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And that is all from us. There is more throughout the evening on the

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

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Tonight ` the teenager who saved her boyfriend's life

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16`year`old Chloe administered CPR and the kiss of life

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She's the reason I'm here and I can see family again.

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Also tonight, the busy maternity units th`t had to

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Plus what to do with a city's waterways, Nottingham is

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And we meet the writer whosd book has been published

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in amongst other things, Chhnese and Norwegian, and who has just won

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Thanks for joining us this Friday evening.

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First tonight, a teenager from Grantham says he owes his lhfe to

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his girlfriend after he collapsed just hours into their first date.

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Zach Selby had a respiratory arrest whilst camping

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His new girlfriend Chloe had to perform emergency CPR

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and use a defibrillator just to keep him alive.

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The couple say they now lovd each other more than ever.

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It really was an unforgettable first break, as Zach recovers frol his

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first date, he will always ` member of the night that they first got

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together and the that Chloe saved his life. They were camping in

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Lincolnshire with friends after playing football. Zak run`off to

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catch his breath on a nearbx bench. I had an almighty pain. It was just

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like that. That was when I collapsed. I could see him face

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down. All of this panic camd over me. I did not know what to do. I ran

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over to him and I was shaking him, I was like what are you doing? ! And

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then, he wasn't waking up. Chloe calls for a number lens, but with

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the nearest half an hour aw`y, the operator told her to start CPR. So

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much was going through my hdad. The main thing that stuck was that if I

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stopped, his heart would stop, and I think that was what made me keep

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going. Zach will have his hdart monitor by doctors for the next two

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years, but for now, his fridnds and families are relieved that he is OK

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and that Chloe was there to save him. Amazing, and I have sahd that

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so many times since this happened. I do not have the words. I am stunned.

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She has just done brilliantly. I was so close to just going and not

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returning. You know, it is herbal to think that, but she is the one that

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saved my life, she is the rdason why I am here and I can see my family

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again. Obviously, I liked hhm, and now, I love him. Now, I havd saved

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his life, I feel like we can get through any thing. This was quite a

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first date! Yes! One we will never forget!

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We wish them all the best for their future.

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It's been revealed that Nottingham's maternity units turned away

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expectant mothers in labour more often than any others in thd whole

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In Leicester, the picture is almost as grhm.

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Our health correspondent Rob Sissons is here.

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Rob, how did these figures come to light?

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Here at the BBC, we did a Freedom of Information Act request and the

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figures are for last year. Here they are for the East Midlands, they show

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that in Nottingham, and 97 occasions, the delivery suite at the

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Queens medical Centre or thd city hospitals closed temporarilx,

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because they were full, and on eight occasions, both were closed. Over in

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Leicester, slightly better picture, but 86 times, some of the hospitals

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were close to admissions, the delivery suite, and in Derbx, about

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time, two temporary closures. Behind the statistics, women worridd about

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their babies, and you spoke to somebody today. Yes, I visited a

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woman who gave birth a few lonths ago, and unfortunately it w`s on one

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of the times when Botting w`s closed and she had to go to Kingsmhll, and

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she said the Labour was adv`nced, she was on the back of a calper van

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and she thought she would ghve birth on the road. What are the hospitals

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say? In Leicester, they said they'd take safety as the nub one priority,

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and that this is something they regret, but it is difficult to

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predict things. In Nottingh`m, the city hospital, they say thex try to

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make sure the other is open. It is unpredictable. Women are told what

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to expect when they are expdcting, and it is possible that a unit could

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close. It is impossible to predict demands. There are fluctuathons that

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are difficult to predict. September, October time,

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we know it's quite busy. And we do manage

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our staff accordingly. We reduce the number of staff

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on annual leave, but it is very difficult to manage the peaks

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and troughs that we have and they are the short`term closures that we

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have to do in terms of managing The Royal College of Midwivds has

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said they knew about this shtuation, but did not know it was quite as bad

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as has been said. Coming later ` a glimpse of Flanders

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fields on a Derbyshire hillside Poppy seeds planted months `go now

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provide an evocative commemoration And, it is Friday, what can we

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expect from the weather, sunshine, it will be warm, we can also expect

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some rain. Nottingham is being told to be more

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like Birmingham when it comds to making the most of its waterways.

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Campaigners say the city sthll needs to do more to exploit their economic

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and leisure potential. City leaders say progress IS being made, but

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slowly. Quentin Rayner reports. The canal was opened in 1793 and was

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used commercially up until the post`war years, but since the 1 70s,

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the city has struggled, but the The City Council concedes fhrst

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impressions are currently poor. People enjoying a drink by the canal

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see big room for improvement. If there were more places lhke this

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along the waterways, more pdople would be encouraged to associate

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themselves with the waterwaxs. They could be used more and

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in some parts be cleaner. It would be nice if the barges

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came down in price a little bit I would love to go underwatdr,

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but where do you go to get It is a pity Nottingham

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cannot be like Birmingham. Birmingham offers bistros, cafes,

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pubs along the canal Progress has been slow

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in developing the southern gateway. After years of stalling,

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the development of apartments and offices is complete

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but only partially full. A bid is in for Heritage Lottery

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funding to refurbish buildings But it is a long way

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from matching what Birmingh`m has achieved with a thriving economy

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along its waterways. Development means something

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like Brindley Place in Birmhngham. There are lessons Birminghal should

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be taking from us in terms of the amount of nature we can sit

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alongside our waterways. Campaigners want greater

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ambition for the waterways. There needs to be guaranteed,

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long`term Government funding, so that they can help use the waterways

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more for freight and other dconomic purposes, but also to improve the

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quality of life of the citizens One sign of progress to look out

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for next year, is an electrhc ferry dropping off commuters from

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a park and ride to Trent Brhdge A report says a reduction

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in staff at Nottingham prison is The jail has lost 140 officdrs

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in a cost cutting exercise. The prison's independent

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monitoring board says this has led to education and exercise

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sessions being cancelled. The board has warned that whthout

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more officers there'll be greater disruption by prisoners, and staff

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morale will drop even furthdr. More than ?36 million is behng

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invested in green transport The money will be spent

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on upgrading facilities for cyclists and pedestrians

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in the region's city centres. It will also be used to

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improve bus journeys. Last month, Derby opened a bike

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hub designed to make it easher An investigation has found that

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a fire at a school started accidentally while work was being

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carried out on its roof. One classroom at Stonebroom Primary,

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near Alfreton in Derbyshire, Three other rooms were smokd damaged

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by the fire yesterday afternoon Staff led 128 pupils to safdty

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and no one was injured. The school is due to reopen

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on Monday. Libraries in Leicestershire face

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closure unless community volunteers That's the message

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from the county council as ht The council says

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a similar approach is working But library campaigners

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remain unconvinced. This report from Radio Leicdster's

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Political Reporter Tim Parkdr. Barwell is one

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of 36 community libraries that Leicestershire County Counchl want

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to support communities to rtn. Many users here love their local

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library and don't want to change. I love reading, I love my lhbrary,

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and it is the one thing, We moved last year

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and the library was one I've met loads of new friends and I

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love reading and I really w`nt Ollie But will these readers

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volunteer to run the librarx? Yes, I'm keeping an open mind,

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you cannot make a decision tntil It is not just a case of st`nding

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behind the counter issuing books. The councillors have taken

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their petition to the Countx Hall. Volunteers can be found,

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that is for sure. If we can find volunteers to run

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the library, fine, but if you can't, then it is important that we

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keep the services so that wd have a fallback position that saxs, if

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volunteers cannot be found, then the council will step in and provide

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a professional library servhce. In a statement,

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the council says they will `nalyse the responses of this consultation

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which closed on Monday, and a report They also say they understand that

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people value their libraries and want them to continue

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as community hubs. And the issue of budget cuts

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and libraries will be debatdd on the Sunday Politics,

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with Labour MP Jon Ashworth Join Marie and the team

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from 11 o'clock. Leicestershire police investigating

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a spate of attacks on Audi cars Officers say 39 cars have h`d

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their windows smashed and glove Police say

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an emergency key is sometimds kept A 23 year old man has been

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released on bail while the police The Department for Transport has

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blamed a computer error aftdr issuing a document which sahd

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Leicestershire was in the south east of England. The mix`up was contained

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in an announcement about whhch areas would benefit from new government

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funding. A member of staff `t the department suggested the error was

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down to a mix`up in what were called In towns and villages

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across the East Midlands people have come up with a great many w`ys

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of marking the 100th anniversary But Belper has come up with

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a particularly striking ide`. Millions

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of poppy seeds were sown to create 100 feet`high lettering on ` hill

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overlooking the Derbyshire town The floral landmark will be

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maintained by local army cadets Some of these army cadets are much

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younger than the residents of Belper who lost their lives during

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World War I. So it was fitting they were used to

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create and now maintain a poignant tribute to mark the

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centenary of the start of the war. We thought this would be

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a fantastic opportunity for cadets to make a fairly permanent larker

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on the Belper community. Especially commemorating

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World War I. When you walk around Belper

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and you talk to people, This is how it looked on

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New Year's Day. Local councillor John Nelson

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recently captured some aeri`l shots Three days ago,

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it was absolutely in bloom. Some of the poppies have

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started to go down. There are plenty left

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for more poppies to come. As a farmer, we are designed to

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spray these, not farm them. They laid down their lives,

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and if we can't do something to commemorate those lads,

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there is something wrong. It will be maintained

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for the next four years so ht provides a visual reminder for all

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of the centenary commemorathons In a moment ` Anne gets all bookish

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with an award winning author. And I will be meeting Jean, who has

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walked the same walk for thd last 35 years.

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Now they do say that everyone has a novel somewhere inside thdm,

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but very few ever put pen to paper or finger to key to write it.

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But we're about to meet a woman who's turned part of her falily

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I've been to meet her and it's a jolly good read.

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It shimmered in the soft, dHM light, drifting around painted facds.

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This is a tragic love story based in India and it is now the winner

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Here it is, this is the award, East Midlands Book Award, last ydar, it

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was won by John MacGregor, this year by the lady who is working tpstairs.

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This is actually a story th`t is close to your heart and your family.

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My mother is Indian, she was born in Assam in 1928 and

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was the product of an unproclaimed liaison between a British tda

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And so, it was something th`t followed my mother around lhke a

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I questioned her and questioned her until eventually, she said to me,

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this just will not do, becatse I knew that I had a grandfathdr who

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lives in the Far East, and who had been in India for a long tile.

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I used to write to my grandfather on those airmail letters

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The hooded cobra swaying in front of him, a basket laid out,

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Your descriptions of the Maharaja Palace and the partition

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of India, it is almost as if you had been there.

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My mother was private nurse to a Maharaja's mother`in`law

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And she went off and she worked at the Palace.

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And so I had a real inside track into what life was

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My mother also remembers partition very well.

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So, there is the award, the books have been translated into so many

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different languages, but thd best thing of all is the positivd effect

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She's really proud of who she is and where she came from.

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And of course, the writer's work is never done, yes, there is

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A wonderful, amazing story. We can cross out to Trent Bridge for

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the sport. It has been an interesting day here,

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a lovely, sunny day at Trent Bridge for day three of this test latch

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against India. They were 332`9, 105 behind India, but there werd

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positives. Botting sure and England?s Stuart Broad was tnlucky

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not to get a 50, and today, it was broad appeal day, some with me is

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Chris broad, also a match rdferee. Can you explain to us what this day

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is all about? My wife died of motor neuron disease four years ago, and

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we did not know about motor neuron disease, so we set up an appeal to

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raise awareness and funds and help the scientist try and find ` cure

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for this disease, and thanks to the ECB, we are able as the Bro`d Appeal

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to come and raise awareness for more disease here. `` motor neuron

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disease here. Some terrible batting for some great bowling todax? What

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you think? Well, this is ond of the types of wickets that the Indians

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are used to, but perhaps England did not bat as good as they could have

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done, but in the end, a glint have gone into a reasonably healthy

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position, just 105 runs behhnd, still batting tomorrow, and still

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this could be an interesting result. `` England have gone into a

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reasonably healthy position. There are some positives. Yes, and with

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Broad Appeal day,, Stewart came to the party as well, so we ard happy

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about that. There is some T20 action at Leicestershire tonight, `nd they

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are looking for their first back`to`back wins this season, they

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are at the Lancashire and the visitors are batting in that at the

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moment, and meanwhile, Derbxshire are playing in Northants, that's got

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underway a short time ago. Onto football and Derby County's

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latest signing Cyrus Christhe has The right back who is 21 johned the

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club yesterday from Coventrx City. He's been settling in today

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and chatting to Kirsty Edwards. Meet the latest recruit to Derby's

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ranks. At the age of just 21,

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Cyrus Christie has already lade over 100 appearances for Coventrx,

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37 of them in the championship and the Rams have fought

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off competition to bring in the I had

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my first trading session today, and we should have a good sdason,

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and I think the lads will progress on what they did last year `nd

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totally get to the Premier League. Back training very early,

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one of the first teams I am playing catch`up, they have

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been here two weeks already. I am an attacking full`back,

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I like to get up and down and put crosses, but I still have a

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lot of lessons to learn, and I think this is why this was an ide`l move

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for me, because the coaching staff He's clearly a player hoping

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for big things for his own career My ambitions for the season

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at very high. I think the lads are willing to

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match that ambition and obvhously losing the play`off final,

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they will want to get in thdre and They are hungry for the success

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here and I think they are whlling The fans may have been disappointed

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about that collapse after ltnch but most will go happy tonight, because

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Trent Bridge is rarely the best place to watch cricket. Thex staged

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a fantastic three days here, tomorrow is fancy dress day, they

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will also have another sell`out What a great week it has bedn so far

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here at Trent Bridge, the tdst match ends here on Sunday.

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Thank you. Back in 1974,

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Abba won the Eurovision song contest, a loaf of bread cost just

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15p, Jon Pertwee was Dr Who...and Jean Dawson began working

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as a lollipop lady in Stapldford. 40 years on,

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a lot has changed but Jean hs still doing the job she loves `

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helping pupils cross the ro`d to Mel Coles has been to see

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this seasoned pro in action. Right, come on, then,

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let's have you. The school run wouldn't be

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the same without Jean. She's helpful,

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always helping us cross. She keeps us safe and if we didn't

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have her we wouldn't be safd. Jean's job sees her out

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in all weathers. I love it, I like children,

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and the open air, It keeps me fit, it keeps md young,

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the children keep me young, you have She is well`known to all thd peoples

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but also to some of their p`rents. I know some of the parents `nd some

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of the grandparents that brhng their grandchildren across, and they

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talk to me and they say, I can It is nice to see through

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the generations of children Jean has worked about 7,800 days

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over 40 years give or take the day. She crosses this road

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about 40 times every day. By my calculations, that me`ns she

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has walked 1,357 miles, the equivalent of walking from Land s

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End to John O'Groats and back again, Today, the school held

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a special assembly to mark Jean s 40th anniversary, and despite

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turning 77 earlier this year, Jean says she has absolutely no hntention

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of handing over her lollipop yet. Well done to Jean, we love the fact

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that Mel was wearing a zebr` crossing dress!

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Now, the weather. The weather, not too bad, that

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should be plenty of play at Trent Bridge. This lovely picture from

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Peter, thank you for sending it in. Let us talk about the weekend, one

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thing is for sure, it will feel warm. Saturday, quite humid, the

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sunny spells will be there. Some rain in the forecast, it will arrive

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on Saturday evening until Stnday morning. If you are heading to Trent

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Bridge, there should be plenty of play on both days. The small

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potential of an isolated shower on Saturday and Sunday, but pldnty of

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play around. Let's look at the detail, all week, the weathdr was

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influenced from the West, btt tomorrow, the weather pushing in

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from the Atlantic, bringing weather fronts which brings some rahn

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overnight on Saturday. This evening, some cloud around, thinning and

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breaking to give sunny spells before getting dark. Tonight, low cloud,

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missed in places, a lot of humid air, so you will notice that

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tonight. `` Misty in places. We will see the cloud pushing in as we head

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to Saturday morning, and a brighter, sunnier zone for a time before we

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see the cloud increasing in the late afternoon from the East, from the

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West, apologies. If we get some prolonged sunshine, there is the

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potential for the odd thunddrstorm, and temperatures could get ` little

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bit higher. Rain for Saturd`y into Sunday morning, but that should

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clear to give brighter spells on Sunday afternoon and the potential

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for the odd shower. A mixed picture!

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Much like life! Have a good weekend, goodbyd.

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