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murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing. The Co-Op Bank has

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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Anne Davies.

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If Tonight, the South Wigston schoolgirl who gave Adrian Mole to

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the world. Tributes are paid to the author Sue

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Townsend. You are the she was a lovely person.

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Another blow to Rosemary Conley's troubled food and fitness empire.

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A drawing protests. Protesters set up camp in North Nottinghamshire.

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And the London Marathon. We will catch up with some of the runners

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taking part, including our very own Mel Coles.

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Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme. First tonight, she was as

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proud of Leicester as Leicester was of her. Today a host of tributes

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have been paid to Sue Townsend, the author, who's died at the age of 68.

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Born and raised in the East Midlands, Sue spent most of her life

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in Leicester, using it as a setting for her most famous work ` the

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Adrian Mole series. Amy Harris reports.

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Hapless hero Adrian Mole brought to life on television. He is the

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creation of Sue Townsend, whose hugely popular series follows him

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from adolescence to maturity, all set in and around her home city. She

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charted social history in an ordinary town that was not London.

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Over the course of 30 years. She is a national treasure. Adrian Mole

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made her name but her the role was originally called something else and

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at the University of Leicester's library lies the evidence. This is

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one of our prize possessions. This is the only draft manuscript of The

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Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole. You will notice that it is actually

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Nigel Mole. This presenter met her before the release of the brick and

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they have been friends since. I still get overwhelmed thinking about

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it. To be just a tiny part in those incredibly well wonderfully funny

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and much loved book 's is just wonderful. She achieved worldwide

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success following the publication of Adrian Mole books. She was left

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blind by diabetes and died after a stroke. She was able to touch people

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's hearts through her story telling. She was a real person. Her honesty

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came across in her books which have entertained and enchanted millions

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of readers. She will go down in history as the Leicestershire

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schoolgirl who gave Adrian Mole to the world.

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As you heard in Amy's piece, tributes have been paid from across

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the country and here's just a few of those quotes from Twitter today.

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JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, said she was "so sad

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to hear about Sue Townsend. She gave me so many laughs." Comedian Sarah

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Millican said she was just about to start reading Sue's most recent

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novel, The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year, and will "do so now with a

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heavier heart". The actor David Walliams described her as a "comedy

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genius" and "a lovely lady". And finally, the writer Caitlin Moran

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said she was "one of the funniest women who ever lived".

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The Leicestershire`based Rosemary Conley Health And Fitness Company is

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terminating its contracts with all franchisees across the country. The

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business is already in administration but a lack of cash

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coming in has prompted the move. Simon Ward is outside the company's

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headquarters at Quorn in Leicestershire. Simon, what's led to

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the decision today? There are various parts of the

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business empire up for sale. During the recession, less people went to

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fitness classes and it has been hard to find new members. Rosemary Conley

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and the administrators remain confident and hope they will find a

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new buyer. But at the moment the process of terminating contracts is

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going ahead. It's a famous brand that is getting

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into difficulties. Already in administration, parts of the company

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are up for sale. Now it has been revealed more than 120 franchisees

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who run Rosemary Conley Food And Fitness clubs are having their

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contracts terminated because some were not paying regular fees. The

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business requires an income from management services fees payable by

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the individual franchisees. A number have not been able to pay for one

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reason or another. That means the company cannot continue providing

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support to franchisees. Sharon Perdue is one of the franchisees in

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Nottingham. She has operated for 19 years. We have been going to classes

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for the last ten weeks, trying to keep the smile on our face. The last

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week, Rosemary told us on Monday that we would be able to walk away

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from our contract. Yesterday, we knew the date, which will be the

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17th of April. That was a bit of a relief because we had been in limbo.

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Then it was a little scary as well. Rosemary Conley herself is

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travelling out of the UK but spoke on the phone. Discussions are

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ongoing with a number of parties who are interested in taking the

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franchise operation forward. If that doesn't work out, there is a real

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opportunity for franchisees to be able to use my name under licence.

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Administrators hope the company founder is right and someone steps

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in to rescue the business. What is the timescale now?

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From next Thursday, business support is being withdrawn from people who

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run the clubs. From the 25th of April, the contract will be

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terminated. At that point, people will have to stop using the Rosemary

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Conley branding although they are hoping to licence the name in

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future. There trying to find a buyer for part of the company at least so

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it is likely to be a crucial month. Still to come: the row over

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freemasonry that sparked a walk`out by county councillors.

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And all set for a festival of cycling in Derbyshire. I'm off to

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join the fun. A man has been charged with the

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murder of a woman in the Normanton area of Derby. Yvette Hallsworth was

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found dead on Sunday morning at the back of houses on Hartington Street.

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The 36`year`old died of stab wounds. 18`year`old Mateusz Kosecki appeared

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before magistrates in the city today and is due to appear again at

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Nottingham Crown Court on Monday. A Nottinghamshire Police officer who

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was sacked after he was wrongly convicted of rape has been

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reinstated today. Trevor Gray was dismissed after being sentenced to

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eight years for attacking a woman at her home. That conviction was later

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quashed and he was subsequently cleared at a retrial. Yesterday, the

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Police Appeals Tribunal ruled that Mr Gray could return to his job.

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A teenager from Loughborough has denied preparing a terrorist attack

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on his own home town. Today Michael Piggin told the Old

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Bailey that he was influenced by the Columbine High School killers. But

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he said he only wrote about repeating the attack as a way to

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cope with bullying. Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball,

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was in court and joins us from London. What happened today?

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Today he was giving evidence for the first time in this trial. He went

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into the witness box wearing an Arctic Monkeys t`shirt. And he

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quietly took the jury through his side of the story, led by questions

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from his barrister. The central plank of Michael Piggin's defence.

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That he was simply a bullied teenager who fantasised about

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killing as a coping mechanism. But who never intended to go through

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with it. What did he say about the claim that

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he planned to copy the notorious Columbine high school massacre?

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Michael Piggin told the jury that he was influenced by the Columbine

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killers. And he admitted that he felt sorry for them because, like

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him, they'd been bullied. And he talked about a central piece of

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evidence in this case. Detailed notes he wrote called Plans And

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Tactics For Operation: The New Columbine. His barrister, Ali Bajwa

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QC, asked, "Is this a genuine plan?" Michael Piggin replied, "Of course

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not". And he was asked, "Did you approve of what they did?" The

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teenager said, "Of course not, no". He also denied that he was serious

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about attacking Loughborough mosque, and other targets that he'd named on

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a hit`list. And what did he say about weapons

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and videos that have been shown to the jury?

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Well, he's denied stockpiling weapons for an attack. Instead, he

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said he collected airguns and knives, because it was cool. And a

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crossbow found by the police was a Christmas present from his nan. He

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was also asked about this evidence. A petrol bomb test. He said that was

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something he did with his friends, simply for entertainment. And

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finally those videos where he made threats on behalf of the Urban

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Revolutionary Army. Michael Piggin said they wanted to be seen as an

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anti`extremist group, to defend people. But he suggested it was just

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teenage bravado. He'll be back in the witness box next week, to face

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questions from the prosecution. Anti`fracking campaigners have set

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up an eco camp in Nottinghamshire. It's an attempt to block plans to

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drill for shale gas at Daneshill, in the north of the county.

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The campaigners claim the first application for underground fracking

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in the East Midlands is now just weeks away. This report from the

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Sunday Politics reporter Helen McCulloch.

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In a wood in the north Nottinghamshire, a protest camp is

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growing. Ic ame from Scotland and I heard they were setting up here and

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I thought with the Robin Hood legends and stuff and the nature

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reserve, this would be a good place to try to turn the tide. At the

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moment, they are objecting to drilling to extract methane gas from

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the coalbed below the ground. With this area potentially rich in shale

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gas, it could soon become the next battle ground in the fight against

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fracking. We have been told the first application in the East

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Midlands could come as soon as the next two weeks. Protesters here are

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making plans. Would you like some leaflets? Kat Boettge from the Green

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Party is a regular visitor to the camp. She shares concerns voiced by

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protesters here. We need strict regulations in place. It is a joke,

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isn't it? An absolute joke. To produce 10% of the gas we need in

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this country, we are talking about 300 wells every year for the next

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ten years. That is 3000 wells drilled over ten years. You tell me

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how you will regulate when you drill one mile down, turn left and drill

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for another mile. How do you regulate that? But fracking

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companies have the backing of the Prime Minister and are casting their

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eyes over the East Midlands. The first thing is we have to explore

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and establish the presence of shale and ascertain whether or not it is

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economically attractive. That will entail at some point having to frack

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the well in order to get the gas to flow. Our expectation is that

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probably will occur sometime in 2015. Protesters are heading to the

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region and the battle lines are being drawn.

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And the issue will be debated on the Sunday Politics for the East

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Midlands with MPs Jessica Lee and Jon Ashworth. Join Marie Ashby at

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the later time of 2.30 this Sunday here on BBC One.

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Plans to make it compulsory for councillors to declare if they're a

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freemason has led to a walk`out by elected members at one authority.

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The man behind the plan says it's to promote greater transparency. But

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the Conservative group on Derbyshire County Council says the idea's been

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poorly thought out. Simon Hare reports.

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Conservative county councillors in Derbyshire walk out of this week's

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full meeting of the authority. It follows a motion tabled by Labour's

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Andy Botham who feels if she has to declare his membership of a trade

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union, others should declare if they are a Freemason. The motion was

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passed unanimously and supported by the third majority party. The

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Conservatives have walked away and I don't know when they are coming

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back. No one from the Conservative group was available for interview

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but they made a statement saying that the motion had been thoroughly

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worded and was unconstructive and they have not had the chance to

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debate it properly. This solicitor has been a Freemason for 50 years.

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He says it is nonpolitical and members cannot use it in their self

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interest. We must declare an interest if any conflict arises. You

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can't ask a Freemason to declare himself when he is involved in any

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walk of life. Its ties to the human rights act. Freemasons are proud of

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what we do and should promote it but if they are hiding behind secrecy

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how can they do that? It will be taken to another council committee

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before being confirmed as policy. Yesterday, we had a look inside

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Derby's new partly completed velodrome. And it seems if you're a

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serious cycling enthusiast or just want to get fitter this summer then

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Derby and Derbyshire are the place to be.

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Over 100 separate events will take place throughout the city and

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county, in a festival of cycling. Some will be light` hearted ` a

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celebration of old bikes, good food and fine wine. Others, more serious,

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including the gruelling and ultra`competitive Tour de France.

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James Roberson reports. Typical. You wait for one Olympian

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and two come along at once. Annie Last, who did well at her mountain

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biking event in the London Olympics knows all about the value of cycling

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in the Peak District. She grew up there. Having great trails and

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accessibility on my doorstep meant it was easy to get out and have

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great fun and good training and bike riding. The Olympics have hugely

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boosted cycling's popularity. Now dozens of events in Derbyshire at

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this summer will raise its profile further and hopefully bring visitors

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and money to the area. Tourism is already worth about ?1 billion per

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annum here so it is big business. The range of events being staged

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here over the summer are of national and international importance. It is

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hugely important to the national park because this is a cycling

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festival that celebrates the landscape, local food, local

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communities and heritage. They will be focusing on well dressing, cheese

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and the fantastic beer that comes from the Peak District and our

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landscape. That's the great thing about it. But it's not just in the

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Peak District. Both the opening of the new velodrome and a new bike hub

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are happening in Derby this summer. We are very excited that the

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velodrome is opening in Derby so that will add another facility to

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claim we are a great place for cycling. The highlight must be the

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Tour de France. Three times Paralympic gold medal winner Anthony

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Katz from Derbyshire says in its brief visit to the Peak District,

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the steepest path will be unmissable. Whether you know about

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cycling or not, everyone knows the Tour de France. It is such a

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spectacle and opportunity to see the best riders in the world going

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through the area. Anyone who has the opportunity to have a look, you have

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to take the opportunity. We are all set for a summer of cycling. I'm off

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on a bicycle made for two, or maybe 3000, with a Paralympian on the

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back. Coming later on the programme:

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limbering up for the London Marathon.

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Hundreds of East Midlanders will be taking part ` among them, our very

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own Mel Coles. Find out why, later. And will it be perfect weather for

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the marathon or outdoor plans this weekend? Your detailed forecast

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shortly. First, Derby County could confirm

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their place in the play`offs tomorrow at home to Huddersfield in

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front of their home fans. For striker Johnny Russell it would be

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so sweet after a tough season with three bad injuries in less than a

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year. Kirsty Edwards reports. Just another day on the Derby

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training ground but there's one player here who doesn't take a

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minute for granted. Johnny Russell is all smiles now. Back in the team

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and enjoying their great position in the league. In the past year, he

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suffered three serious injuries. It has been a pretty rubbish year, to

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be honest. I hadn't missed any games or training through injury and then

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I had the leg breaks and a fractured cheekbone and all in the space of

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about a year. The latest injury, a nasty fractured cheekbone, saw him

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having to wear a protective mask for a while but not even that could

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change his approach to the game. I would give 100%. I would never pull

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out of a tackle or shy away from anything just because I'd been

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injured before. He has been unlucky. His first game, he scored two goals

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and breaks his leg. Comes back and gets another injury. He has been one

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of the unluckiest players. When he is fit and playing he is a great

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asset for us. He says this past year has been his most frustrating but

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also the best. The dream of promotion is still very much alive.

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Derby is a Premier League team so that's where we want to be. I signed

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to be a part of the team that got us back up there. There is still a long

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way to go but we feel we are in a good position and hopefully we can

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go for it. Fingers crossed all the injuries are now well and truly

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behind him. They come in threes, they say. Hopefully that's it done

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with. So Derby up in third. Nottingham

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Forest meanwhile are down in tenth place without a win in 11 games. But

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they are still just four points off the playoff places and up against

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QPR tomorrow. Caretaker manager Gary Brazil believes their luck will

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change. It is frustrating because obviously when you are doing

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something you want to do it well. There is definitely momentum on the

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training ground and in the place. I think we need to that win to pick it

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up and make it more visible to people outside the club who aren't

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there day`to`day. In League One, Notts County continue

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their battle to avoid the drop as they face Port Vale at Meadow Lane.

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And Mansfield Town are at home to Rochdale.

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Rugby, and Geoff Parling will be back in contention for the first

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time in months as Tigers take on London Wasps. He has recovered from

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a long term shoulder injury and joins Niall Morris on the bench.

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In golf Nottinghamshire Lee Westwood is level par after the second round

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in the US Masters. On to cycling, and the news that Sir

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Dave Brailsford has stepped down as performance director for British

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Cycling. Brailsford, from Derbyshire, led the GB team to

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unprecedented success including eight gold medals in Beijing and the

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London Olympics. After ten years in the role he is leaving to

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concentrate on his work for Team Sky which he helped establish and led to

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victory in the Tour de France with both Bradley Wiggins and Chris

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Froome. What an ambassador for the area.

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It's the London Marathon this weekend and hundreds of runners from

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the East Midlands will be taking part, many of them raising money for

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incredibly special causes. And that includes our very own

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weather presenter, Mel Coles. Mel is raising money for a cause very close

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to her heart. Also running for a personal reason is father of two

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Andrew Dawkins. Sarah Teale has their stories.

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A beautiful morning for a final training run for the big day itself.

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East Midlands Today weather presenter Mel Coles will be

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competing with thousands of others in the London Marathon on Sunday.

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She has forecast a tough race but she will be spurred on by a very

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special little girl. She is raising money for three`year`old Iris. She

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suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

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How much training have you done? A lot. It has taken every bit of spare

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time. I've had to get out there and run and I know that her parents

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would love to see her get up one more day. I think in those dark

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moments where it has been painful or cold, to get out there on the start

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line and be running for Iris means the world, actually. Raising money

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for another incredibly personal cause is Andrew Dawkins from

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Hucknall. He is running for his sons Freddie and Louie, the only

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identical twins in the world with Batten disease. Now aged eight, they

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are autistic and blind. Andrew is raising ?20,000 to fund critical

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research. Looking for therapies which could come from different

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parts of drugs treatment. That's what they're looking for, but

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ultimately a cure. In the past four years, researchhas come on so much

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more than we would ever imagine. We have hope now and we've got to fight

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back. We're going to make a difference for our children and

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other children with this disease. We are determined, aren't we? Yeah.

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That is something that that Iris's parents can understand. Mel's

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marathon run has already helped to raise almost ?4000 for the Muscular

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Dystrophy Campaign. They are very close to breakthroughs on a lot of

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research that is going on so it can make a huge difference to a lot of

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people who do struggle and have quite bleak outlooks. It is hugely

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important. Mel is hoping to complete the marathon in under four hours and

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there is one factor which will help to put an extra spring in her step

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along the route. Your husband is racing as well,

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isn't he? How important is it that you beat him? Obviously, it is

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critical. I have to beat him. And she will be backed every step of the

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way by Iris and her family. Good luck, Mel!

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Good luck to everyone who's running, including our athletes like

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Paralympian Richard Whitehead and Leicester's long distance runner

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Gemma Steel, who's competing in her first ever competitive marathon.

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So many worthy fundraisers taking part like Ady Turton from Nottingham

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who's running for Beating Bowel Cancer in memory of his mum and

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grandfather. If Good luck also to Mansfield District Council

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electrician Craig Stinson, Richard Norton who's running a year after

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being in an accident at work and Stewart Sale who's running for Hope

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Against Cancer. And shout`outs to Gareth Laking raising money for

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Brake Road Safety, Colin Brown from Narborough running for the MS

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Society, Amy Williams from Buxton competing for Cancer Research.

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Send us your pictures too. We'd love to see them. You could put them on

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our Facebook page. Time for the weather now.

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It is not looking too bad for Sunday. We have some weather

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pictures for you. Blue skies and cumulus clouds.

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The weekend is looking largely dry with just a little bit of rain

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tomorrow briefly. The cloud at the moment will melt away this evening

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giving us clear skies through the night which will allow temperatures

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to drop. We expect around six Celsius in towns and cities or two

:26:26.:26:33.

or three Celsius in rural spots. In the Peak District you may get a

:26:34.:26:43.

little frost. This weather front moves south east as we go through

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the afternoon tomorrow bringing more cloud and sunlight, patchy rain for

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a time. But it won't amount to much. Saturday starts bright and sunny.

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First, we see high clouds developing making the sunshine hazy. Just a few

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spots of rain in the afternoon but some of us will get away with a dry

:27:09.:27:16.

day. A south`westerly breeze. Sunday looks like the sunniest day are of

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the weekend. Dry on Sunday, broken cloud with sunshine. A bit more

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fresh with the wind on Sunday. High pressure stays with us next week. So

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good news for the school holidays. This time next week it is Good

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Friday. Will you feel nervous

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when this is unveiled? In 2013, the public voted for

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a portrait of At times he's interesting,

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at times he's very funny, My life is a very happy life

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and I'm a very happy person. Will you feel nervous

:28:26.:28:33.

when this is unveiled? I suppose being the centre

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of attention but for ever.

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