evening on the BBC News Channel. We are back with
Now the news in the East Midlands, I'm Jo Healey, good evening. An
estimated quarter of a million shoppers were searching for Boxing
Day bargains today in our biggest retail centres. Queues formed early
in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, and some shops were predicting their
busiest trading day of the year, as John Hess reports.
Looking for a bargain, this was Nottingham's Victoria Centre, as
shoppers showed little post`Christmas retail fatigue in
hunting for that deal. Is it worth coming into the sales? Gasquet.
There are lots of things in the shops that are not online. `` yeah.
We are from New Zealand and we are by all of our winter clothes. We
reckon we have saved 50%. And it could be even busier tomorrow, as
more shops start their sales. In Derby, 0 0
more shops start their sales. In Derby, they were queueing in the
cold in the hope of a hot bargain. Just hoping to pick up a few things
and get a good press. We didn't buy it just for the sake of it! We do
need these things. I am tight all year round normally! We were
predicting 85,000 shoppers through the door and it is more like 90,000.
So is 0 the door and it is more like 90,000.
So is this an indication that the retail sector is showing signs of
recovery? There are green shoots and it looks more positive and feels
more positive now within retail, so I am hoping for a good year.
Tonight, we tell experts are number crunching today's figures and there
is a collective sense of relief, because compared to this time last
year, Boxing Day sales are up. `` retail experts.
Police are investigating a fire which destroyed a cafe and shisha
bar in Derby. Fire crews spent two hours tackling the flames, which
engulfed the Riverside Cafe in the Chester Green area of the city. The
alarm was raised in the early hours of Christmas Day and the cause isn't
yet known. More than 100 young people are now
volunteering at one of our hospital Trusts. The teenagers, who are from
six different schools, work at the Royal Derby and London Road
Community Hospitals. Nursing staff say their help is invaluable, as
Angelina Socci reports. These students have been
volunteering for the past year at the Royal Derby Hospital. For two
hours a week, they talk to patients, 0
hours a week, they talk to patients, take part in activities
with them and help with meals. To start with, I was really nervous as
I did not want to do anything wrong, but after a month, already
started to enjoy it. I think I am interested in 0
started to enjoy it. I think I am interested in going 0
started to enjoy it. I think I am interested in going into something
in health care and it is really good experience to talk to the patients
and have that interaction you don't necessarily get in your day`to`day
life. But it is not just the volunteers who are benefiting. They
are finding it very beneficial they have somebody to just chat with them
and they are getting a better insight into a younger person's life
as well, from the point of view of the patients. Sometimes our
priorities have to be more nursing tasks. At volunteers come along and
they can help us with the everyday things that we really enjoy doing
but cannot do for as long as we would like. `` at. And recently,
nurses and volunteers have recently had their work recognised for their
compassionate care. Onto football, and the results from
today's games. Let's take a look at the weather
now, with Sara. Good evening. We will start to see
the wind strengthening as we head to the evening across the East
Midlands. This is due to a deep area of low pressure which has been
developing out in the Atlantic and is now starting to work its way in,
increasing winds and pushing through this band of rain as well. It will
be heavy at times but will pick up a bit as it travels eastwards. The
wind is the main feature, reaching galeforce through the early part of
tomorrow and remaining very strong as we head 0
tomorrow and remaining very strong as we head into the afternoon. There
will be further blustery showers through the daytime with a bit of
brightness in between and although there is a small amount of rain
around on Saturday, the rest of the weekend is not bad.
That it for now. I'll be back at 10.15pm with more from the East
Midlands. Have a good evening. Hello there, most of us have had a
quiet Boxing Day, mostly dry, chilly, lingering mist, light winds.
That is all about to change. The next storm arriving on our doorstep
right now, over night tonight will see wet and