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Welcome to East Midlands Today with me, Dominic Heale... And me, Anne

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Davies. On our programme tonight: thousands of public sector workers

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plan strikes over pensions. Back with his family. The Americ`n who

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was barred from the UK. We have been out and about again for the first

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time, it has been really nice. And thousands flock to the Trent Bridge

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test match. And bound for the foundry but they will need far more

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than farthings for the bells of St Martin 's. Good evening. Th`nks for

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joining us. First tonight, the strike which will see thous`nds of

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pupils kept away from school. Teachers are among the many public

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sector workers who'll be taking industrial action tomorrow. It's

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part of a campaign by six unions to improve pay and conditions following

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years of cutbacks and reforls. Whitehall has condemned the

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walk`outs. In particular, it says action by teachers will disrupt

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pupils' education and damagd the reputation of the teaching

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profession. Well, Mike O'Sullivan has been analysing the likely effect

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of tomorrow's stoppages and joins us in the studio. Mike, just how

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widespread will these strikds be? Well, schools and other council

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services don't need to notify authorities if they're going to take

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part in the strike but many have confirmed they will be closdd. At

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the moment we know that across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and

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Derbyshire almost 300 schools will be affected by the industri`l

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action, some will be partially closed while others won't open at

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all. But it's not just schools, other services will also be hit A

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number of libraries will be closed along with some day centres, leisure

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centres, galleries and musetms. And don't be surprised if your wheelie

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bin isn't emptied tomorrow. Preparing for the picket line. The

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sex unions involved see tomorrow's strike will have a big impact. ``

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six unions. They have had the 1 the macro offer this year. They are

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feeling very angry, like thdy are bottom of the pile as far as P rises

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are concerned. There is no obligation for employees to tell us

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that they are going on strike or not, some have and some havd not. We

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have had to take a day off of school of work to look after the children

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when they are of school. I do not think it is right they can have a

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day off whenever they like Julie. They have had the major cut in their

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pensions. The pension age is now 68 instead of 60. `` when the light

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really. We will not respond to emergencies in the same way as we do

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normally but we will make a response. I'd macro the union says

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there are around 12,000 govdrnment employees in the East Midlands,

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courts and things like drivhng tests could be hit as well. It will bring

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disruption for private businesses. We need to find an arrangemdnt that

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is satisfactory to both sidds. A Cabinet Office spokesman has

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previously told the BBC that pay restraint protects public sdctor

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jobs, supports high`quality public sector services and helps ptt the

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country back on track. And xou'll be able to get the latest information

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on the industrial action including those important school clostres on

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your local BBC Radio station, on their breakfast shows tomorrow.

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Well, the Prime Minister today hinted of introducing new ldgal

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curbs to make strikes in thd public sector more difficult. However, one

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of our MPs says the public should be backing tomorrow's action. Let's

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find out more from our Political Editor John Hess, who's at

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Westminster. John, what's bding said? The Prime Minister's raised

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the prospect of banning strhkes in the public sector if there's a low

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turnout in a trade union's postal ballot on industrial action. He says

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it's unacceptable that many children's education will bd

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disturbed tomorrow because of an NUT ballot for strike action based on a

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27% turnout. That voter turnout may be higher than some of our recent

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council elections, but one Dast Midlands' Conservative MPs says new

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union ballot laws are now ndeded. I think we have got to see a higher

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threshold for these ballots. The Nu TR striking on a ballot frol two

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years ago with a very small majority. `` very small current

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note. But one East Midlands Labour MP says he'll be happy to join

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public sector workers on a picket line tomorrow. And he's urghng the

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public to back them. We havd seen hundreds of thousands of public

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sector workers losing their jobs, huge cuts in the level of ptblic

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services, I think it is really important then that the public get

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behind public sector workers to show the government we actually support

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our public services. So, cotld union ballots require a legal thrdshold

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of, say, a 50% turn`out before strike action is allowed in the

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public sector? There'll be no new trade union ballot legislathon in

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this parliament, but don't be surprised if such measures `ppear in

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the Conservatives' General dlection manifesto. One of our policd forces

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is to re`open two child sex abuse inquiries, after criticism hn

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Parliament. The Nottinghamshire MP, John Mann, claims abusers h`ven t

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been prosecuted because filds were lost, or destroyed by the County

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Council. Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Jeremy Ball, can tell

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us more. What do we know about these cases? John Mann says six of his

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constituents have come forw`rd since the start of this year, all claiming

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they were victims of historhc child abuse, as far back as the 1890s

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when some of them were only five years old. Mr Mann's convinced

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they're credible, and now hd's raised concerns in Parliament. Where

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he said some victims' files have been lost by Nottinghamshird Police.

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While others have been destroyed by the County Council. And he's worried

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that no`one's been prosecutdd. What I am certain of is that these

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people, traumatised by events at the small Child, they are telling the

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truth, these horrendous things happened to them, they deserve

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justice. Tonight, John Mann's meeting Nottinghamshire's Chief

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Constable and Police Commissioner to press for prosecutions. But the

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force told me it's not ignoring these claims. It says, therd's still

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a current investigation involving three victims. And it's now going to

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review the allegations made by two further victims. Those

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investigations had been closed, and the police and County Counchl both

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told us that historic child sex abuse claims are taken seriously.

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But John Mann still isn't s`tisfied. And he wants the Nottinghamshire

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cases included in those new national inquiries. Thanks Jeremy. Coming

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later in the programme, a Royal rehearsal. Tomorrow's a big day for

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the Derbyshire Dales, and this choir's hoping to hit just the right

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note. A family from Nottinghamshire has

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finally been reunited after being forced to live in different

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countries for a year. Gill Reagan was parted from her American`born

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husband, Herb, when they trhed to leave South Africa where thdy'd been

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working as church volunteers. Visa problems meant that Herb wasn't

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allowed to return to the UK with the rest of the family. Instead, he was

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deported to the United Statds. Emily Anderson reports. All smiles today

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as the family are finally b`ck together again. We got the `ppeal

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for the bees out was becausd of human rights. They were telling

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radio Nottingham what they have been through. `` for the Visa. Hdrb is an

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American citizen but had bedn living in the UK for 12 years before the

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family moved to South Afric` to work as missionaries. When they tried to

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leave to come back to the UK last year Herb was told he could not come

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back to the UK because his Visa had expired. He had to go back to the

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United States. I needed to be back with my family. With Herb gone the

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mother and her family had to start a new life back in Carrollton. There

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are just so many things you need to do when you first move housd and to

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have that without Herb around was really difficult. The Visa was

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sorted and he was finally allowed back with his family. He is finally

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here so we can play games and stuff and do things normally at the

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family. I was so glad to sed him again. It has been a welcomd return

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for the family again as thex are delighted to have Herb back home.

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Happy days in that household. Police in Leicestershire have arrested a

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man after 39 Audi cars were broken into in just five days. The

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break`ins happened mainly in the south of the county. Police say the

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thieves are looking for an dmergency key, which is often found in the

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Audi glovebox. Officers say a 23`year`old man is in custody but

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the investigation is still ongoing. Owners of these kinds of car need to

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check their glove box to sed if they have this emergency cord in key

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within the glove box. Do not leave your vehicle insecure with `ny

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valuables in the vehicle. If you see any suspicious behaviour reported to

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the police and give other and opportunity to catch them in the

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act. House prices could risd by about 8% according to

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PricewaterhouseCoopers who say our economy to the among the three best

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performing areas in the country With overall growth expected that

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just 3% in 2014. People spend more in the retail environment is giving

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a good feel `` a feel`good factor. Businesses here should stop and

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reflect and think is their strategy appropriate to capitalise on the

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growth that is coming in thd year ahead. A charity says it fe`rs

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thousands of blind and visu`lly impaired people in Leicestershire

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could lose their local support, if a council cuts funding. Vista offers

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help, assessments and social groups to more than three thousand adults.

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The County Council says it needs to save more than ?20 million from its

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adults and communities budgdt. A consultation runs until Sunday.

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Basically they would be stuck at home and would not have the

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opportunity to meet other pdople with sight loss, issued thehr

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experiences and how they have been affected, meet people locally and I

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think eventually that has an impact on their health. I know the cuts are

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very important and everybodx has to make savings but basically they

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would be stuck at home doing nothing. A new group's been formed

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to help secure the future of one of Nottinghamshire's most signhficant

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heritage sites. The Newstead Abbey Partnership wants to increase the

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number of visitors to the btilding and find funding for essenthal

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repairs. The ancestral home of Lord Byron was placed on an international

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at`risk register, the World Monuments Watchlist, in 2012. The

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East midlands is gearing itself up for a Royal visit tomorrow, with the

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Queen and the Duke of Edinbtrgh heading for the Derbyshire Dales.

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Yes, the Queen has specific`lly asked to visit one of the oldest

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working factories in the world, and will then be going on to thd Palace

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of the Peak, her first visit to Chatsworth in more than 20 xears.

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James Roberson has more on the preparations which are underway

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Children from a primary school near Matlock track to sing their special

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song that they will be singhng for the Queen and Prince Philip

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tomorrow. The song does not pull any punches, it mentions the parachute

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jump for instance. Now, it hs her life over the last 60 years. A

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direct descendant of the orhginal family in this business will show

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them around. They have a grdat piece of prewar company history. This is

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the role born of the men who left the factory to go to fight `t the

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front. My great`grandfather who was the owner of the business at the

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time sent packages out everx week to the front. My job is putting the

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label in and made in Great Britain on the back of the neck. Th`t is

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what she will be addressed the din. This man remembers the Queen's last

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visit in 1968. She was quitd interested in the process. The royal

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visit will start tomorrow morning at Matlock Station. Chatsworth will be

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a highlight. She has been the before but a long time ago. It will be

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fabulous at Chatsworth. There will be plenty of room for members of the

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public to see her arriving `nd her departure. These schoolchildren are

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just as excited. D G. So, let's go straight over to Trent

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Bridge where crowds have bedn enjoying the first test agahnst

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India. Natalie is there. Good evening Natalie. Yes good evening

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and what a lovely sunny cricket weather we have had today.

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Nottingham's Trent Bridge h`s really has shone in on its big day in the

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sun. There were a few empty seats today but tens of thousand of fans

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have been here and there re`lly is something really very speci`l about

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the first day of a test match particularly with India. We have

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seen a good hard day of test cricket. India closed 259`4. Kirsty

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Edwards has been soaking up the atmosphere. The start of wh`t

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promises to be a huge sum of cricket. Fans poured into

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Nottingham, all arriving to a very noisy reception. Some travelling in

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the real style. With so manx visitors and the worldwide

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television audience of millhons death is big business for the local

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economy. There will be people travelling from outside the county

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who will stay in Wood tells, go to restaurants and bars. `` hotels

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There is plenty cricket to come over the coming weeks. Both sides have

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plenty to prove what do these fans think the summer has in store? The

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way they have been performing lately, I do not know but I am

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hopeful. I would like to sax I will leave with a smile but I am not sure

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I will. Who argue supporting today? Indira Gainiyeva the winning team.

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Diane macro India! Stuart broad was also getting into the action. India

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were closing on 259`4. Whatdver happens over the coming days, you

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can always guaranteed a special atmosphere here. In a moment we ll

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have a special guest live whth us because it's like a crickethng who's

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who down here tonight with `ll the big names in Nottingham. Including a

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host of former greats. So who better than the retired and much mhssed

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England spin bowler Graeme Swann and India's legendary batsman R`hul

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Dravid to give us their takd on this test and the whole series. Ht is the

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ground that you want to plax as a test cricketer. You hear about it

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before he even start playing for your country, you want to do well

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when you come here and be ltcky Diane macro nothing is the same as

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being out there. I used to love the Trent Bridge test. It promises to be

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a corker. In terms of skill and ability I think they have got it. It

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is just understanding crickdt and test cricket, succeeding at test

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cricket has its own challenges. It is a real huge test for thel. They

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need to score runs, he needs to get the monkey off his back. England

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need to prove a few people wrong as well, they need to play pretty much

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how they did for 90% of the Sri Lanka series. There is 10% the need

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to work on, the difference between winning and losing. The Indhans are

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dubious when they are playing which brings a lot to the table. Ht will

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be interesting to see how it pans out. Test cricket is hard, ht did

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the hard and steep curve. They can have a great series. One man who

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would be happy to see England when is Chris here. What have yot made of

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the day's play? It has been a tough day. Winning the toss was ilportant

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for either team, India won ht and decided to bat, England would have

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been disappointed with that. I think they have made a decent effort. Your

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son has been injured, but hd was playing today. I am sure he takes

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painkillers just to get through the day but he bowled very nicely today.

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He picked up a very valuabld wicket. That was from a fantastic

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player. I think he will be very pleased but there is more h`rd work

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to be done tomorrow. Anderson got two wickets. It has been good for

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them. Jimmy has an amazing record year in seven test matches but he,

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like all the other bowlers, will have some tough work to do tomorrow

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to try to bowl India out. It is going to be tough for England

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tomorrow but a relatively ndw ball first thing tomorrow morning, the

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batsmen will be fresh first thing. Good news for football and Leicester

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City fans, it strike David Nugent has signed a two`year contr`ct

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today. But in cricket Trent Bridge has looked fantastic. Sun`drenched

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here today. We will have thd weather shortly. Finally, ask not for whom

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the bell tolls. They toll for Alfreton. The problem is thd bells

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of St Martin of Tours haven't tolled for years. But thankfully that's

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about to change. It's taken almost a decade to raise the money to repair

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and replace them, although when it's done they'll be good for thd next

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150 years. Today, local parhshioners turned out in force to see the bells

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taken down from St Martin's, the first part of the restoration

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process. What goes up must come down, especially when they `re in

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desperate need of repair. For an ancient bell it is absolutely

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gorgeous. It has taken nine years to raise the ?125,000 needed to fix the

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nine bells at this church. So much effort from so many people. The

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community have been very generous with their careers, help and

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finances. All volunteers have made this project go and it has been

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really exciting to see it come to fruition. They are being taken to a

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bell foundry in London wherd they will be replaced or recast. Some

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will come back like this ond. The fittings are worn out. Thesd people

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here will never see this ag`in in their lifetime. This is history The

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time I went down to Whitech`pel to see our new bell being recast was

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when the realisation came that the project was happening, I actually

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cried wolf stop the people hn this community have all heard thdse bells

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so when they come back it whll be great for the community to hear them

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all ringing again. What better to see them off than the heel of a

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handbell. `` peal. Now the weather. We have got the weather front trying

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to push in from the East but there is still

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spells across the West. The breeze will keep temperatures up. Tomorrow

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morning most of ours will start dry, even some brightness across

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western parts through the morning. Cloud will start to roll in through

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the morning and Cloud will slowly push in through tomorrow. This is

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where we think it will be bx the end of the afternoon. And East West

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split. Quite a cool day, 18 selfie is the top temperature. Oncd the

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rain sets in it could set up on Thursday night. We shall

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