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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.


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