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with the tragedy six months on?

Joins me now

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Good evening.

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I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.

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We start tonight with more

on today's memorial service marking

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six months to the day that a fire

ripped through Grenfell Tower,

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claiming 71 lives,

including 18 children.

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It was one of the worst tragedies

to hit the capital in London's

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modern peacetime history.

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This morning, at St Paul's

Cathedral, survivors

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and those who've lost loved

ones came together.

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Many here grieved for loved ones,

precious people who perished

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on that dreadful night.

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Mothers, fathers, sisters,

brothers, aunts and uncles,

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cousins, sons and daughters.

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Today would have been the first

birthday of one of the youngest

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victims of the fire.

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STEEL DRUMS PLAYING "HALLELUJAH".

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In years to come, our

hope is that the name

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of Grenfell will not

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just be known as a symbol of sorrow,

of grief, or injustice.

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But a symbol of the time we learned

a new and better way

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to listen and to love.

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# I see is light and

darkness all around.

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# You feel so helpless,

you can't see which way to go #.

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I'm glad I was there,

it means something to all of us

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and I loved the parts of the service

that talked about this

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being a change in the way

we approach the way we look

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after each other.

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The windows broke, things

were falling to the floor, and then

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in the space of six minutes,

the fire had already reached

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six floors above it.

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You could see the smoke.

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It felt as if it wasn't real.

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I was just horrified by what I saw

and I just wanted to help.

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Deeply emotional.

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You feel pulled together in the same

way that we've pulled together

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in the initial aftermath

of the fire.

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I think there's a need for us

to share today and to be together.

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The two standout points for me,

that made me feel tearful,

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were when the Muslim choir,

the Muslim girls sang.

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Those words were very

poignant and the moment

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when the schoolchildren

from the various primary schools

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in the area scattered green hearts

around to the song of 'Somewhere'

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from West Side Story.

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Those were really, really

moving moments for me.

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We trust that this service today

is an assurance that the families

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most deeply affected by this

tragedy are also not

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forgotten by our nation,

by those here in this cathedral,

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and by those who watch and listen

around the country today.

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Since the tragedy, the community

in North Kensington

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has come together in many ways,

but that night lives were fractured.

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Many people lost more than one

member of their family, and some

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of those affected were children.

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Katharine Carpenter has been to find

out how they've been coping,

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and about the help that's

available to them.

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There's plenty of pre-Christmas

excitement at the Harrow youth

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club's party, but children

like 11-year-old Charlie sometimes

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struggle to celebrate.

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He had two friends

in Grenfell Tower.

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One escaped, the other didn't.

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I just think about the people

who were lost in the fire and how

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they didn't really deserve it.

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Because some people were quite

young, they had their whole lives

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ahead of them and they all

of a sudden are not there any more.

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Just gone.

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Foremost in his mind, Fatima,

who he sat next to in maths.

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She died with her two sisters,

her parents and grandmother.

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Like other children,

he finds seeing the tower a constant

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reminder of what happened.

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In school, all children just

watching it and everyone was crying,

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because most people,

a whole family

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from our school, died.

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I just talk to my friends and they

are very supportive about it.

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Of course, the young people enjoying

the party inside have got very

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different ways of dealing

with what's happened.

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I spoke to one mum who told me

she initially turned down the offer

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of counselling for her son

because she didn't

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think he needed it.

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It's only now, six months on,

that she's trying to find him

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someone to speak to.

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But like many others,

she wishes the signposts

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as to where to find that help

were much clearer.

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For us who are on a face-to-face

basis with the young people that

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access our services,

and I know they need more support

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and help in what they are

actually going through.

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It seems the focus is only

on the parents, survivors,

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or if you haven't come

from a certain part of Grenfell,

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then you are deemed as maybe second

in line to any services

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and stuff like that.

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But helping this community has been

a huge task for the local NHS Trust.

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It's already seen more than 1800

people since the fire.

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936 adults have been identified

as being in urgent need of treatment

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for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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And 191 children and young

people have been referred

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for mental health treatment.

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More psychologists are

still needed to help.

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I think we are going round,

knocking on doors.

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We are trying to have a presence

in all of the community

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centres we can think of.

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We have been speaking

with other professionals.

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It might be that Tom goes

to their GP and wants access

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to help, so the GP knows how to get

them in touch with services.

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And it's trying to create a network,

I guess, of different support,

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because different people might need

different things at different times.

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For Michael, it's this painting

which brings the rawest emotion.

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It pictures one of the Harrow club

members who died in Grenfell Tower.

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As much as we would like to forget

Grenfell and put a line under it,

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it's never going to happen.

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So we're going to put it up

and have an opening for it and make

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sure his life is celebrated.

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Because we love him.

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Top boy, he really was.

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To other news now, and Boris Johnson

has been called before

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the London Assembly to give evidence

on the failed Garden Bridge project.

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The Assembly has used legal powers

to demand he attends.

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It's the the first time

such measures have been

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used on a former mayor,

and comes after the Foreign

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Secretary declined to speak

to an earlier inquiry.

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A spokesperson for Mr Johnson says

a new hearing would be "pointless".

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Now to a family mystery

going back more than 70 years.

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In 1943, a two-week-old baby boy

was abandoned in a box on the steps

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of the BBC in London.

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Now aged 74, Robin King has spent

most of his life wondering

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who abandoned him, and why.

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He was discovered by a BBC studio

manager, and this week

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the two were reunited.

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Steve Knibbs was there.

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Amazing.

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Incredible.

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You're that baby!

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A reunion 74 years apart,

as Trevor Hill meets the contents

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of a box he discovered outside

the BBC in 1943, that today,

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is 74-year-old Robin King.

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You wouldn't fit

into that little box.

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No, not now.

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In 1943, BBC Broadcasting House had

been bombed, so be overseas service

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was set up in the Peter Robinson

department store on Oxford Street.

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And one morning, as Trevor turned up

for work, he found a box outside.

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So you were wrapped

in a blanket inside the box.

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Did you worry it might be

a bomb or something?

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Exactly, we've pretty sure it was.

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Particularly when it moved slightly,

we thought it was a timer.

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Luckily I wasn't blown up.

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Thankfully, it was just Robin

in the box and aged just two weeks,

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he became a foundling.

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He was named Robin Peters

after the department store

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where he was found and eventually

adopted at the age of four.

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These are my biological parents.

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After decades of searching,

last year, Robin's daughter

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traced his biological parents

to Canada with the help

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of a DNA expert.

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They were Douglas and Agnes Jones.

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He was in the Royal Canadian Air

Force, working at a radio training

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school in South Kensington.

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He met and married Agnes in Glasgow.

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It's a bit of a mystery because it

seems very difficult for him

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or my mother to actually leave a box

in that position at that

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particular time during the war

when there was a lot

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of security worries.

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So that doesn't make sense to me.

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At least today, a few more pieces

of Robin's early life

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have been filled in.

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It's been completely,

for me, a magical day.

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A day that I never thought

would exist and I never,

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ever imagined that I would get

to meet the contents of that box.

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He's still desperate

to know why he was left

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outside the BBC in 1943,

but grateful, of course,

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to have been found by Trevor.

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That's it from me, but let's see how

the weather's looking

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with Tomasz Schafernaker.

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with Tomasz Schafernaker.

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The cold snap is not quite over yet.

It's still pretty chilly out there,

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for example temperatures got up to 6

degrees and to be honest it's not

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going to be any colder or warmer

tomorrow, but one thing you will

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notice, there's going to be more

cloud and it will be quite damp. On

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the face of it it will not feel is

nice. It will feel a bit worse.

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Tonight, temperatures dipping close

to freezing and there might be some

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icy patches first thing in the

morning.

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You can see some showers coming

through. Temperatures around

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freezing, a risk of a little bit of

ice enough here and there. A fair

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amount of cloud tomorrow. The

temperature is still struggling, 6-4

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degrees in High Wycombe. This is

Saturday morning. I really chilly

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start to Saturday, but a beautiful

winter's day, around 6 degrees. The

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best day of the weekend I think is

going to be

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