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First tonight, a historic d`y of commemoration has seen young and
old come together to remembdr what history hopes we will never forget.
Choristers from Cambridge s`ng for Prince Charles and world le`ders
While closer to home, children learned the skills
of war their forebears had to master to head off foreign invaders
veterans at Bayeux Cathedral today, those who could only imagind the
sacrifice stood alongside those who were remembering those who would
fall in. Among them, the choristers from St John's School in Calbridge.
And across the Channel near Kettering, youngsters were being
given a taste of wartime drhlls American troops were stationed here
in the days running up to D`Day And these recruits realise the
significance of the Day that changed the war. It is why great wrhtten is
a free country, because if we didn't win this, then Germany would be ..
Just doing the activities they have set out for us is hard, but they
would have to do it with he`vier guns and more equipment. Ond of
those veterans was born in Northampton. James Peake lidd about
his age to enlist, and landdd at Normandy. But he couldn't travel to
today's commemorations becatse his son`in`law misspelt his namd on his
passport. But today, veterans on both sides of the Channel wdre
united by memories history will never forget.
A protest has taken place in Milton Keynes calling
for changes to council tax and the so`called bedroom t`x.
It's more than a year since new rules on benefits were brought in.
But with a change in power at the local council, protestors
are calling for a better de`l for low income families, worried
A reduction in the number of prison officers at a jail
in Milton Keynes may have ldd to the death of an inmate.
21`year`old Sean Brock commhtted suicide in his cell at
Today the prison governor told the coroner cuts in staff
in the past five years have had a negative impact on inmates.
The coroner will now write to the Secretary of State.
It's promising 1,500 jobs and a ?20 million
A new Center Parcs holiday resort opened in Bedfordshire todax,
but will it give the county the tourist boost it needs?
Our business correspondent Richard Bond reports.
An even bigger splash for Center Parcs.
The swimming complex alone cost ?20 million, the whole of Woburn Forest,
Plenty for the first paying guests to get stuck into today.
Including the Aycock family from Tamworth.
We've been coming to Center Parcs since the early 90s,
so we have been to them all, and we just wanted to come `nd try
There are 625 lodges, a 75`bedroom hotel and a full range
Center Parcs already has fotr holiday villages in England,
It is been ?250 million, two years in construction.
It is going to inject about ?20 million per annum to
As you will know, we have generated 150 jobs 0500
jobs, permanent jobs, and a great news is that 90% of these pdople
Among the workers, Rosemary Oakton, who's just had her second child
I do ten hours a week, within the hours that I need to pick
up my children from nursery, Monday and Friday only.
The hope is Woburn Forest whll beef up tourism in Bedfordshire
The fact is, Bedfordshire h`s an underdeveloped tourist industry.
It has just 7% of the staying visitor market in the East.
That compares with 26% for Norfolk, 21% for Essex.
Well, Bedfordshire does reasonably well from the tourism perspdctive,
but of course, a lot of people pass through the county,
and we need to create reasons for them to stay in the county,
And the Center Parcs development is exactly the right thing
Woburn Forest is expected to draw most of its visitors from
London and the south`east, `nd with that part of the world boomhng,
today's's launch of a major new tourist attraction could be very
Let's look at how much monex our region makes through totrism.
Out in front, no surprise, is Cambridgeshire with ?1.2 billion
a year, boosted by huge numbers of overseas visitors to Cambridge.
Hertfordshire makes ?773 million a year followed by Northamptonshire
Bedfordshire has a much smaller share, making ?317 million.
So will the county be able to catch up with the opening
Earlier I asked Sally Everett, a tourism expert.
There has been some research in the past, and I've reallx looked
at it, looking at, OK, how many times does someone go out
Once, probably about 20 or so percent, twice is quite rare
I think there is real importance to making sure that the visitors and
the tourists who to go to Cdnter Parcs do go out, and I hope that
there will be a lot of job creation, using local suppliers and local food
and the things that they bux in different resources
Villagers have been giving their views about plans for a new
The site at Rookery Pit had been earlarked
for a giant incinerator, but those plans have now been shelved.
Instead a gas`fired power station is planned near the villages of
Marston Moretaine, Stewartbx, Millbrook and Lidlington.
Before we go on this special day of remembrance,
let's go to the weather centre and Dan Holley with the fordcast.
Good evening. Some very heavy downpours in places, but
temperatures not dropping too far. The Met Office do have a yellow
weather warning out for the rain tomorrow. We will have some storms
during the morning on Saturday, and then it comes prior. The risk of
further thunderstorms through the afternoon working their way
northwards, possibly with h`il and gusty winds. It will feel r`ther
humid. Your national forecast coming up, but your outlook back hdre:
improve to some extent. The showers move away and a fresh appeal to
things. Good evening. The good news is,
there will be some decent dry on a sunny moment to come through the
weekend. But over the next 24 hours, the threat of thunderstorms
looms large. The ingredients have been coming together today - warm
air pushing northwards out of Iberia, cooler air from the Atlantic
trying to pushed away. In between the cloud has been building with a
lot of energy in the atmosphere sparking off some nasty
thunderstorms across parts of northern Spain and south-west
France. They will produce most of the rainfall tomorrow. Ahead of it,
the cloud is starting to produce thunderstorms itself. We've seen in
Cornwall. A few sporadic thunderstorms across central and
southern areas and towards Northern Ireland through the