17/05/2014 East Midlands Today


17/05/2014

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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. A new

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memorial to possibly the world's most famous nurse was the focus of a

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special event in Derby today. Florence Nightingale, who lived much

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of her life in Derbyshire, will now forever be remembered on a stone

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plaque in the city's cathedral, as Tom Brown reports.

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She is widely regarded as the founder of modern nursing, and this

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morning today's nurses gathered in Derby Cathedral to remember her

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local routes. Florence Nightingale grew up here and help redevelop the

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Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. Today's special service was dedicated to

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this new permanent reminder of her legacy. This is an annual event,

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celebrating the past, present and future of the county's care

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profession. It's really important we look back and celebrate the decades

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of nursing and bring our colleagues together. This was my grandma's

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badge from the war, and then there was me, and maybe poppy as well.

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We've had bad press in the last couple of years, and to, and

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demonstrate that nurses are here to care and we are proud of the

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profession on what we do is really important. It is hoped that the

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plaque means it is never forgotten. Soldiers marched through Kimberley

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today to mark the end of their duties in Afghanistan. Crowds lined

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the town's main street as around 150 soldiers paraded from the

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One`Seventy Engineer Group Royal Engineers. They were joined by

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veterans from the Royal Engineers Association and led by the

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Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers. As walking seems to be a

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theme today, fitting then that a new walking trail linking parts of

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Derbyshire and Leicestershire officially opens this weekend. The

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National Forest Way stretches for 75 miles, but there's no challenge to

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complete at once. Steve Orme's been checking it out. Ancient woodland,

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meadows and water, just some of the site you can see as you make your

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way through one end of the National Forest to the other. The shortest

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stage of the new trail is about four miles and the longest is 7.5 miles.

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Car parking is available at most of the stages, which are largely

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accessible by public transport. Now we have hundreds of woodlands and 75

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miles of a new trial. `` new trail. It's going to link up the very

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varied landscapes of the National Forest and we've designed it so

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anybody, even if they haven't done much walking, they can start and

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maybe do four miles one day and then build it up. In the course of that

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they will see a slice across a very beautiful part of the Midlands that

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maybe they had no idea about before. It's taken five years to finalise

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the plans as well as getting the public rights of way. No two stages

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are said to be the same, and the National Forest companies have

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already had enquiries from serious athletes and businesses which want

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to complete the 75 miles in a single day.

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To sport, and Nottingham gymnast Becky Downie has helped Great

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Britain win silver at the European Championships. Downie scored an

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impressive 14.133 on the beam and also top`scored for Britain on the

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bars and vault. Her scores saw Team GB scoop second behind Romania,

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ahead of Russia. Tickets for Derby County's play`off final at Wembley

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sold`out in under an hour this morning. Leicester Tigers fans

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though may not feel such a rush for Premiership final tickets. For the

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first time in ten years, Tigers won't be there, after losing last

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night to rivals Northampton. I don't think it's been a poor season or a

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disappointing one, and sometimes you have to take it on the chin,

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sometimes you don't get in the final and you don't win a trophy and you

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have to move on and go back to the training ground and start again.

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Glorious day today, hotter than yesterday! Let's see what's in store

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tonight and tomorrow now, with Kaye. What a start of the weekend, a

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gorgeous start, temperatures in the 20s. Fear not if you missed out

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today, we have more of the same tomorrow lots of lovely sunshine and

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the temperatures will soar into the 20s, probably 23 Celsius. A little

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bit of high cloud over the last hour or so and it will stay dry

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overnight. That will leave this a bit more cloud the clearest bells

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and Mondays sees lows of 12 Celsius. Tomorrow morning, beautiful start of

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the day with many of us having clear skies through the morning. Later in

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the afternoon a little more cloud creeping in that it will be a fine

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day and temperatures could be as high as 22 or 23.

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The Beat's on`air already on your local BBC Radio, and the Musical

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Jungle is just rounding up so join them quick! Here though, there's

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more from me at 6:50pm tomorrow. Good evening. Who needs an expensive

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holiday? Today at 24 degrees, Suffolk was warmer than Ibiza and

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Crete. There was lots of warm sunshine to be found across England

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and Wales. Of course, that hasn't been the story everywhere. Cooler

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