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Events across the region to mark the beginning of the First World War:
It still means a lot. It is important for us to respect it.
Here in Colchester, we recall the role
They couldn't get them all on the wards, they put them in the gym and
on the school floor. The region's ambulance chief is
under fire tonight for what one minister calls
his "obscene" pay package. And drivers are being warned of
diversions on the A11 as engineers Colchester has strong links with the
military, but during the First World War the population was 2000, but
while the soldiers came herd to train the population doubled by
20,000. We will hear about the history of Colchester Garrison and
looking at the vigil. There is, let's have a look at what h`s been
happening across the region. At the memorial in Huntington,
they lined up to lay flowers. More than 200 gathered here,
all ages. I am a childminder so for md
bringing all the children I have, it is important for them to relember
and find out history as well. I think it still means a lot and it
is something we learn about and it is important for us to respdct
the people who lost their lhves It is a very good turnout
for Huntington. I thought there would be half a
dozen people here and the alount of Dozens of flowers laid to m`rk
the outbreak of World War I. And for the 120 people
from Huntington lost their lives Respectfully remembering those
who went to war a century ago. Doctor Marsh is the chief Executive
It is a part of our history. of two ambulance trusts.
It is part of what makes us who we are today.
The three days a week and the West Midlands for
The past as part of our present our own identity, so remembering our two
days. He identity as human beings together,
but then as fellow citizens. earns that's more than the head and
?90,000 more Yesterday, pipers paraded through
Bedford, passed than the Prhme Minister. One local health linister
the final resting place of the 42, killed fighting in the Great War.
At Stadium MK, 100 balloons were released, one for every year since.
It is incredibly important that we remember the sacrifice made it's at
the same time even though hd's doing half
by quite literally millions of people 100 years ago tod`y.
It was the most horrific war that mankind has seen, a job.
and it must never happen ag`in. Over ?9,000 travel costs, ?17,000 a
In Norwich, messages posted for the men and women who didn't cole home.
year to take him by taxi A chance
for people to tell their falily from and even when he is here, hhs hotel
bill story in a city that saw sacrifice.
amounts to We lost over 3000 men in total
from the city, so this is street more for the East of England
Ambulance Service since he `rrived he saved over ?8 million in back
after street, areas of the city like King Street. office and BBC
look East last week he defended look East last week he defended his
pay. We had a real sense of commtnity. My
salary is not set by me, These are men who marched toward
together it is set by others. and often they fell together. I m
absolutely focused and determined... In Cromer, and amongst the flowers,
a group read the names You could turn it down. I'm absolutelx
determined and of those who didn't come hole.
focused to turn this organisation around into being one of
Who fought and died in a war meant to end all w`rs.
focused to turn this organisation around into being one of thd
Who fought and died in a war meant to end all w`rs. best
Ambulance Services being drhven from his home to his base here in the
East of England his home to his base here in the
East of England means Charles Humphrey. that we gdt at
least an extra seven hours ` week out of him and he can deal with a
number of issues around correspondence, e`mails,
Ernest Baxter. wouldn't be `ble to do
George Beck. that if he to his base here in the East of England the
matter is now being I am delighted to say the local MP
is here, Bob Rossall. Part of this vigil here. Tell us about what we
have got here. The whole thhng was We'll be back a little bit later on
looking at the history of the garrison but
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has described the pay of the region s
The Suffolk MP and Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has
described the pay of the region s ambulance boss as "obscene".
It comes after details emerged about the expenses paid to Dr
It comes after details emerged about the expenses paid to Dr Anthony
Anthony Marsh, the chief exdcutive of the East of England Ambulance
Marsh, the chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Sdrvice.
Dr Marsh is the Chief Executive of two ambulance trusts.
The East of England three days a week
Doctor Marsh is the Chief Executive of two ambulance trusts.
Doctor Marsh is the Chief Executive of two ambulance trusts. Thd East of
England three days a week and the West Midlands had two days. He ends
?230,000 a year. That is Dr Marsh is the Chief Executive
of two ambulance trusts. The East
of England three days a week That's more than the head
of the whole of the NHS and ?90 000 One local health minister
is not impressed. It's sending
a very bad message out to albulance staff whose issue is he is being
paid to salaries at the samd time even though he's doing half
the job for each ambulance service. His expenses are also
causing concern. Over ?9000 a year for his r`nge
Rover travel costs, ?17,000 a year to take him by taxi from
Shropshire to Cambridgeshird and even when he is here, his hotel bill
amounts to more than ?7000 ` year. For the East of England ambtlance
service, it says since he arrived he saved over ?8 million in back
office and management costs. Speaking on BBC look East l`st
week he defended his pay. My salary is not set by me,
it is set by others. I'm absolutely focused
and determined... I'm absolutely determined and
focused to turn this organisation around into being one of thd best
ambulance services in our country. Being driven from his home to his
base here in the East of England means that we get at least `n extra
seven hours a week out of hhm and he can deal with a number of issues
around correspondence, e`mahls, meetings,
telephone calls and he wouldn't be able to do that if he was driving
himself across to his base here in the East of England.
The matter is now being looked A man has been jailed
for three years after the Peterborough theatre companx he was
running lost ?1 million while he was Paul Coxwell's company reopdned
the Broadway Theatre in 2010 after a huge fire at the venue but it
closed just five months latdr after Louise Hubball was in court
for today's hearing. when he spoke in court, it hs barely
more than a whisper and he had from our TV cameras when he arrived. The
timings of this relate to the massive fire at the Broadwax Theatre
in 2009. He had just finishdd a prison sentence for fraud and was
disqualified from being a company director. But he changed his name
and went on to set up three more companies, essentially with the aim
of reopening the theatre. That finally happened in 2011, btt with a
financial disaster and it closed a few months later. Sentencing him,
the judge told him, you havd no effective financial control over
money. The immediate impact of the closure was that 30 people lost
their jobs, the public were left out of pocket and queueing on the
streets outside the theatre. There were government lawyers in court
today and they told me that this is an important case.
A lot of people lost a conshderable amount of money, over ?1 million.
The local council and the t`xpayer who lost a considerable amotnt of
Paul Coxwell will begin at that prison sentence of more than three
years tonight. Louise, thank you very much indeed.
A young woman pulled from a lake in Milton Keynes last week has died.
The emergency services were called to the Blue Lagoon in
The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was airlifted to
It's the second death at thd site in a fortnight.
Two teenage boys have also drowned in separate incidents near Luton and
Peterborough is already the fastest`growing city in England
but it's predicted to still be in that top spot in ten years time.
Its population is growing bx around 1.6% a year,
The city has had the second highest rise in private sector jobs
and employment, house`buildhng and house prices are all up more
So how is the city managing to thrive
A bird's eye view of Peterborough's latest multi`million pound
A new stand for Peterborough United ground
and a new skill centre to hdlp train people for the years `head.
We, as a city, have got to give everybody the opportunity, perfectly
those people who are young or are unemployed, to retrain into a more
modern world using a more modern technology and to be in a dhfferent
sector, so the skills centrd will help some people do th`t.
But it's not the only development. On the outskirts Gateway
is becoming home to a number of businesses using the citx's
At 240 acres, the logistics part here is one
It's got its own electricitx substation, enough to power
a small town, because they think a lot of the businesses here will be
to do with chilled food production, food produced in the Fens, `nd
The parcel delivery company had taken another five acres.
It is those market leading companies making that investment,
those are the kinds of people we are speaking to and the bushnesses
we are expecting to take th`t proactive step in to this location.
But while there is developmdnt in the city, more needs to be done.
What we need to do is develop the businesses even more strongly and
attract new companies in and we re getting interest, not just national
companies, but from international companies, so that really bodes well
for Peterborough's economy and the prosperity
The council hopes the skills centre will be fhnished
by the end of the year to hdlp train a workforce for the city's future.
Chris and Gabby Adcock, the first husband and wife badminton pair to
win a Commonwealth gold med`l, returned to Milton Keynes today
Gabby Adcock finished as the tournament's most successful
player, adding to her silver in the team event and bronzd
But we continue now with our commemorations
Welcome back. We have come hnto the castle gardens. Until 1934 there was
an old tank year, before it was taken away. They have made for this
year a tank hours of flowers. 1 ,000 flowers. This was a tank whhch was
using the First World War. They bought that would help to end the
war quickly. `` thought. Let's continue our coverage now
of the centenary of the outbreak The story of the English at war has
involved the garrison town And on 4th August 1914 the town was
galvanised into action to mdet They still enjoy a game of tennis
at the Colchester officers club but 100 summers ago, a dist`nt
bugle call heralded a sudden end to the officers' afternoon tea party
and a prelude to the Great War. In a weeks to come where chhldren
play in Abbeyfield, tens of thousands of men will be tr`ined to
join the kitcheners voluntedr army. They may never have seen a gun
in their lives. They certainly never
learned to drill. Andrew Phillips brings
history to life. Colchester, he says,
wasn't just another garrison town. Its role
in the Great War was critic`l. It was a head of the Eastern
command. It had good rail links with London,
with the East Coast. It was close to the continent,
so that not only could you ship troops out but you brought loads
of wounded in. First in ones and twos, eventually
a train load of wounded soldiers. And train loads more recruits will
arrive to be fed into the Great War In the end, Colchester was handling
tens of thousands of wounded over this period. The artillery were
based year, the cavalry werd based here. Small businesses are based in
converted army barracks. We are keen to keep the feel of the arthllery
barracks as it was, and you can see these columns. Each one indhcating a
large horse. Do you still gdt a sense of the feel of the buhlding?
Everyday. You feel what it lust have been like the war. Colchestdr is now
home to 16 brigades. 3000 troops, compared up to 40,100 years ago The
town is a focus to show respect for the fallen. `` 40,000, 100 xears
ago. They burst through the police cordon and rushed towards us
memorial. They need closure. They needed to touch that war melorial
because we know the gravestones lined Flanders but they don't line
Colchester. There is a visu`l starting here at 7pm to mark the
centenary of the great War `nd there are lots of people here alrdady
waiting to come. Lots of people coming with photographs. Let's talk
to the commander of the Colchester Garrison. What does this me`n to you
as a modern soldier? It is hmportant to mark what was a no significant
commitment by men, women and children in Colchester for the great
War. To be part of that as ` commemoration is special. W`rfare
was different then but from time to time men from Colchester wotld be in
similar situations, hiding hn dangerous positions. That is right.
Despite the changes since the First World War, technological ch`nges,
there are engineering qualities for example Basic soldering, cotrage and
commitment in the face of the enemy are no difference. Operations in
Iraq and Afghanistan are thd same as 100 years ago. We heard the
reference the fact that the soldiers who died in the First World War are
not buried here. How import`nt is that two soldiers? The scald of the
First World War was clearly why that had to happen. You will see in
modern complex men and women being flown back. It is important today
that fact is accepted. To m`rk the occasion today, what does it mean
for them? A significant amotnt. We are all comrades in arms, whether
you are in the Army in 2014, whether you were in the Army in 1914.
There's a common bond betwedn soldiers because despite thd
technology, warfare is an a business which involves warfare. Colchester
has made a significant contribution to all of them. The people have
turned out to support you. @nother engineering quality is not only the
nature of warfare, but also the importance of the home front. They
played a significant role dtring World War II one. It also played an
important role recently `` World War I. Thank you for being with us this
evening. We hope your men s`ve where they are. This isn't the only place
where there are events this evening. Ben Bland is indeed beta brdath
There has been a whole day of events. `` is in Peterborough. There
is a converted fish and chip van as part of the occasion. One of the
highlights is a big meal whhch will happen in the tent behind md. People
whose relatives died in the war had been invited to attend. One is
Janet. Tell me who you are remembering. I am commemorating my
uncle Harry he was killed in the Somme in 1916. He was aged 27 and
this is his memory card. Thhs is one of the beautiful postcards he sent
his sister, my grandmother, saying happy Christmas. They are precious
mementos and have been admired by my grandson who is learning about the
First World War. Have a really enjoyable evening. Everyone who has
attended has been asked to bring photos of their relatives. One of
the other big highlights will be the big lights out events here hn Peter
breath. The cathedral will be marking that. `` Peterborough.
I'm delighted to say Stephen Cotterell is here. Across your
dioceses yet had ceremonies to mark the 100 years? I don't think there
is a church in Essex where there is not something like this happening.
It has been moving to see how many people want to see how many people
wanted him, just to stop and remember. People will say what does
the church have to do with war. What does it have to do with war?
Nothing. It has a lot to do with peace. The reason we are relembering
is the horrors of war. If you look at any memorial there are htndreds
of names etched into it. We are remembering the sacrifice of those
young men who were cut down in their prime. Our intentions are primarily
pastoral. We provide a spacd where people can bring their sorrows and
Hertz, their confusions and anger at all of this. `` hurt. Do yot ever
wonder why this happens? Thd God I believe in doesn't start thdse
things. I'm afraid warfare begins in the human heart and it is God who
ministers that. The role of the Church in all of this is to support
those who are caught up in war and witness to a better way, thdir way
up please. There would have been before the war all of those young
men going after two war frightened and the church would have bden
praying over them. The same thing when I been happening on thd other
side. Its word. The church hs not on any side. Our role is pastoral. It
is to speak out against the injustices of the world, to speak
out against the horrors of war, but to support those caught up hn it. We
have heard in recent months of clerics in this region who went off
to war and killed in war. Yds. The church does believe there is such
thing as a just war and just cause. There are sometimes last resort
where we have to fight. Thex should be a last resort. It is hard with
the retrospect of 100 years. It is hard to see how the First World
War... When the war ended wd were still on the same patch of ground it
happened on. It was a tragedy. The war to end all wars didn't. People
bought, believing what they were doing was right, fighting for their
country `` fought. Sometimes religion is at the heart of wars.
How does that make you feel? Religion is a use for banner. War
starts in the human hearts. People use all sorts of things as `
rallying cry to gather people to their cause. But the role of
religion has always been to bring peace. And the turnout is a
phenomenal tonight? It is. Today is not a date to discuss the politics.
It is a day to remember those lives are lost and is a really important
instinct to say, let's remelber Bishop, thank you. Let's catch up
with the weather. We have changes this week. Lots of sunshine across
the region this morning. Yot can see the cloud developing through the
day. One to isolated showers but most places end on a drying out Any
showers will quickly fade away and we are with a lot of dry we`ther and
after midnight it will be l`rgely dry. One or two showers and mist
patches, and the winds light tonight. Quite a chilly night, 0
degrees. Comfortable sleeping. Lots of sunshine tomorrow. Like today, we
will get some patches of cloud developing. I can't rule out one or
two showers. The east should stay dry and in the sunshine, fedling
warm, 25 degrees. That south`westerly breeze will tend to
pick up as we head through the afternoon. Changes will happen on
Wednesday. Some heavy rain spreading northwards. It could be quite a wet
morning. That should clear northwards, so by Wednesday
afternoon something a bit brighter. The risk of a shower but a breezy
day as well. By Thursday all this bad weather has pulled away. So
Thursday will be a much better day. Many places staying dry, but the
risk of one or two showers. As we go into Friday and the weekend, a lot
of uncertainty but a risk of wet weather. Some rain showers `t time,
not all the time. There will be some sunshine in the week but do prepare
for wet weather. So the outlook is heavy rain on Wednesday, showers in
the afternoon. Thursday is lainly dry with one or two showers. An
increasing risk of wet weather on Friday and Friday night. Sttart
Dan, thank you. There is a very dark cloud of others. A World War I
producer, Sean Peel, is herd. This is not the end, is it? Know,
everybody is being invited to switch off their lights and burn one candle
countdown to the declaration of war countdown to the declaration of war
by Sir Edward Grey, the Fordign Secretary, who said in his private
moments that the lambs are going out across Europe and will never be let
again. `` lamps. We are being asked to light a candle and switch the
lights of. There are also lots of events across the region. I will be
at the Norwich War Memorial. They are also switching off stredtlights?
Yes. That is it from us in Colchester. The vigil is about to
begin, but from us, good night.