26/02/2018 London News


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cold air heading in a northerly

direction continuing until Friday.

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On the programme this evening:

direction continuing until Friday.

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Mowed down on their way

to a 16th birthday party.

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A drunk driver pleads guilty

to killing these teenagers.

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Today the parents

give their verdict.

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He's hoping to get a reduced

sentence for pleading guilty, what?

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For the lives of three boys? There

is no justice if that happens.

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Also tonight - preparing

for a bitterly cold snap

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as London and the home counties get

a taste of the beast from the east.

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Emergency shelter like this in

Hackney have opened to help people

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who otherwise would be sleeping in

below freezing conditions.

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Plus how much extra would

you pay for a coffee cup?

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the trial encouraging Londoners

to ditch the disposable.

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Definitely a pound for 50P would

stop you.

It is good, because it

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worked with the plastic bags. #

Think of the good times we knew...

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And enjoying a comeback....

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the revival of the Irish Dance Halls

which disappeared from

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the capital a decade ago.

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A very warm welcome

to BBC London News

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with me Riz Lateef.

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First tonight.

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Three young lives tragically cut

short - after a drunk diver ploughed

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into them on their way to a 16th

birthday party in Hayes.

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Today 28-year-old Jaynesh Chudasama

admitted causing the deaths

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of these three teenagers

by dangerous driving.

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He'd been travelling at more than 70

miles per hour in a 60 zone.

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It's also emerged that five

other teenagers came

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close to being killed.

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Helen Drew reports.

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Three great friends -

Josh McGuinness and George Wilkinson

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were both 16 and Harry Rice was 17.

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They were walking to

a friend's birthday party

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in Hayes when they were hit by a car

that mounted the pavement.

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All three died at the scene.

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Devastated.

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We just...

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Devastation.

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I couldn't put it

into words how we feel.

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There is no words.

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Ripped us apart.

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It's affected everyone,

not just us, hundreds

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of friends, because that

is

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how nice the boys were.

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The driver was 28-year-old

Jaynesh Chudasama,

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who today pleaded guilty to three

counts of causing death by

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dangerous driving.

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The Old Bailey heard he was two

and a half times the drink

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driving limit, as well as having

traces of cannabis in his system.

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He was doing 71mph

in a 60 when it is

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thought he tried to overtake another

car and lost control of this Audi.

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The maximum sentence for causing

during the last by dangerous driving

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is 14 years in prison.

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We are not very happy,

we would have preferred

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it going to a trial,

because at this rate,

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having pled guilty, he can get

a

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third of off his sentence.

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We don't feel that is

sufficient enough time

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served for the lives of two

16-year-old and one 17-year-old boy.

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The local community is devastated

and today the judge said even more

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lives could have been lost.

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When the three boys

were hit they were

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walking with two friends and towards

another three friends, they

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were all standing close together.

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The judge said this could have

easily have been something that

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killed eight people instead

of three, and she may well consider

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that when sentencing.

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There was a passenger

in the car with Jaynesh

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Chudasama and both men

ran from the scene.

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Two of the friends who were there

but not hit ran after the men

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and managed to drag the driver back

to the scene where he was taken to

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hospital and later arrested.

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The judge will sentence him

for the deaths of Josh,

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George and Harry on the 9th March.

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Lots more to come including:

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Will it be win, win for Windsor...

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The businesses hoping for a boost

in the run-up to Harry

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and Meghan's big day.

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The weather warnings

have been in place

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for the past couple of days

and today the so called

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'beast from the east' hit,

bringing with it some snow

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and bitterly cold conditions.

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And what's more -

there's worse to come.

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In a moment we'll hear

from the charities helping

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the capital's rough sleepers,

but first to Chris Rogers,

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who's in Essex - one of the counties

in our area expected

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to be hardest hit.

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Yes, I'm in the salt depot. This is

the big weapon against that ice that

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is expected to form. In the latest

round, 100 tonnes of salt it heading

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out to keep things moving. They have

some great names the trucks. This is

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Britney Speirs and there is

Alexander The Grit. They are up

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against the snow that has been

falling all day. We have some images

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of white stuff falling in the

capital. It started this morning. As

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temperatures drop, which they really

are, that will turn to ice and that

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is going to cause problems. Has

Essex got what it takes to keep

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commuters moving tomorrow. I asked

councillor Ray Gooding.

We can never

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say there will never be a problem,

but we are doing our best to make

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sure the conditions on the road are

as good as they can be. If it is as

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bad as forecast, it will be quite a

difficult process. We have got to

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make a number of runs over several

days and we have got the stocks of

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salt and materials to make sure we

can do that. So yes we will be doing

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everything we can.

While salt can

battle the ice on the road, there is

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expected problems with the rail.

National rail has put contingency

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plans in place for tomorrow morning.

But the branch routes will be

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affected. Here are some of the

routes affected from tonight. There

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will be a reduced service on C2C

after 9pm tonight.

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So expect problems on the trains

tomorrow. While we may bear the

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brunt of the pain of the commute

tomorrow, think about those with

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nowhere to go who are living rough.

They will feel the cold and Mark

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Ashdown is at a shelter in Hackney.

Thank you. Spare a thought for

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anybody facing the prospect of

having to face a night outside. It

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is freezing. Some fantastic work

from the volunteers here at the

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Hackney winter night shelter. This

runs from November to March each

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year and people can come here and

there is 25 beds each night. There

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is a shower and toilet and food.

They're preparing a meal for people.

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What is on the menu.

We are doing a

Moroccan night. We have vegetable

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tagine and couscous.

Thank you. This

is all part of the the mayor's

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strategy for emergency shelters so

no one should spend a single night

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outside rough sleeping. Let's talk

with the chair of the trustees. Take

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us through some of the work people

are doing. They're all volunteers?

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Everyone is a volunteer. We have a

couple of members of staff, somebody

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will be along later. But we are

volunteer-run and between November

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and March we provide, dinner, bed

and breakfast. During the day our

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staff help them find more suitable

accommodation.

People at home might

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be thinking what can I do if I see

somebody sleeping rough to help?

As

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well as calling up, I would

encourage people if they can give

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some money obviously. This, although

we are volunteer run, it costs a lot

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to run the sherment. The other thing

to think about it can you spare some

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time and help us to volunteer or

could you help us with fund-raising,

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transport, we need people's time.

Thank you. There is a central way of

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reporting this. If you see somebody

sleeping rough tonight, the mayor'

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street link system mean you can. The

cold is inconvenient for most, but

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it can be life-threatening. Thank

you

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A man with more knowledge

than most about the weather -

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than most about the weather -

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Nick Miller joins us.

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How unprecedented is this?

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.

We will probably have to wait

until the end of the week to put it

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in context in the recent years. But

going back to a similar sort of

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weather set up in the atmosphere to

2013 and March which saw

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considerable snow in the south-east

and the London area. We are just at

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the start of this process. It is

good to see people getting prepared.

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There are Met Office warnings saying

be prepared. Particularly in the

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east and south-east of London, where

we will see some significant snow

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and different days, different people

will be affected. Not everybody

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tomorrow will be wake up to a

blanket of snow. That doesn't mean

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to say we won't get problems. There

will be problems tomorrow coming

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into London from the east and

south-east of London, but on later

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this week there could be more

widespread snow affecting all

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Londoners and everyone around London

as low pressure comes from the

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south. We are at the start of what

could be a very eventful and serious

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week of weather.

Thank you. A

general sense, you will give us the

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detailed forecast later. Thank you

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The parents of a severely disabled

little boy on life support

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at a London hospital say

they want to take their case to

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the European Court of Human Rights.

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A High Court judge previously gave

doctors at Kings College

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Hospital permission to provide only

palliative care to Isaiah Haastrup

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against his parent's wishes.

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They intend to make an application

to the ECHR and want

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intensive care to continue.

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Preparations are well underway

in Windsor for the wedding

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of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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It's being seen as a big

business boost to the town -

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not just because of tourist

revenues, but the endorsement

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of the royal brand.

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Sarah Harris reports.

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The castle is the symbol

of the Windsor brand -

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weekend home to the Queen and soon

to be venue for the

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international wedding of the year.

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According to one economist,

the event is a much-needed financial

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boost in uncertain times -

worth tens of millions of pounds.

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If you look at the boost

of the wedding in

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Windsor and in London,

it's going to be huge.

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But the real boost is to Britain PLC

and all the brands in

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terms of intangibles, it is very

difficult to quantify that,

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but clearly a lot of jobs and a lot

of

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economic activity is going to come

from this celebration.

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And it's that celebration,

plus the eyes of world

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being on Windsor that's leading

to the production of the town's very

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own Monopoly board.

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Brand experts see it

as a golden opportunity to be

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associated with the Royal milestone.

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It was always a case of when not

if for Royal Windsor to gets its

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own official Monopoly board.

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We were going to do

it in a year or two.

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A certain event taking place in two

months made it irresistible for us

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and our mission is to make this

board a love letter for Royal

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Windsor and showcase

it to the world.

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Sending that message round the world

requires an infrastructure update.

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Engineers are working to ensure that

communication cables

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running underneath the cobbled

streets here are state of the art to

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cope with demand.

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Just higher broadband

speeds for all the

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broadcasting as well.

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So beforehand it was copper.

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Fibre optics is a lot faster.

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For many businesses based

in the historic town west of London,

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the ceremony is the Monopoly

equivalent of passing go and

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collecting 200 - not

just down to tourism,

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but because of what a modern royal

couple's wedding brings

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to the Windsor brand.

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It made a huge difference

to the number of plastic

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bags going to landfill -

so could a 5-pence charge

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on for customers on top

of their coffee be enough to change

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drinking habits too?

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Well one coffee chain is doing just

that as part of a trial at 35

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of its stores here in the capital -

with the money raised

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going to an environmental charity.

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Ena Miller has more.

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. For some a takeaway coffee is the

perfect start to the day, for others

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it is the trigger.

I'm a megaphone

and I'm not afraid to use it.

To

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wage war on waste.

None of these

cups get recycled.

Should be.

How

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big is the problem? Two and a half

billion cups are thrown away each

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year. Less than 1% is recycled. MPs

have been calling for a 25 pence on

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levies bought in takeaway cups.

Starbucks said it is listening. For

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the next three months 36 stores in

London will charge an extra 5 pence.

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.

It is about changing people's

behaviour. Our customers want us to

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do something about reuse and

recycling. There is no excuse, if

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you come in you're going to get

charged for a cup or get rewarded

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for reuse.

The idea is to change

people's behaviour, it worked for

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supermarket with the 5 pence charge

on carrier bags but will it work for

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coffee. What would you pay in order

to change your behaviour in buying a

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coffee if 5 pence was addeds or 50

pence or a pound.

A pound would.

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Coffee is expensive enough. 5 pence

wouldn't. You wouldn't realise.

5P

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probably I would think it was too

little to change my mind. 50p maybe.

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But definitely a pound.

The money

will go to charity.

It will go

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towards a recycled boat to enable

young people go out on and collect

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plastic Ute out of the Thames.

In

three months we will see if 5 pence

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can persuade people to drink and

think about the waste their coffee

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produces.

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Before that though -

50 years ago it was a ground

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breaking BBC series about western

art and human identity.

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Now it's been remade and all this

week we're looking at some

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of the civilisations that

have influenced London.

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Wendy Hurrell can tell us more.

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Yes in the 60s, David Attenborough

was controller of BBC Two and had to

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sell the nation colour TVs and they

showed western art. So Civilisation

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aired in 1969 presented by Kenneth

Clarke and it defined TV documentary

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making for many years. The BBC has

remade it, looking at art from

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around the world. That got me

thinking about the civilisations in

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London. I had to hone it down and I

have been looking today at the

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Caribbean.

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Though it's changed over the years,

Brixton, since the 50s,

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has traditionally been associated

with people of the Caribbean.

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# London is the place for me #.

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70 years ago the Empire Windrush

docked at Tilbury.

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Those 492 West Indians

were some of the pioneers

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of multicultural London.

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# London is the place for me #.

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The early settlers often faced

prejudice, but they were followed

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by many more who still contend

with an entirely different climate.

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Understandably they've

clung to the traditions

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and comforts of home.

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We have managed to embrace

our cultural history

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and we've taken it with us.

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We have lived it.

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And we are sharing it with others.

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Our treats are so filled

with love and authentic

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flavours that our queue

was extremely lengthy.

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We rocked down to Electric Avenue,

as Eddie Grant said, you know?

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The Caribbean islands have always

been remarkably diverse,

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populated by colonial Europeans,

Africans brought by the slave trade,

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and indigenous tribes such

as the Caribs and Arawaks.

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We found two intriguing

artefacts that tell the story

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of those civilisations.

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So, over to the West India

committee in Westminster

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and its chief executive,

Blondel Cluff.

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In my hands I have one of my

favourite items from the West India

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Committee collection.

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This is a Zemi, it's a very small

stone artefact depicting

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the principal god of the Arawaks.

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What we have here is a sample

of the fabric known as toile digire.

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It was first designed in the 1700.

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-- It was first

designed in the 1700s.

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It's very popular even today.

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What many of us don't realise,

even though we have it in our homes,

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is that it was invented

as a form of currency.

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With which Europeans traded

with African slaves.

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Filling our galleries and museums,

humble objects that tell a human

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history of the people that make

up our city.

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In London and museums, galleries,

and culture centres are taking part

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in a festival that surrounds the

programme that is inspired by the

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programme. There will be lots of

special events. To find out what is

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happening near you, you can go to

the website. Tomorrow I will be

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looking at the treasures of India.

Thanks very much.

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The Winter Olympics

may have just ended.

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But we're already looking

ahead to this summer

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when the London Stadium will once

again host the Anniversary Games.

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Two of our top athletes,

who were meeting schoolchildren

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in Westminster today,

say they're looking forward

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to being back on the track.

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As Emma Jones reports.

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A special games lesson with some

extra tuition from two

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of Britain's best sprinters.

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Paralympic world record-holder

Richard Whitehead, and Britain's

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fastest woman over 100 and 200

metres, Dina Asher-Smith.

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The way she moves her arms just

really, like, inspires me,

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and I just watch her technique

and hopefully it'll

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improve my sprint.

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It's really good because

they are so inspiring.

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You just want to be

like them when you're older.

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Dina is fresh from just finishing

second in the 60 metres

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at the indoor Grand Prix

in Glasgow yesterday.

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Next up for her, preparations

to be part of the England

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team at her first ever

Commonwealth Games in April.

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Yeah, I'd like to go

down there and do well,

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we don't know who entirely

we are competing against next

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because different countries have

taken different approaches

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to their selection policies.

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So, we don't quite know

who is going to be in the race yet,

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but I'm looking to go out

there and put together a good

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performance that will set me up

in a good place in the Europeans

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later on in the season.

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Something else for both her

and Richard to look forward

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to are the anniversary games,

which will see them both back racing

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at the London Stadium in July.

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And as it is an inclusive event,

both Olympic and Paralympic

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champions will be in action.

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London is such a warming

environment for para sport.

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It's got an appetite for para sport.

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The athletes want to be

back in that stadium.

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The spectators really get

behind their performances,

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and that's what we enjoy

as athletes, we want to be treated

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as athletes, not para athletes.

0:21:450:21:50

It's going to be tight!

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Thousands of athletics fans have

celebrated British success

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at the London Stadium already.

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There will hopefully be plenty more

opportunities this summer.

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Emma Jones, BBC London News.

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Turning now -

to something that's enjoying

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a revival in one part of London.

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Once a regular part of life

for thousands of Irish Londoners -

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promoters are recreating

the atmosphere of the traditional

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Irish dancehall at a

social club in Kilburn.

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And it's proving a huge hit.

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Here's Thomas Magill.

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# Last night I had a pleasant dream

#.

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In Ireland they call

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this a -- in Ireland they call this

a ceilidh. It first opened in 1952.

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Along with other venues such as the

National Intel Burn, it featured

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Irish show bands and country singers

often playing to huge crowds of

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revellers.

In comparison to the

dances I was used to in Ireland

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which is basic hall it was awesome.

You stood looking around because it

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was so beautiful.

Massive queues.

Once he got in the door that was it,

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you had an absolutely fantastic

night.

For many they were a place to

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find work, a flatmate, or even a

love of your life.

Took a long time

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to arrive but it arrived in 2003

when I met my husband, Declan, who

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is sitting here.

It was actually

2002.

Cut that.

Whenever it was,

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Times changed and the dance halls

closed. This is one being demolished

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in 2008. It all seems like the end

of an era. But something rather

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wonderful is happening just behind

the church of the Sacred Heart in

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Kilburn. Every Monday night one of

the performance from back in the

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day, a man known as McGinty, is

single-handedly attempting to revive

0:24:070:24:12

the old dance hall tradition. He is

turning this social club into the

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ballroom of romance.

I know some

people who come in here and have got

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a stick. They are walking in. As

soon as the music starts they are up

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dancing on the floor. They reckon I

am a faith healer, as well.

How does

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it compare to the original dance

halls? Declan and Patricia have come

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back to trip the light fantastic

once again.

It reminds me of 40

0:24:400:24:45

years ago. The music, do you know

what I mean? The atmosphere is much

0:24:450:24:49

the same.

You see something like

this and it takes you back.

There is

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no doubt McGinty has created the

atmosphere these revellers remember

0:24:540:24:57

from the old days, he just hopes

that maybe one day a new generation

0:24:570:25:02

will also discover his ballroom of

romance. We heard from the earlier.

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But now you have the full forecast.

0:25:130:25:18

romance. We heard from the earlier.

But now you have the full forecast.

0:25:180:25:19

It is finally here, the beast from

the east, the bitterly cold wind has

0:25:190:25:22

been moving in. We really felt it

today. We have seen snow showers.

0:25:220:25:27

There will be more of that as we go

through this week. Further snow

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showers, some will get a covering at

times, giving some disruption. And

0:25:310:25:34

it is a bitter cold week to come.

Immediate concern from the Met

0:25:340:25:41

office, there is an amber warning

for snow. That means be prepared.

0:25:410:25:47

Some of us will wake up to some snow

tomorrow morning. We have had some

0:25:470:25:51

snow showers around today. Over the

next few hours some of those will

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continue. But we are most concerned

with this line of snow showers just

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getting going here. It will be the

same areas again and again, to the

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east of London, Essex, and some

parts of Medway getting it, as well.

0:26:060:26:10

Anywhere is at risk of seeing a few

centimetres on the ground, but

0:26:100:26:15

particularly deep to the East, South

East, and the rail routes coming in

0:26:150:26:18

from these areas into London. The

highest chance of disruption will be

0:26:180:26:24

ten centimetres of snow where we

have the amber warning. To the north

0:26:240:26:28

and west, you might not see as much

snow, perhaps some, hardly anything,

0:26:280:26:31

not as much disruption. But it is

absolutely worth getting up a little

0:26:310:26:37

bit early in the morning, just

checking your local travel

0:26:370:26:40

situation, making sure that what has

happened overnight and into the

0:26:400:26:43

morning won't affect you too much.

Bitterly cold as we start the day,

0:26:430:26:49

temperatures way below freezing. As

it continues tomorrow morning, snow

0:26:490:26:55

showers coming in. It is far too

cold for anything to melt. It will

0:26:550:26:59

accumulate and blow around in

places. Things will improve later in

0:26:590:27:05

the afternoon, more in the way of

sunshine. We are watching the end of

0:27:050:27:09

the week for potentially disruptive

widespread snow, maybe blizzards, we

0:27:090:27:13

will keep across that as the week

goes on.

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Thanks very much.

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goes on.

Thanks very much. Thanks for joining

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us. Wrap up warm. Feel free to post

your wintry pictures on our Facebook

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page. I will

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