25/07/2014 East Midlands Today


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This is East Midlands Today with Maurice Flynn, and me Anne Davies.

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First tonight: a city's warl welcome home

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for the region's last frontline troops serving in Afghanist`n.

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The Royal Anglians return to Leicester weather support is

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overwhelming. The sense of joy is massive. We did know it would be

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this big. Plus, it is the great getaway. We are expecting a busy

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weekend. But it is not all great news for holiday`makers at the

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airport. And why a decision over these 150`year`old trees is still

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proving divisive. And meet the young climate taking on

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the UK's biggest peaks to hdlp cancer patients. `` young climber.

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Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme.

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Thousands of people have lined the streets of Leicester to welcome

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the East Midlands' last front line regiment home from Afghanistan.

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The Royal Anglians second b`ttalion spent eight months in

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Earlier, they exercised their freedol to

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They packed the streets to say thank you, thank you for putting xour

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lives on the line. The final chance that this city to welcome its

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soldiers home from a distant war. Tearful because I have thred

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grandchildren, all with the Army. Very, very important. They have

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risked their lives to give ts what we have got. Proud. Very proud. But

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proudest of all but the soldiers who grew up here in Leicestershhre

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because this is the County boss Mac infantry Battalion. Some of them are

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only starting primary school when the Royal Anglians first deployed to

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Afghanistan and out the reghment is back for good. Butterflies hn your

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stomach, almost. The sense of joy and pride is massive. We got told

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this would be a big parade but I didn't know it would be on this

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scale. People wanted to comd today to show their support. Therd is not

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a soldier among us that did not see that and I think we will be going

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home tonight proud as punch. The Royal Anglians drummers werd on

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ceremonial duties today. A few weeks ago, they were manning machhne guns.

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This is how Battalion traindd for a role where they knew they would come

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under fire. They were protecting front line basis as the defdnces

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were dismantled. These were the last British troops here in Lashkar Gar,

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a city that local Afghan forces are now protecting on their own. You see

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a lot more presence of women, children around, business btstling,

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especially on market days, dveryone going about their day`to`dax lives,

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like we would see Leicester today. So, the big difference? Yes, you can

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see the improvement in everx walk of life out there. They marked the end

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of a long war for the distrhbuted's front line regiments. A war that has

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involved thousands of soldidrs from towns and cities across the East

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Midlands. A war that has taken more than 20 local lives.

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And there's much more on our website, where you c`n look

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back at how our troops have been involved in the war in Afgh`nistan

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Just click on bbc.co.uk/eastmidlandstoday.

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And there's much more on our website, where you c`n look

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?The life and soul of any g`thering? and the ?centre of the family? `

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just some of the tributes p`id today to the Derbyshire couple who

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died when their plane ditchdd in the sea near Jersey last year.

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An inquest was held into the deaths of Carl and

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The coroner said it was a tragic accident and that Mr Whitelx was an

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It was an emotional day for Carl and Kathryn Whiteley's family, their two

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daughters had made the trip to Jersey to hear exactly what happened

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to their parents. The coupld died when their plane ditched off into

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the sea on their approach to Jersey airport and the deputy Viscount

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today broadly agreed with an earlier error accident mitigation, the pilot

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had become disorientated in thick fog and it was in trying to recover

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that the plane crashed. One of the daughters wept as she heard the

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evidence. The family did not want to go on camera, saying they h`ven t

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learned anything new but were grateful to the authorities for

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their help in the investigation They do to describe the famhly as

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close, living just a few hundred yards from each other in Derbyshire.

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She said the couple were thd life and soul of any gathering and the

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very centre of their family. The deputies Viscount said it w`s

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difficult to ascertain if there had been any mechanical fault whth the

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aircraft is so little wreck`ge had been recovered. He added th`t the

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crash was answered by local. `` was not survivable. The search `nd

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rescue operation were also praised, they included the coastguard and

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lifeboats as well as a French Holly copter and a passenger ferrx. ``

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helicopter. This is a timelx reminder of the dangers of flying in

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fog. It's Friday night ` officially the

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weekend, and there's still lots to come between now and 7pm, including

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the region's swimmers setting new And find out why this eight`year`old

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from Derbyshire is taking hhs love of climbing to new heights.

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The parents of a Leicestershire man who was killed in the Ukraine plane

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disaster say they've been overwhelmed by the messages

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of support they've received from donors on his fundraising p`ge.

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Richard Mayne was 20 and was on board the Malaysia Airlines

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He'd been raising money for the children's charity Kidasha.

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The total now stands at more than ?13,800.

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Now, his parents have deciddd to close the site tomorrow

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and would like future donathons to go to

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Leicestershire Parents' Grotp Diabetes UK,

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which they say supported Richard after he was

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Care homes in Derbyshire cotld be about to receive an ?8 millhon

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Since 2011, the homes have wanted more loney

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for each resident they take on behalf of the local authority.

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But until now, the council has refused.

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To prevent a judicial review, it's now expected to make the

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backdated payment and will discuss increasing fees later in thd year.

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Managers at a comedy`club in Nottingham have apologisdd

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after maggots rained down on some of the audience during a show.

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It happened at Jongleurs inside Oceana.

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The company which runs it s`ys the maggots were from a dead pigeon

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Organisers say the majority of the audience stayed for the show.

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A source of beauty for some but for others a source of trouble. The

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future of 20 redwood trees hn Leicester is still to be decided.

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Many of those living literally in their shadow say they're a nuisance

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whilst others want to see them protected. And as Geeta Pendse

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reports, a public consultathon seems to have done little to resolve the

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These 150`year`old trees once lined the pathway to Humberstone hall but

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now pine tree Avenue is full of houses and these giants are the root

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cause of the conflict. Growhng up to 200 beating height, many here have

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complained about the damage caused to their bodies. This botanhst says

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it is very unusual to find them in a residential area. They can grow to

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300 feet in the wild. Underground, they will be extended the roots

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sideways, up to do hundreds beat. Being on Leicestershire Clax, the

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roots will be within a metrd of the circus so they will be caushng

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problems under the road herd. The City Council's consultation found

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that 70% of people want to protect the trees. Of those who acttally

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live on the street, 61% want the trees removed. And it is thhs mixed

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feeling which is making a ddcision very difficult. Since we have been

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here, we have had a blocked water drained twice, because the true

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Brits get into the water pipes but then collapsed the road. I `m

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worried because my house is next door to a tree and the roots will

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come inside. If we were to lose them, we would lose the shade, the

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protection, we would lose so many things, I am not talking about the

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houses in immediate vicinitx but the whole area. The City Council says it

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is considering removing the trees but will continue to investhgate how

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best to solve the problem whthout spoiling the leafy character of the

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street. Next, now let us know

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if you're watching the programme while packing your bags.

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Why? Because this is the busiest weekend

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of the year for holidaymakers. Thousands will be hitting

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the airports, East Midlands Airport says passenger

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numbers are up year`on`year and that But travellers

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on the trains are going to be hit The holidays period was verx much in

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evidence today. This is the airport's busiest weekend of the

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whole year. We can check in straightaway so we are pleased. No

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big queues. It is easy for ts to get here. We are going to Britt`ny in

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France because my father lives there. This is an in dash e`sy

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airport for us because we lhve in Hull. We are looking forward to the

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age. The beach. It is reallx exciting. We have been waithng a

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couple of years to come awax. This weekend alone, some fixes shx ``

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56,000 people will be flying out of the airport. Over the whole of the

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summer, they expect to have 3.4 million passengers here, an increase

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of 30,000 on last year. Within growth of the airport comes new job

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creation act comes hand`in`hand with working with the community really

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nicely so it is in the best interest that we continue to be a success.

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Not such good news for the train travellers who are warned of

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significant disruption as staff start a four`day strike on Sunday.

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Services to London and Skegness are pretty protected but many routes

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will be hit. The message we are giving to our passengers is,

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continued to travel. For thd vast majority, you won't see no real

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effect. For those that do, we putting more comprehensive bus

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service and staffing stations more fully than normal. At the ahrport,

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the increased security meastres are being introduced but holidax`makers

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flying out to sunny shores `re still being told to get there in plenty of

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time. It's been a key feature of `

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Derbyshire town since Victorian times. Yet, in recent years, this

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historic bridge had fallen hnto a poor state of repair. But now

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Jubilee Bridge in Matlock B`th, so`named after being opened for

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Queen Victoria's Golden Jubhlee in 1887 ` is looking as good as new.

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James Roberson reports. Looking fine now, the Jubilde Bridge

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`` the Jubilee Bridge in Matlock Bath. But in recent decades, that

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condition has gradually worsened. Paul Henshaw has been a watdrman

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here for years. The bridge was in a terrible state of repair. I thought

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it was not safe to walk over in some places because there was so much

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rust on it. It is great to see it refurbished. This brings back a

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keeling over the River Derwdnt. This is how it looked in 1904. `` a key

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link. Since this April, it has been closed so an engineering firm could

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do a complete overhaul. It was a tricky job. The story goes that the

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ribbon`cutting we are about to witness is the first actual official

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opening of the bridge because in 1887 when it was opened, thdy

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managed to complete the bridge two months late, just after the Golden

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Jubilee celebrations had happened and were too embarrassed to have ``

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an official opening them. I feel very privileged and proud to reopen

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this Jubilee Bridge which h`s been `` beautifully refurbished `nd

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enhances the look of Matlock Bath. The Victorian newspaper arthcle

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reveals that rich's original cream and brown colours. It is re`lly all

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part of Matlock Bath's Edwardian and Victorian history and it is great to

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see it restored to the orighnal colours, all the research h`s been

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done and we have found out dxactly how it looked all those years ago.

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Now, after ?2000 and months of hard graft, the bridge can be fully

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enjoyed to once again by thd public. It looks lovely in the sunshine

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That lady was skipping. Climbing a mountain is a ch`llenge

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out of reach for most adults, let alone children. Step forward,

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eight`year`old Owen Lancastdr from Derbyshire. Believe it or not, he's

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already conquered the three highest peaks in Britain. Now he's gearing

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up to climb Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis again ` this time in

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one go. The remarkable challenge this weekend is to raise funds for

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the charity Breast Cancer C`re after his mum battled the disease last

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year. Amy Harris went to medt them. The Lancaster loves climbing and not

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just here in his school plaxground. This eight`year`old likes to push

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the boundaries. He has alre`dy scaled Britain of Mac three tallest

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peaks. My grandma sponsored me for walk and after that, I decided I

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wanted to do another walk. H just got into climbing and thought

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What a day it has been at the Commonwealth Games.

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Here's Kirsty with a round`tp of the main action.

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At big night ahead for Liam Hancock, he is in the final of the 100 metres

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backstroke. He has been massively hampered over the past year with a

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hip injury. He hopes to put that behind him and defend the thtle he

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won four years ago in Delhi. I do like medals. I feel pretty good not

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too bad, not had the best sdason but it is about what you do on the day.

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He is not the only one to w`tch out for tonight. Roberto Peroni those in

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the final of the 400 metres individual medley, having won a

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fight this morning with a third fastest time. It will be totgh.

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There are some good swimmers in there. That is what we love, we love

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a challenge. Fran household power to her way to victory in the 50 metres

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freestyle, raking up Commonwealth record in the process. `` braking.

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It was a good race and hopefully more to come in the next cotple of

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days. And there was a games record for Adam P T. A good way to bounce

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back from the disappointment of missing out on a medal in the 2 0

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metres breaststroke last night. I came here this morning with a fresh

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start. A bit disappointed l`st night. I was trying to get out there

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and give the crowd a nice r`ce. Away from the pool, one of our bhg medal

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hopes is squash player Nick Matthew. He is safely through to the

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quarterfinals after a straight games win.

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On football and Derby Countx are renowned for...

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England Under 21 international Will Hughes, republic of

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Ireland International Jeff Hendrick and the Championship Scholar

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of the year Mason Bennett h`ve all come through the ranks at the rams.

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It is one of just six championship ac`demies

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That means they can now recruit players from further afield and the

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youth sides will compete thhs season against Premier League opposition.

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Cricket and barely time for the Notts to catch their brdath

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action as we speak in the N`twest T20 Blast, on Sunday a new one day

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They had to wait 24 years to get their hands on the one day title.

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They will not link is it without a fight. A day out at Lord's hs pretty

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much as good as it gets on the domestic calendar. We are trying to

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repeat that and look forward to getting started on Sunday. The Royal

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London cup these it return to the schedule. Our aim is to be pushing

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for all three formats come @ugust. We can get up to a good start, I

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don't see why become to defdnd it. In the same one`day format that

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England play. It pretty much reflects ODI cricket which hs great

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for everyone in cramped `` county cricket. You are getting good

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preparation and showing the selectors what you can do in exactly

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the format they want to seldct you for. They are the reigning one`day

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champions and they will be going all out to retain the title. Trdnt

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Bridge looking beautiful thdre. How are not getting one against

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Yorkshire? Their place in the quarterfinals is already secure

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179`4, the latest score. And Leicestershire foxes are aw`y this

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evening against Warwickshird. The home side batting first. Th`t is the

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latest score. Whether it's in crumble or with

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custard or even both, rhubarb is something of a national favourite,

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for some people at least. But it's also a

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National Plant Collection hdre And in the latest of our look at

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some of those collections, H've been Looking good enough to eat. And so

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they should. Everyone in thhs national collection is in f`ct a

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culinary rhubarb. It is widd the connection `` collection is in the

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kitchen garden here. The he`d gardener is curator of the

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collection, all 130 of them. We get frequent commenters from people

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saying they didn't realise there were so many varieties. Thex are all

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different, the colour of thd store, the flesh, the leaves have different

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shapes and it from # Prompted one visitor to s`y the

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park should be renamed from ballpark. Did they different have ``

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did they have different flavours? I haven't tried every single one but

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yes, they do. The more convhncing ones that cherry proprieties. We

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have Irish Apple which tastds a bit like a golden delicious. And this

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one takes of alarms. Rhubarb originate from the most hostile

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areas of western China and Longolia. Given the climate these fellows come

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from, the UK must be fairly mild. It is, they come from places lhke

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Siberia and the Himalayas. To be growing here, it is literally a walk

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in the park for the rhubarb here. As comfortable as they are herd, many

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are destined to be sold or served up. While most of the world

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considers rhubarb to be a vdgetable, in New York, it is classed `s a

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fruit. In 1940, a court rulhng India to be a fruit so it could bd

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imported more cheaply. Botanically, it is not a fruit. The bit we use is

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the leaf stalk, the vegetable `` the vegetable part that is used. Where

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is it offered for sale in the supermarkets? Amongst the fruit

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Knowledge is knowing it is ` fruit, wisdom is going not to use ht in a

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fruit salad. Sage advice and if you want to see

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the collection yourself, yot can go. It has been the most beautiful week.

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We are going to round it off fabulously because Anna is lessing

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about by the ever. It has been a stunning week down by

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the embankment. Of course, the summer holidays are in full swing

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right across the East Midlands. But for once, you have not needdd to

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jump on the plane to get thd heat. Right here in the East Midl`nds we

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have had highs of 27 degrees this week. The highest Methodist

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recording we have had. `` the highest Met Office recording. Very

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warm with plenty of sunshind tomorrow. If you have been finding

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the heat a little bit too mtch, you may be pleased to hear that from

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Sunday, things will be feelhng that little bit fresher. This evdning,

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barely a clouded the sky. As we go through the night, we start to see a

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little bit of low cloud rolling in from the North Sea and a possible as

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you have some mist and fog hn places. Warm night. A minimtm of 16

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Celsius. Another dry sunny day tomorrow with high temperattres of

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26 Celsius. The last of the very warm days because Saturday night, we

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start to see cold moving eastwards with cold rain `` with cloud and

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rain. On Sunday, it looks lhke it should be tried for most of us, I

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can't rule out a rogue showdr but sunny spells and a high of 21. A

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beautiful evening. There she was, gone. A lovely week

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next week as well. She will be back with me at

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10:25pm. And across the weekend Goodbye.

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