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This is East Midlands Today. Iraq.
I'm Anne Davies and tonight a sad day for everyone
The Dowager Duchess died today at the age of 94.
With an indomitable spirit she's credited with turning Chatsworth
into one of Britain's most hmportant tourist attractions Good evdning
This and shot dead, two men are under arrest.
The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire has died.
She was the main public facd of Chatsworth House in Derbxshire
for decades. Known to her family as Debo,
Deborah Mitford, the youngest of the famous Mitford sisters, married Lord
Andrew Cavendish, in 1941 and in 1950 he inherited the title and she
became the Duchess of Devonshire. She played a key role in thd
restoration of the house and gardens turning the estate into the tourist
attraction that it is today. Well,
our reporter James Roberson has been talking to people in Derbyshire who
witnessed part of that remarkable life, starting with a photographer
from Matlock who's 80 next week and worked closely with the
Dowager Duchess for half a century. For this man she was part of his
life for more than 50 years. As a freelance photographer he covered
hundreds of events at Chatsworth house and got to know the Dtchess
well. You became friends of the family because they knew thdy could
trust you. He covered many of the Duke and Duchess is famous parties
including the wedding annivdrsary. It was this indomitable spirit and
also the enthusiasm that thd Dodgers put into all things Derbyshhre that
the people so appreciated. She would turn up to many of the events she
was invited to, would turn tp for local charities and knew wh`t was
going on behind the charitids. She always gave time and will bd very
sadly missed. It was her close stewardship of the house with her
late husband that she will be mostly remembered. It was a great
achievement. People were dr`wn not only the public but the people they
invited as the house guests. She was one of the personalities of the
county. She opened up Chatsworth and encouraged people to come there She
always said the people who did the most were Derbyshire people from the
region. She was part of the public life of Derbyshire as well `s the
Private life of Chatsworth. She was always her own woman. A few people
came and said the Roman heads ought not to have tinsel but the Tencel is
staying. She was at ease with state occasions as she was relaxed when he
photographed her with her grandchildren. I said you c`nnot be
a granny and the Duchess, it she said, of course I can. I'm loving my
grandchildren. That, to me, was the Duchess of Devonshire. She was
lovely. I think everybody bdlieves she really was an incredibld person
with an extraordinary life. She really was an amazing woman
one of the IT girls of the thirties and forties,
someone who had tea with Hitler and even danced with Jack Kdnnedy.
Four years ago she spoke at length to James Roberson and
here's some of their conversation. My father`in`law died when he was
only 55 in 1950 so then we found ourselves in charge not just of this
but of his properties. It w`s a tremendous inheritance to ptt it
that way but it was also an enormous responsibility. There was no
question of us coming to live here because of this
question of us coming to live here because of this huge debt and then
slowly it was resolved and the land agent said that house needs a family
in it, you have got to go and live there. We were very doubtful but we
came and we loved it. Looking back over all the time you have been
here, is there anything that stands out? Your amazing wonderful parties
that you and your husband h`d four major celebrations? That was
entirely and drew, you love the party and the whole spectrul of
people in Derbyshire. He thought it would be a good idea to ask all the
couples who had a golden wedding to tea on the day of our golden wedding
so we thought there might bd three or four, 500 possibly. In the end
3500 people sat down to tea. It was a wonderful party. In a way it was
the best because it was such a surprise. This is one of thd
greatest jewels in the East Midlands, does that make yot feel
proud? Yes, very. It is verx well for the people at the top to feel
proud but it is the people who have done the work who should fedl proud
and I they do. The work he was made absolutely wonderful by the support
of the staff who are second to none. The luck of living and workhng with
all those people is something that will never diminish. That I suppose
is the thing I really take `way with me, from the garden to the farms, to
the inside of the house, evdrything. They were just amazing. The ones
that are still alive became lifelong friends. What a beautiful rdflection
of the house in the water there It was the house and county th`t were
very close to the heart of the Duchess. When news of her ddath
people they were so touched by it. people they were so touched by it.
For me it is always impresshve to see these houses. They have been
doing a lot of good for a Lord of people, I think everyone loved her.
Many here at the farm shop, one of the first of its kind, had `n
opinion. When doing things on a mass scale standards sometimes stffer but
this was really impressive. She used to come in when we were shopping,
with the family. She spent the last couple of years living here on the
estate but it is this house and the Chatsworth brand which she helped
welled up which will mean the life and works of Deborah Devonshire live
on. Now let me introduce yot to the head of marketing here at
Chatsworth, it is a sad day, isn't it? Absolutely. We have books of
condolence out which people can sign. What about if anybody brings
flowers? We would love people to lay flowers down the North front drive
of the house. She really st`rted the wave of turning stately homds like
this into proper businesses? Absolutely, if she was an
inspiration and people really loved to work for her, she was fantastic.
A true inspiration. That's it from us here at Chatsworth
in Derbyshire. Our thoughts are with
the family tonight and with everyone who loved and will miss her.
It was a long life and a great life and Deborah Duchess
of Devonshire will be remembered for an even longer time to come
Back to you in the studio, Dom. Now the rest of the day's ndws.
And there's another sign th`t more manufacturing firms in the region
are expecting to grow and rdcruit. A survey to be unveiled next week
will show a big increase in firms saying business is on the up.
It comes as one engineering firm opens a new
?5million steel`cutting plant. Mike O'Sullivan reports.
The future is looking bright for this engineering company in
Nottinghamshire. The managing director told me the companx has
invested ?5 million in what they called the cut shack kitted out with
state of the art steel cutthng equipment. We will take people on
further if the market improves and we saw six apprentices arrive this
week. The company now emploxs 2 0 people. They have at healthx order
book. A survey by the government's Manufacturing advisory servhce will
show that 64% of small firms expect to recruit staff, up 22% on last
year. 73% expect to grow ovdr the next three months, up 10%. There is
definitely a good future if your company is willing to progrdss you
through. I started on the shop floor as a welder and am now a qu`ntity
surveyor. Our company has a very strong future. There a grant from
the regional growth front. `` fund. We took the view things cannot stay
this bad for reversal at sole point we have to make a move and reinvest.
That was triggered by the rdgional growth fund. The company st`rted out
as a blacksmith in the 1970s. Now they are turning over ?40 mhllion
per year. Two men have been arrested
on suspicion of the murder of a taxi driver from Nottingham
almost twenty years ago. Ethsham Ghafoor was shot de`d while
sitting in his cab back in 0994 The motive for his killing
has never been discovered. Carolyn Moses reports.
Police called it an execution style murder, cold`blooded and
premeditated. A taxi driver sitting in his cab shot dead near a
children's nationally. That nursery is now a football park and changing
rooms but it was here that the man was shot twice in his black and
white Ford Sierra almost 20 years ago. He was 26. Please help me. He
suffers. My son is gone. Thd family are campaigning and have set up a
page online hoping to find `nswers. Now there has been some devdlopment,
two men, both in the 40s, arrested this morning. They are being
questioned by detectives. Police say this murder case has never been
closed, all the years they have continued to search for news and
information. It is hoped today's arrests could mean a major step
forward towards finding the truth from one of the ADL's most lengthy
murders. Legal proceedings have begun against
the former leader of Leicestershire County Council over an unpahd debt.
The local authority says David Parsons has stopped p`ying
monthly instalments to clear the costs of trips he made tsing
the council's chauffeur`driven car when he was leader.
It will take a fortnight for the courts to process the council's
application to recover the loney. East Midlands Trains say a strike by
maintenance staff later this month will affect some services. Lanagers
say members of the Unite unhon will strike from the 28th of September to
the 4th of October, in a dispute over pay. There will be a rdvised
timetable, but train companx bosses are pledging to keep most sdrvices
running. Labour leader Ed Miliband s`ys our
East Midlands cities will gdt new devolved powers over transport, if
they win the next general election. So could that mean Nottingh`m's
controversial local tax on workplace parking will bd
extended to other cities? And what
about local tax`raising powdrs? On that
the Labour leader's more cattious. Mr Miliband's been speaking to
our Political Editor John Hdss. The most important thing is to be
led by people and make sure we reverse all the centralisathon we
have seen. Too much power ordered at Westminster and not enough devolved
throughout England. One thing that is really important is powers over
transport spending. All of that spending at the moment is spent in
Westminster it should be devolved to regions and sub regions. All of
those things are the kind of things that can make a real differdnce to
people in the East Midlands. Nottingham is a good exampld where
it is building the tram but part of the funding for that has bedn a levy
that is a local parks. I am cautious on tax but we should look at all
people's ideas. We have alrdady have an agenda to devolved millions of
pounds of spending to England away from Westminster. There has been one
of the biggest drops in unelployment but recently there were surveys
which showed wage rates havd also fallen very low indeed. Is that the
inevitable price of economic recovery? I do not think it should
be sought. We have announced plans to raise the minimum wage and to
build homes again creating jobs in construction, apprenticeships. But
we have got to create a decdnt economy with good wages. Thd
government says the economy is fixed but I do not believe it is. We all
remembered the equal towns plan parts of rural Leicestershire was
allocated, it all ended in tears. Isn't that the danger with these big
plans for a future Labour government? We cannot go on as we
are, how to build in is at hts lowest level since the 1920s. ``
house`building. Both my wifd and I will be out on the campaign trail.
We are looking forward to it. You're watching East Midlands Today.
Still to come: Derbyshire fire service signs up
its newest recruit. Dexter the cocker spaniel whll help
investigate suspected arson attacks. And I will be investigating the
fireball in the sky and finding out how much longer it will be gracing
us with its presence. The sport now and here's Natalie.
First a big night for Nottingham Forest in the capital.
The Reds are unbeaten and top of the league in the Championship.
But now it's league cup timd at Tottenham Hotspur.
And there really has been some famous cup battles against
these two teams in the past. Kirsty Edwards has been rolling
back the years with Stuart Pearce. Piers possibly lining up a left foot
shot for Forest. He is alwaxs a danger here. What a splendid shot. I
think on occasions like that you end up saying that is for fans, that
occasion but it is the call of the game because you get beaten. He
still has not won the FA Cup. It would be fantastic for us as a
football club to deliver at the trophy to Brian Clough. It was a
real driving ambition for mxself and the rest of the players to deliver
that. It was not to be. While Brian Clough certainly played a htge role
in Stuart Pearce's Kadir thd fans have set off with shirts to Wear for
the match. The Reds have won three of the games. We are acutelx aware
that on paper we will be underdogs but you probably would not want to
play a team at the top of the division below doing extremdly well
but it is the game we should be relishing and the fans should be
enjoying. We will be going to partner in an attempt to win the
game and go through to the next round.
Well already through to the last 16 are Derby County and thex more
than deserved their 2`0 win over fellow Championship side Re`ding.
Steve McClaren had made six changes to his side. When he receivdd the
ball we were all on the edgd of the seat. It is effective. The
ball we were all on the edgd of the seat. It is effective. The
breakthrough finally came mhdway through the second half. Thd
substitute set up Donny Russell for his first goal of the season. Then
this cross hit the reading defender whose own goal secured the win. The
draw for the fourth round tonight and McLaren knows full well what it
means to progress in the competition. It is one of the
greatest moments as a managdr and winning at Cardiff do I know this
competition is important to us and we will keep going as far as we can.
Rugby and the bad news just keeps on coming for injury hit
Leicester Tigers. Scrum`half David Mele's been
suspended for a week after his red card in the record defeat at Bath.
He was sent off for a stamphng incident and becomes yet another
player unavailable this weekend Cricket and three Nottinghalshire
players have made England's One day squad for the tour of Sri L`nka
James Taylor, Alex Hales and Harry Guernex.
In the County championship Derbyshire go into day thred on
162`1 against Leicestershird. And well done to the
Nottingham Panthers. There brilliant win over Halburg
in the Champions League was their first win at the top level
of European Hockey. Panthers won 3`1 at the
National Ice Centre. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue
service has a new recruit to help it solve suspected arson attacks.
Senior officers presented Ddxter the Cocker Spaniel puppy with his
staff identity badge this morning. Emily Anderson reports.
He is the new boy and the l`test any line of fire investigation dogs for
the East Midlands. They are to detect things like Excel we're
things have been used to help start fires. Before dogs are used in fire
scenes, as part of the training they are taught to find tennis
balls. We then teaching FP can find petrol he will get his tennhs ball.
He likes playing with that `nd searches around quite well `t home.
We will just develop that as he grows up. He takes over frol this
dog, Freckle, dogs like thel can play a vital role in solving
suspected arson attacks and these boots can be an important p`rt of
the armoury. This protect hhs feet in a fire scene. He will be given a
few months to settle in before he starts training, that is whdn the
hard work begins. We have had another decent day
today, quite a lot of sunshhne around. We have had high prdssure
through today. Perfectly tiled for the daylight hours stopping the
cloud from building. It will start to erode tonight allowing some clout
to pick up and the these. Not a lot in terms of rain over the ndxt few
days or so. It will be mostly dry but cloudy and easy. Things will
warn up as we go into the wdekend. `` breezy. It will be mostlx clear
on Thursday night allowing temperatures to fall away. ``
through tonight. Tomorrow morning will start off dry. The clotd will
continue to increase from the north and west as we head through the
afternoon. There could be a little light rain or drizzle later on in
the day but for most of us ht will be mainly dry. It will feel similar
to today with highs of around 1 Celsius. A weather front crossing
through on Friday but withott much rain. It is dry and bright `nd
warming up towards the weekdnd. That's about all from us
on the day when the death w`s announced of the Dowager Duchess
of Devonshire, the woman who transformed Chatsworth Housd
into the one of the most important stately homes in all of England