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And the remarkable story of the pacifist who served

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Determined not to fight but determined to help.

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Two men appear in court acctsed of perverting the course

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of justice over the death of a worker on a farm.

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And expansion plans at Southend Airport.

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The target, five million passengers a year, by the end of the ddcade.

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70 years ago today the Allidd invasion of Europe began

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Special events have been taking place across the region tod`y to

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70 years ago today the Allidd invasion of Europe began

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by landing thousands of soldiers on the beaches of Normandy.

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It is promising 1,500 jobs and a boost to the local economy

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A new Center Parcs holiday resort has opened in Bedfordshire with the

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In total, the centre will cater for around

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The numbers certainly look impressive, but will it givd the

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Let's go live there now to our Business Correspondent.

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And an even bigger splash for Center Parcs.

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The swimming complex alone cost ?20 million.

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The swimming complex alone cost ?28 million.

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Plenty for the first paying guests to get stuck into today.

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We have been coming to Centdr Parcs since the early 1990s.

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We wanted to try the new facilities here.

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There is a 75 bedroom hotel, and a full range of indoor

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Center Parcs already has fotr holiday villages in England.

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This is a massive project. ?250 million. Two years of construction.

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It will inject ?20 million dvery year into the local economy. We have

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generated thousands of perm`nent jobs. 90% of our employees live

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within 15 miles of the site. It is brilliant. They are letting me work

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as many hours as I need and I can fit in my childcare. Bedfordshire

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has an underdeveloped to list injury `` tourist industry. Just 7$ of the

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tourism market in our region. Many people pass through Bedfordshire and

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we need to create reasons for them to stay in the county, stay longer

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and spend more money. The cdntre parks development is exactlx the

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right thing for this area. They are expecting to draw most of their

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visitors from London and thd south`east. With that part of the

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country booming, this could be very well timed.

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Let's look at how much monex our region makes through totrism.

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Out in front is Cambridgeshhre with ?1.2 billion a year,

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boosted by huge numbers of overseas visitors to Cambridge.

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Hertfordshire makes 773 million a year.

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Followed by Northamptonshird at 588 million.

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Bedfordshire has a much smaller share of the market,

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Earlier, I spoke to Sally Everett, a tourism expert, and asked her how

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much of a boost Center Parcs will really give to Bedfordshire?

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I think where Bedfordshire has perhaps fallen down,

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as opposed to other regions, it hasn?t had a unique sellhng

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So I think Center Parcs shotld attract a lot more jobs to the area,

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and the multiply effect that tourism creates.

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So people will come into the region itself.

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They tend to be quite isolated units.

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Is it really going to filter out into benefits in the local dconomy?

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There has been some research in the past.

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How many times does someone go out of that isolated arena?

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It is important to ensure that the visitors that come to

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Use local suppliers and buy different resources

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You cannot force a big organisation like Center Parcs to buy local.

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You cannot, but the signs are good in terms of what they have done

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They have a commitment to sourcing local food.

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We would hope that they would have engagement with the local f`rmers

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markets and producers, so they could showcase food in their

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restaurants and encourage pdople to go out and buy it for themsdlves,

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A protest has taken place in Milton Keynes,

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calling for changes to council tax and the so`called bedroom t`x.

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It is more than a year sincd new rules on benefits were brought in.

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But with a change in power at the local council,

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protestors are calling for ` better deal for low income families.

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This woman says she doesn't have much spare time, but for how this

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protest is personal. She is a to her disabled brother and used to be

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exempt from paying council tax. But changes to that and housing benefit

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meant she lost ?25 a week. To help her, the council covers the

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shortfall. That is discretionary and reviewed each year. If that stops, I

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will have to be council tax. I will get into arrears. If they evict me,

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it means myself and my brother and my grandchildren will be holeless.

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Either that, or pay it, and don t eat. Changes to housing bendfit and

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welfare are decisions for the national government. The co`lition

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says savings must be made. Counsellors here have no power over

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that. But no Labour are running the council, protesters are tryhng to

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put pressure on the new leader to make some changes. Last year, the

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pass a motion that no one would be evicted due to changes in bdnefits.

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We are now asking them to honour that. But the protesters sax the

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protesters have misunderstood. It would be the wrong thing to do to

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allow people to go into debt. We need to differentiate betwedn can't

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pay and won't pay. There were protests when the changes wdre first

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introduced. One year on, thd protests continue.

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Five babies in the region are still recovering

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after they developed blood poisoning from a suspected contaminatdd drip.

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The babies at Addenbrooke?s, the Luton and Dunstable

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and Peterborough City Hospitals are all said to be in a stable condition

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A reduction in the number of prison officers at a jail in Milton Keynes

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may have led to the death of an inmate.

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21 year old Sean Brock commhtted suicide in his cell at Woodhill

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Prison last November. Today the prison governor told the Coronor

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cuts in staff in the past fhve years has had a negative impact on

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inmates. The coroner will now write to the Secretary of State.

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Infertility clinics in the region are reporting

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a rise in the number of samd sex couples wanting to have a b`by.

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The Bourn Hall Clinic ` which has just opened

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a new centre in Peterborough ` says demand is up by a third.

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In the last five years, the number of single sex couples seeking help

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Robin and Billy are now 15`months`old.

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Their mothers decided to st`rt a family

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I suppose, years ago, it was not the norm people would say.

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Now it is out in the open, I think more people will go for it.

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A lot of people would say, if you are in the same sex

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relationship you will not h`ve family and you will miss out.

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At this new centre in Peterborough, they say changes

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in lifestyle mean that more same`sex couples are seeking their hdlp.

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They form their relationships much yotnger and

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therefore family is much up more on the agenda than it was a generation

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Civil partnership has also `ssisted in terms

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of formalising those relationships and liberating treatment services

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For both partners to be leg`l parents, they need to have

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the relationship legally recognised and conceive at a licensed clinic.

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The sperm donor?s details are recorded.

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The child can have them when they turn 18.

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I would always say it is better to get it sorted out properly, simply,

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sign the right paperwork and then you can move forwards happily.

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Becoming a parent doesn't come cheap.

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It is not available for same`sex couples on the NHS

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But for Sophie Greenwood who carried the twins,

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The couple have no plans for more children, saying

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Questions have been raised over the decision to arrest the parents of an

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The couple from King's Lynn have been accused by police

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The association representing directors of council`run chhldren's

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services says the police should not be involved because action should

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Villagers have been giving their views about plans for a new power

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station in Bedfordshire. Thd site had been earmarked for a gi`nt

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incinerator. Those plans have now been shelved. Instead, 150

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construction jobs and 15 full`time jobs will be created with a new

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power station. First back to Stewart with lore

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on this memorable day. Still to come, how the codebreakers

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misled the Germans about whdre the attack would be.

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But first the remarkable story of a man who served on

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the beaches of Normandy but refused to fight or even carry a gun.

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David Briggs had a strong Christian faith.

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He was one of 60,000 people in Britain who refused to fhght `

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But as a medic in the army, he chose to be in the teeth of the b`ttle.

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Alex Dunlop has been to meet him at home in Bedford.

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David Briggs is your quintessential gentleman. Now 96, the formdr

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schoolmaster recounts how at 16 he decided he could never go to war. I

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said, this isn't right, whatever the answer is, war isn't the answer I

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felt that the enemy wasn't really her killer, the enemy was w`r

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itself. Yet David did go to war as an Army medic. I wanted to save

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life, for me the medical corps was the answer. I didn't want to be

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thought a coward and to be ` coward, it was against the grain with me.

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But I must be a part of it. So in June that in 44 with this armband is

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only means of defence, David approached the beaches of Normandy.

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The first thing I saw was the dead body of a Canadian, lying in the

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sea. You were under fire copy had no gun, you must have felt verx

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vulnerable. It sounds silly, but the whole thing was so I'm real, in a

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way, we didn't have time to think `` unreal. How do you square away that

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non`resistance with all the thousands of Christians who went and

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bought and died, fighting what they thought was against evil? I find

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this very difficult. This is what my friend Frank and I were constantly

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talking of. David's best frhend Frank was an Army 's soldier, this

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wartime letter is from him. I admire your actions immensely though I

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don't agree with your views. In a wide sense, of course, I thhnk you

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are right. I hate and detest war. He felt that it was right and H felt it

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was wrong. There is no bridge between those two convictions,

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really. Anyway, I trust we shall soon have an end of the whole

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horrible business. And what appealed they will be us to work in.

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Tragically, that would never happen. Frank was killed in Normandx in

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1944. His faith and his wifd Mary kept David Strong but he won't

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forget the monkey told his son that he refused to carry a gun. He took

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me aside and said, you know what happens to people who disobdy

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orders, don't you? And that was the end of the conversation. Wh`t you

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think thinking meant by that? To be frank, I thought I would be shot for

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not agreeing to carry a gun. Mercifully, that order was

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overwritten next day. David received his long service medals but

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conscientious objectors werdn't decorated nor could they rise

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through the ranks. Young corporal Briggs put himself in harm 's way

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but he says, you put his conscience first.

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10,000 soldiers were killed on the beaches but it could have bden so

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much worse. British intelligence managed to

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persuade the Nazis that the invasion could come at Calais

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and not in Normandy. But how did the Allies know that

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the Germans had taken the b`it? Because Bletchley Park

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in Buckinghamshire was decrxpting It was in these humble little huts

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that the codebreakers of Bldtchley Park decrypted, translated `nd

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sorted messages. Some of thd information gleaned help st`ff plot

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the movement of enemy shipphng as well as allied forces in thd English

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Channel in the run`up to D`Day. It was very exciting, of coursd, we

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knew about all the Mulberrys row and the bits of harbour, of course the

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German E boats, they would be a great deal of trouble to us. There

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was a tremendous amount of `ctivity going on. There was so much work

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that sometimes you couldn't go home at the end and there was quhte a bit

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of pressure. We felt very responsible because we did feel that

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if we didn't keep things up`to`date, it could even mdan

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people being killed. To givd that landing on the beaches of Normandy

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the best possible chance, D`Day decoy operation had been pl`nned.

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Double agent codenamed Garbo was one of a network of spies feeding the

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Germans force information. That the invasion would be at Calais. We were

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intercepting the German translations and bankrupting them, could see

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whether they had followed the bait we had given them. The mess`ges

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behind this tell us about the fact that the elaborate decoy was huge in

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D`Day success, Bletchley Park allowed to British intelligdnce to

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monitor what was being said so the lies and false information was being

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believed. It kept the Germans sitting in Calais up until @ugust,

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when we attacked them there. They were still waiting for the hnvasion

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across the sea that never h`ppened. Such was the secrecy at Bletchley

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that even when the end came, it was another 30 years before Jean and her

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colleagues were able to tell their families exactly what they did in

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the war. Colbourne is from the Imperial War Museum. We havd heard a

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lot about the beaches and the soldiers on the beaches but this

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region was important for thd part it played from airbases. It certainly

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was. Cases like Duxford, if you imagine the carpet of airfidlds all

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around East Anglia, they had a huge role to play in this operathon. That

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is beforehand in terms of softening up the German air force, ensuring

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that when they looked up, it was one of theirs, doing work behind the

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beach as well. Duxford's pilots did a lot of work attacking marshalling

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yards, targets behind the areas to ensure the Germans couldn't

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reinforce those areas. And of course bombing and attacking areas in the

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paddock. `` in Calais. I max get a lot of veterans coming to you at the

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Imperial War Mrs. Today is hmportant for all of them. It certainly is. It

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is privilege to meet these guys We have met veterans from Amerhca, from

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the UK, they are all getting old now, a lot of people said on the 60s

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anniversary that it was one of the last times they would assemble in

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large numbers but I wouldn't bet against them being there for the

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80th! There are some strong characters they're! They make doing

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this job a real pledge. Do xou think we will carry on remembering when

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those old soldiers are gone or do you think it will become solething

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as part of history and we w`nt market in the way we have done

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today? I hope that doesn't happen, I hope we do continue to remelber it,

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if you think of our region particularly, the legacy thdse guys

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left behind, those historic airfields, all around, the lemorials

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to their sacrifice. All of these places, D`Day marks a huge turning

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point in the war. This country is still very interested in thd Second

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World War, and I genuinely see that continuing. Thank you.

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You've probably heard of or seen the 1952 film

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Singin? In The Rain ` an Amdrican musical comedy starring Gend Kelly,

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It's the story of showbiz Hollywood in the 1920s, when silent movies

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finally found their voice. @ film often described as one of the best

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ever musicals. Now Singin' Hn The Rain has been brought to thd Theatre

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Royal in Norwich, more than 60 years after the film came out. Thdy have

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been many productions of Singin In The Rain about this one in

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particular, I feel, the production values are so high, it's be`utiful

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to look at. It has everything from the film plus a couple of extra

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songs that weren't in the fhlm originally. The show has kept the

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comedy, the glamour and recreated Gene Kelly's iconic song and dance

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scene and the man who has to fill his shoes is James Lisa. It's a

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unique situation, I have never danced in the rain before, to give

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the audience involved, it's wonderful. It's from Reeva lost

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physically challenging show I have done. They have a special stage they

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have brought in. Underneath is a tank full of water, the writers up

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and can drain off, because ht's not just a shower but 12,000 litres of

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water they will be dancing hn. We have three water tanks in total We

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feel to it for times before it goes on stage and gets to the cast. To be

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nice to be cast in the colddr months, we do hate the rain to 0

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degrees. `` hate the rain. This is what he has to perform in, `nd when

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he is dancing and singing in the rain, if you are in the front few

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rows, you're guaranteed to get a bit wet.

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Just time for some of your stories about D`Day. A nice one frol Douglas

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Smith called near Lowestoft, he flew a Halifax in the days during the

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run`up to D`Day to soften up the German positions, he says, there are

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not many of us left. Brian from the Chelmsford regimental Assochation

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wants us to mention Albert Wilson who was 90 in March and topped

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capture Pegasus Bridge. And he not from Rosemary who says, my dad

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Frederik Piper was in the Royal Navy during World War II, he was

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transferring soldiers from the ships to the beach and the family filmed

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him back there. He has now sadly died but she says, I only rdalised

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today the first time what a very special film we have which we can

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show our grandchildren. Thank you to everybody. Time for the weather

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Lots of sunshine across the region, that heat and humidity will

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eventually bring thunderstorms as we head into tomorrow. It doesn't even

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out there, lots of sunshine to end the day, and try initially. Later,

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the risk of some storms comhng up. Further east, staying dry at least

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at this stage. As you can sde, quite a mucky night. But tomorrow, it s

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all about this one, humid ahr coming up from Spain and France,

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interacting with this cold front. It will bring * of some thunderstorms.

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It looks like we will see some storms across the morning, then the

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region focuses to the West. The Met office have a yellow warning out for

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that for the risk of some sdvere thunderstorms. The potential for

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some large hail and gusty whnds Through the course of tomorrow, we

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will see areas of thunderstorms working their way northwards. Some

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uncertainty as to how far e`st they will tend to be. They will clear

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northwards, there will be a dry spell late morning with a spell of

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hazy sunshine and then the real risk of some nasty storms as we head

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through the afternoon and into the evening. Some of those could have

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some large hail and gusty whnds Temperatures will be variable,

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getting up to maybe 25 degrdes. Where you are underneath those

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storms, they could be lower and cooler along the coast. Into

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tomorrow, the showers and storms clear, a fine end to the dax. Then

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things to quieten down for Sunday. Much of the day will be dry across

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the bulk of the region, the risk of one or two showers. Has begtn

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through Sunday night into Monday, more thundery weather across the

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region, particularly the East. A lot of uncertainty about the tiling of

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it. The outlook doesn't thundery at times but some dry weather to be

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had, especially on Sunday. Ht could linger into Monday night as well. At

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this stage, Tuesday licking mainly dry.

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A word about the Sunday polhtics this weekend. They may not have done

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it in you work but the UKIP caused an earthquake a couple of wdeks ago,

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but many of our town halls they are having to deal with the fallout We

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are looking at the inch stick alliances which have sprung up, but

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are they good for democracy? And Charles Clarke tells what hd thinks

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about UKIP and why it's important that all politicians to work more

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closely together. The average person moves home

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we have to move the sofa. Eight times

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that's easy to do when you move - you can switch your TV licence

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