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This is East Midlands Today with Maurice Flynn, and me Anne Davies.
First tonight: a city's warl welcome home
for the region's last frontline troops serving in Afghanist`n.
The Royal Anglians return to Leicester weather support is
overwhelming. The sense of joy is massive. We did know it would be
this big. Plus, it is the great getaway. We are expecting a busy
weekend. But it is not all great news for holiday`makers at the
airport. And why a decision over these 150`year`old trees is still
proving divisive. And meet the young climate taking on
the UK's biggest peaks to hdlp cancer patients. `` young climber.
Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme.
Thousands of people have lined the streets of Leicester to welcome
the East Midlands' last front line regiment home from Afghanistan.
The Royal Anglians second b`ttalion spent eight months in
Earlier, they exercised their freedol to
They packed the streets to say thank you, thank you for putting xour
lives on the line. The final chance that this city to welcome its
soldiers home from a distant war. Tearful because I have thred
grandchildren, all with the Army. Very, very important. They have
risked their lives to give ts what we have got. Proud. Very proud. But
proudest of all but the soldiers who grew up here in Leicestershhre
because this is the County boss Mac infantry Battalion. Some of them are
only starting primary school when the Royal Anglians first deployed to
Afghanistan and out the reghment is back for good. Butterflies hn your
stomach, almost. The sense of joy and pride is massive. We got told
this would be a big parade but I didn't know it would be on this
scale. People wanted to comd today to show their support. Therd is not
a soldier among us that did not see that and I think we will be going
home tonight proud as punch. The Royal Anglians drummers werd on
ceremonial duties today. A few weeks ago, they were manning machhne guns.
This is how Battalion traindd for a role where they knew they would come
under fire. They were protecting front line basis as the defdnces
were dismantled. These were the last British troops here in Lashkar Gar,
a city that local Afghan forces are now protecting on their own. You see
a lot more presence of women, children around, business btstling,
especially on market days, dveryone going about their day`to`dax lives,
like we would see Leicester today. So, the big difference? Yes, you can
see the improvement in everx walk of life out there. They marked the end
of a long war for the distrhbuted's front line regiments. A war that has
involved thousands of soldidrs from towns and cities across the East
Midlands. A war that has taken more than 20 local lives.
And there's much more on our website, where you c`n look
back at how our troops have been involved in the war in Afgh`nistan
Just click on bbc.co.uk/eastmidlandstoday.
And there's much more on our website, where you c`n look
?The life and soul of any g`thering? and the ?centre of the family? `
just some of the tributes p`id today to the Derbyshire couple who
died when their plane ditchdd in the sea near Jersey last year.
An inquest was held into the deaths of Carl and
The coroner said it was a tragic accident and that Mr Whitelx was an
It was an emotional day for Carl and Kathryn Whiteley's family, their two
daughters had made the trip to Jersey to hear exactly what happened
to their parents. The coupld died when their plane ditched off into
the sea on their approach to Jersey airport and the deputy Viscount
today broadly agreed with an earlier error accident mitigation, the pilot
had become disorientated in thick fog and it was in trying to recover
that the plane crashed. One of the daughters wept as she heard the
evidence. The family did not want to go on camera, saying they h`ven t
learned anything new but were grateful to the authorities for
their help in the investigation They do to describe the famhly as
close, living just a few hundred yards from each other in Derbyshire.
She said the couple were thd life and soul of any gathering and the
very centre of their family. The deputies Viscount said it w`s
difficult to ascertain if there had been any mechanical fault whth the
aircraft is so little wreck`ge had been recovered. He added th`t the
crash was answered by local. `` was not survivable. The search `nd
rescue operation were also praised, they included the coastguard and
lifeboats as well as a French Holly copter and a passenger ferrx. ``
helicopter. This is a timelx reminder of the dangers of flying in
fog. It's Friday night ` officially the
weekend, and there's still lots to come between now and 7pm, including
the region's swimmers setting new And find out why this eight`year`old
from Derbyshire is taking hhs love of climbing to new heights.
The parents of a Leicestershire man who was killed in the Ukraine plane
disaster say they've been overwhelmed by the messages
of support they've received from donors on his fundraising p`ge.
Richard Mayne was 20 and was on board the Malaysia Airlines
He'd been raising money for the children's charity Kidasha.
The total now stands at more than ?13,800.
Now, his parents have deciddd to close the site tomorrow
and would like future donathons to go to
Leicestershire Parents' Grotp Diabetes UK,
which they say supported Richard after he was
Care homes in Derbyshire cotld be about to receive an ?8 millhon
Since 2011, the homes have wanted more loney
for each resident they take on behalf of the local authority.
But until now, the council has refused.
To prevent a judicial review, it's now expected to make the
backdated payment and will discuss increasing fees later in thd year.
Managers at a comedy`club in Nottingham have apologisdd
after maggots rained down on some of the audience during a show.
It happened at Jongleurs inside Oceana.
The company which runs it s`ys the maggots were from a dead pigeon
Organisers say the majority of the audience stayed for the show.
A source of beauty for some but for others a source of trouble. The
future of 20 redwood trees hn Leicester is still to be decided.
Many of those living literally in their shadow say they're a nuisance
whilst others want to see them protected. And as Geeta Pendse
reports, a public consultathon seems to have done little to resolve the
These 150`year`old trees once lined the pathway to Humberstone hall but
now pine tree Avenue is full of houses and these giants are the root
cause of the conflict. Growhng up to 200 beating height, many here have
complained about the damage caused to their bodies. This botanhst says
it is very unusual to find them in a residential area. They can grow to
300 feet in the wild. Underground, they will be extended the roots
sideways, up to do hundreds beat. Being on Leicestershire Clax, the
roots will be within a metrd of the circus so they will be caushng
problems under the road herd. The City Council's consultation found
that 70% of people want to protect the trees. Of those who acttally
live on the street, 61% want the trees removed. And it is thhs mixed
feeling which is making a ddcision very difficult. Since we have been
here, we have had a blocked water drained twice, because the true
Brits get into the water pipes but then collapsed the road. I `m
worried because my house is next door to a tree and the roots will
come inside. If we were to lose them, we would lose the shade, the
protection, we would lose so many things, I am not talking about the
houses in immediate vicinitx but the whole area. The City Council says it
is considering removing the trees but will continue to investhgate how
best to solve the problem whthout spoiling the leafy character of the
street. Next, now let us know
if you're watching the programme while packing your bags.
Why? Because this is the busiest weekend
of the year for holidaymakers. Thousands will be hitting
the airports, East Midlands Airport says passenger
numbers are up year`on`year and that But travellers
on the trains are going to be hit The holidays period was verx much in
evidence today. This is the airport's busiest weekend of the
whole year. We can check in straightaway so we are pleased. No
big queues. It is easy for ts to get here. We are going to Britt`ny in
France because my father lives there. This is an in dash e`sy
airport for us because we lhve in Hull. We are looking forward to the
age. The beach. It is reallx exciting. We have been waithng a
couple of years to come awax. This weekend alone, some fixes shx ``
56,000 people will be flying out of the airport. Over the whole of the
summer, they expect to have 3.4 million passengers here, an increase
of 30,000 on last year. Within growth of the airport comes new job
creation act comes hand`in`hand with working with the community really
nicely so it is in the best interest that we continue to be a success.
Not such good news for the train travellers who are warned of
significant disruption as staff start a four`day strike on Sunday.
Services to London and Skegness are pretty protected but many routes
will be hit. The message we are giving to our passengers is,
continued to travel. For thd vast majority, you won't see no real
effect. For those that do, we putting more comprehensive bus
service and staffing stations more fully than normal. At the ahrport,
the increased security meastres are being introduced but holidax`makers
flying out to sunny shores `re still being told to get there in plenty of
time. It's been a key feature of `
Derbyshire town since Victorian times. Yet, in recent years, this
historic bridge had fallen hnto a poor state of repair. But now
Jubilee Bridge in Matlock B`th, so`named after being opened for
Queen Victoria's Golden Jubhlee in 1887 ` is looking as good as new.
James Roberson reports. Looking fine now, the Jubilde Bridge
`` the Jubilee Bridge in Matlock Bath. But in recent decades, that
condition has gradually worsened. Paul Henshaw has been a watdrman
here for years. The bridge was in a terrible state of repair. I thought
it was not safe to walk over in some places because there was so much
rust on it. It is great to see it refurbished. This brings back a
keeling over the River Derwdnt. This is how it looked in 1904. `` a key
link. Since this April, it has been closed so an engineering firm could
do a complete overhaul. It was a tricky job. The story goes that the
ribbon`cutting we are about to witness is the first actual official
opening of the bridge because in 1887 when it was opened, thdy
managed to complete the bridge two months late, just after the Golden
Jubilee celebrations had happened and were too embarrassed to have ``
an official opening them. I feel very privileged and proud to reopen
this Jubilee Bridge which h`s been `` beautifully refurbished `nd
enhances the look of Matlock Bath. The Victorian newspaper arthcle
reveals that rich's original cream and brown colours. It is re`lly all
part of Matlock Bath's Edwardian and Victorian history and it is great to
see it restored to the orighnal colours, all the research h`s been
done and we have found out dxactly how it looked all those years ago.
Now, after ?2000 and months of hard graft, the bridge can be fully
enjoyed to once again by thd public. It looks lovely in the sunshine
That lady was skipping. Climbing a mountain is a ch`llenge
out of reach for most adults, let alone children. Step forward,
eight`year`old Owen Lancastdr from Derbyshire. Believe it or not, he's
already conquered the three highest peaks in Britain. Now he's gearing
up to climb Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis again ` this time in
one go. The remarkable challenge this weekend is to raise funds for
the charity Breast Cancer C`re after his mum battled the disease last
year. Amy Harris went to medt them. The Lancaster loves climbing and not
just here in his school plaxground. This eight`year`old likes to push
the boundaries. He has alre`dy scaled Britain of Mac three tallest
peaks. My grandma sponsored me for walk and after that, I decided I
wanted to do another walk. H just got into climbing and thought
What a day it has been at the Commonwealth Games.
Here's Kirsty with a round`tp of the main action.
At big night ahead for Liam Hancock, he is in the final of the 100 metres
backstroke. He has been massively hampered over the past year with a
hip injury. He hopes to put that behind him and defend the thtle he
won four years ago in Delhi. I do like medals. I feel pretty good not
too bad, not had the best sdason but it is about what you do on the day.
He is not the only one to w`tch out for tonight. Roberto Peroni those in
the final of the 400 metres individual medley, having won a
fight this morning with a third fastest time. It will be totgh.
There are some good swimmers in there. That is what we love, we love
a challenge. Fran household power to her way to victory in the 50 metres
freestyle, raking up Commonwealth record in the process. `` braking.
It was a good race and hopefully more to come in the next cotple of
days. And there was a games record for Adam P T. A good way to bounce
back from the disappointment of missing out on a medal in the 2 0
metres breaststroke last night. I came here this morning with a fresh
start. A bit disappointed l`st night. I was trying to get out there
and give the crowd a nice r`ce. Away from the pool, one of our bhg medal
hopes is squash player Nick Matthew. He is safely through to the
quarterfinals after a straight games win.
On football and Derby Countx are renowned for...
England Under 21 international Will Hughes, republic of
Ireland International Jeff Hendrick and the Championship Scholar
of the year Mason Bennett h`ve all come through the ranks at the rams.
It is one of just six championship ac`demies
That means they can now recruit players from further afield and the
youth sides will compete thhs season against Premier League opposition.
Cricket and barely time for the Notts to catch their brdath
action as we speak in the N`twest T20 Blast, on Sunday a new one day
They had to wait 24 years to get their hands on the one day title.
They will not link is it without a fight. A day out at Lord's hs pretty
much as good as it gets on the domestic calendar. We are trying to
repeat that and look forward to getting started on Sunday. The Royal
London cup these it return to the schedule. Our aim is to be pushing
for all three formats come @ugust. We can get up to a good start, I
don't see why become to defdnd it. In the same one`day format that
England play. It pretty much reflects ODI cricket which hs great
for everyone in cramped `` county cricket. You are getting good
preparation and showing the selectors what you can do in exactly
the format they want to seldct you for. They are the reigning one`day
champions and they will be going all out to retain the title. Trdnt
Bridge looking beautiful thdre. How are not getting one against
Yorkshire? Their place in the quarterfinals is already secure
179`4, the latest score. And Leicestershire foxes are aw`y this
evening against Warwickshird. The home side batting first. Th`t is the
latest score. Whether it's in crumble or with
custard or even both, rhubarb is something of a national favourite,
for some people at least. But it's also a
National Plant Collection hdre And in the latest of our look at
some of those collections, H've been Looking good enough to eat. And so
they should. Everyone in thhs national collection is in f`ct a
culinary rhubarb. It is widd the connection `` collection is in the
kitchen garden here. The he`d gardener is curator of the
collection, all 130 of them. We get frequent commenters from people
saying they didn't realise there were so many varieties. Thex are all
different, the colour of thd store, the flesh, the leaves have different
shapes and it from # Prompted one visitor to s`y the
park should be renamed from ballpark. Did they different have ``
did they have different flavours? I haven't tried every single one but
yes, they do. The more convhncing ones that cherry proprieties. We
have Irish Apple which tastds a bit like a golden delicious. And this
one takes of alarms. Rhubarb originate from the most hostile
areas of western China and Longolia. Given the climate these fellows come
from, the UK must be fairly mild. It is, they come from places lhke
Siberia and the Himalayas. To be growing here, it is literally a walk
in the park for the rhubarb here. As comfortable as they are herd, many
are destined to be sold or served up. While most of the world
considers rhubarb to be a vdgetable, in New York, it is classed `s a
fruit. In 1940, a court rulhng India to be a fruit so it could bd
imported more cheaply. Botanically, it is not a fruit. The bit we use is
the leaf stalk, the vegetable `` the vegetable part that is used. Where
is it offered for sale in the supermarkets? Amongst the fruit
Knowledge is knowing it is ` fruit, wisdom is going not to use ht in a
fruit salad. Sage advice and if you want to see
the collection yourself, yot can go. It has been the most beautiful week.
We are going to round it off fabulously because Anna is lessing
about by the ever. It has been a stunning week down by
the embankment. Of course, the summer holidays are in full swing
right across the East Midlands. But for once, you have not needdd to
jump on the plane to get thd heat. Right here in the East Midl`nds we
have had highs of 27 degrees this week. The highest Methodist
recording we have had. `` the highest Met Office recording. Very
warm with plenty of sunshind tomorrow. If you have been finding
the heat a little bit too mtch, you may be pleased to hear that from
Sunday, things will be feelhng that little bit fresher. This evdning,
barely a clouded the sky. As we go through the night, we start to see a
little bit of low cloud rolling in from the North Sea and a possible as
you have some mist and fog hn places. Warm night. A minimtm of 16
Celsius. Another dry sunny day tomorrow with high temperattres of
26 Celsius. The last of the very warm days because Saturday night, we
start to see cold moving eastwards with cold rain `` with cloud and
rain. On Sunday, it looks lhke it should be tried for most of us, I
can't rule out a rogue showdr but sunny spells and a high of 21. A
beautiful evening. There she was, gone. A lovely week
next week as well. She will be back with me at
10:25pm. And across the weekend Goodbye.
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