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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Parents criticise teachers plans to go on strike and empty classrooms
across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
It is ridiculous. I have to plan something at the last moment.
Captured on camera - the police car the one cyclist says could have
seriously injured him. I would have hit her. I was less than one yard
behind. It is the end of an era as the
Nimrod makes his final flight. And we see how industrial disputes had
they began packed on life on the docks.
And a better day to come tomorrow. All the latest on the five-day
forecast in a few minutes. Good evening. Ridiculous and
disrupted. Parents of schoolchildren in her area have
condemned Thursday's plan strike action by teachers. It is still
unclear if the strikes will still go ahead or which schools will be
affected. But despite a direct appeal from the Prime Minister this
afternoon, the strike appears to be still on.
The strikes could begin in a little over 36 hours, at least that is if
they go ahead. And this huge uncertainty is causing more concern
amongst parents. It is ridiculous. I have to plan something at the
last moment. Do you think many of them will be able to make last-
minute arrangements? I do not think so. Minus 16, but a lot of parents
are going to be stuck. So here are the total number of schools across
there a real that have so far notified their local council of
school closure on Thursday. There will be 20 out of 97 in Hull. 26
side of a hundred and 62 in the East Riding. Four out of 51 in
North Lincolnshire. Under Lincolnshire, 21 schools out of 323
have so far chosen to close. Other schools are partially closed which
means always certain classes will be disrupted. And some schools may
not given notice of the closure before Thursday. You can keep up-
to-date by contacting your school were checking your local authority
website. Teachers a strike in over changes
to their pension schemes but parents attending a school function
in Hull this morning were not sympathetic. They are not losing
their jobs. They are not losing their pay. All they are being asked
is to pay for their old age which everybody has to do. I do not think
I have a great deal of sympathy for any of these people who are on
strike. Yes, I agree behind the reason behind it but not the action
is such. It disrupts a lot of lives. 30th June was very carefully chosen
because that is the GCSE and exams. In the primary schools, it is
before the end of term celebrations. If the strike goes ahead, the
extent of the disruption will become clearer tomorrow. Though
many pupils and parents will feel they are caught in the middle of a
fight they do not pick. Joining me now is Brian Swinton
from the National Union of Teachers in East Riding. Good evening.
Teachers are unhappy about their pensions and having to work longer.
Why do they think they are a special case? We are not asking to
be a special case. We are asking that the Government investigate.
Even though many parents will be inconvenienced, any it -- many will
incur extra child costs, you will go ahead? We need to go with head
with the strike. We think this is a catastrophic attempt to damage
schools. Loss of responses coming in. If parents take children out of
school, they are accused of wrecking their education. But
teachers can just down tools. was a Royal Wedding recently and a
lot of school closed for one day because of that. I do not hear any
complaints about that. You will not get much sympathy from many people.
Lots of companies are now announcing redundancies. I take
empathise with anybody who loses their job, anyone put under any
kind of threat of employment, losing your job is dreadful. White
to teachers not want to work a few years longer? Everyone else will
have to. To put it in a nutshell, do you want all people teaching
your children. That is what we are heading for. That is why you seek,
but people always going to the teaching session -- profession.
his - might not always. What are some parent makes any kind of
mistake can a child has harmed? Do we really want unqualified and very
well-meaning world -- meaning people going into schools? That is
a No. What kind of situation is that? Are you expecting a big
crowd? If you look ahead teachers' salaries you will find she is less
than quite a lot of head teachers. Very good to see. Thank you - work
thank you for coming in. Perhaps you are a teacher yourself. Maybe
you are a parent or a business worrying about what you will do.
Your thoughts, if you want to, get I look forward to hearing from you.
In a moment: The local companies making big money from contracts for
next year's Olympics. An East Yorkshire cyclist has
captured on film and the moment that a police car appears to cut in
front of them. Paul Brown from Brough claims he is lucky he was
not it by the vehicle which overtook him as he approached a
junction. He is one of a number -- growing number of cyclists buying
cameras to attach to their helmets. As you can see, this police car
decides to take -- over take me. This is footage authority recorded
on his video camera. I had to break straight away as soon as I worked
out she was going to cut across me. I had to brake sharply and move my
front wheel out. Mr Brown was returning from a cycle ride on
Saturday when it happened. He got a mini camera just two months ago
after he was involved in a serious accident. About two months ago I
was knocked off my bike by a motorist. So I bought a camera up
to make myself more say in future. Our growing number of cyclistss are
now equipping themselves with many cameras. They want to make sure
that in an event of an accident, they can show exactly what happened.
In London, some cyclists have prosecuted motorists with footage
they have taken. Now that trend is coming here. The trend has spread.
People feel more confident riding a cycle. With litigation, it is one
more thing that people can use as evidence. Humberside Police said it
is not possible to comment on this incident on the nature of the
driving involved. Without seeing the footage and until a complaint
has been made. Meanwhile, Mr Brown recommends all cyclists get a
camera to make sure dangerous step driving is highlighted and stopped.
Thank you. This is another one that you might have review 1. Maybe you
have your own story to tell. If you want to get in touch with us, here
are the details: Some more news tonight, the parents of a soldier
from Bridlington who was killed in action last year have been to
Buckingham Palace to receive a medal from the Queen on his back
have. 23-year-old Corporal Matthew
Stenton died in Afghanistan last of his try to rescue another soldier.
He was awarded a posthumous Military Cross.
Controversial plans to build a wind barmiest DEC Ness are being
examined a day public inquiry. East Lindsey District Council refused
permission for the six turbines last year. The company behind the
application is appealing. The Government inspector will decide
whether the wind farm will go ahead. The inquiry will expect the last
one week. Wheat have the unique airier and that people used to come
to. Putting the wind farm in the middle of it is not the best thing
to be doing. There is a well for women need for Global Energy. We
believe this is a good place for are a wind farm. We have done a lot
of surveys which supporter case. Two shops in Boston have been
banned from selling alcohol after being caught with fake what car on
their shells. Bottle labelled as what cover for Atif contain a
solvent. Boston Deli has had its licence suspended an international
fits have had their licences revoked permanently.
Today in the Nimord R1 spyplane has landed at RAF Waddington for the
final time. It has reached the end of its working life. But some
critics fear the lack of a replacement will leave a hole in
the RAF's capabilities. A final flight past foreign
academic aircraft. And the final fare well to Waddington, its home.
A touch of sadness but they sense a great pride in what has been a
fantastic service since 1995. a fitting way to say farewell.
is very sad. I enjoyed it all. Pretty sad. It has been a great
workhorse. You can tell by its design that the Nimrod is a
throwback to the 50s and 60s. It was based on the first commercial
airliner. Since it was introduced by the RAF in 19 Sunday for, it has
been involved in every conflict. This one has just returned back
from Libya. Originally it was designed for her strategic
intelligence collection. In recent years, we have become more of a
tactical platform. We have been delivering that intelligence
picture in real time and helping them make the battlefield decisions.
The Nimrod had a different role. This was supposed be replaced by
the new Nimrod, but they were controversially scrapped in
Government cutbacks while they were still being built. The lack of
replacement for they are one has led to concerns there is now a gap
in the RAF's capabilities. The fact is that this capability that we had
with the Nimrod is totally irreplaceable in one sense and we
have a shortage now. Today, the chief of the Air Staff was staying
positive. It dents our depth of her capability. That is what this is.
We can still do the emissions we need to do. This was an efficient
way of doing it. We will have to use other methods now. After 37
years of service, this is the last time for the Nimrod will take to
the skies for the RAF. Another historic aircraft disappearing into
the history books. Some great pictures there. What
happens to those who worked on the Nimrod? Well, work is under way on
a replacement for the Nimrod. It is called the blowing of a joint
aircraft. It is only in service in America but many are staff are
working on the state's learning how to operate it. It will not be until
2014 that the new aircraft will be flying in and out of Waddington on
RAF duties. I do know that many people living Waddington tonight
know that their days of working on the Nimrod are over. They are
tinged with sadness. It is for them the end of an era. Thank you very
much. The time is 6:18pm. -- 18 minutes to seven o'clock. Tonight:
Problems on the picket-lines. And the youngsters joining together to
try and break musical records. More on that in a moment. If you
have a picture you are padded -- proud of, do send it in. This photo
is of the sunrise in Bridlington, Paul Hudson is here with the
weather. I have had an e-mail from Bill, saying, but then forecast --
within minutes of forecasting under, on a Twitter, he had a Spitting
headache. -- splitting headache. An improving Headline, tomorrow is
a better day with sunny spells and a few scattered showers around but
nothing like the thunder storms we had across eastern areas today. A
ridge of high pressure is trying to get in from the south west. A few
showers today and tomorrow. The weekend looks promising, find with
sunshine. You can see this cloud which gave a lot of rain and
thunderstorms in Norfolk, East Lincolnshire, moving up. They have
now quickly moved into the North Sea. A fairly quiet evening and
night, quite a lot of cloud at first. The cloud should break up
from the west, lowest temperatures tonight, down to nine Celsius. The
Sunday rises at 4:34am tomorrow. Here are the times.
Any overnight cloud will quickly break up. Some did she spells of
sunshine will come through. The cloud will bubble up with the risk
of scattered showers. Quite a few places tomorrow will stay dry. Let
us look at those top temperatures. The breeze coming from the west.
Similar on Thursday with Friday and Saturday looking mostly fine but
sunshine. Follow me on a Twitter. Businesses in East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire say the 2012 Olympics have helped safeguard thousands of
jobs. Many companies from this area have been involved in building the
Olympic Park in London. So far, it's brought millions of pounds
into the local economy. Our reporter Leanne Brown is among some
of the first journalists who have been inside the Olympic Park, and
is there for us now. What type of companies have been involved in
this massive development? You can see the Olympic Stadium. Lots of
different companies from our area have been involved in building this,
firms in East Yorkshire provided things like it -- like air
conditioning, fire alarms. In Lincolnshire, timber, concrete
pipelines. Even the metal fastenings for the plastic seats in
the stadium. I went on a tour of the stadium earlier today would
some of those local businesses. Jonathan Edwards was it with us as
well and he said to me, it is not just about London, and that
certainly seems to ring true when you look at the amount of companies
involved. It is an iconic building in itself, this firm specialises in
safety equipment, supplying 22,000 different products. When they knew
the Olympics were coming, they were keen to get in on the act.
Olympics is taking place in London. We felt that was no reason why we
shouldn't get involved. So we went knocking on the door and were given
a three-year contract. We are providing the safety kit for 12,000
people there. Hard hat protection, high-visibility clothing. All the
VIPs are wearing our dear as well. Providing clothing such as high-
visibility vests they not seem like much but it is a contract worth
millions. It has taken three years to build the Olympic Stadium and
all sorts of companies from our area that are involved in this
project. Still has come from Scunthorpe, flowers from Slee for
it. The turf from northern Lincolnshire. This is a specialist
product, we use a blend of grasses. Ideal for sports views and
prestigious projects. County Turf has thousands of layers of --
metres of land. We wanted to take part in the process for the Olympic
Stadium. It is great news for the whole of the company and North
Lincolnshire. In these tough economic times, the grass is almost
certainly looking greener. There is still more than �450
million worth of business to bid for. I had a sneaky look at some of
the contracts that were available as of today, they include things
like lighting, transport, souvenirs, and they are looking for people to
provide temporary saunas! Tomorrow's an important day in the
search for people who might want to carry the Olympic torch next year.
The committee is looking for inspirational people to carry the
Olympic torch. That will pass through our area. If you think you
know of someone who is the perfect person to do that, the deadline is
tomorrow. They earned a reputation for being
one of the most militant workforces in the country. Strikes and
industrial action were a fact of life for dockers on the Humber
during the sixties, seventies and eighties. Now, BBC Look North has
been collecting the memories of those dockers, as part of Life On
There has been shipping on the Humber for centuries but the
industrial revolution saw the estuary really exploit its natural
assets. Coal exports were built up and halt macro and Christine Blower
expanding as commercial and fishing docks. The cradle of the industrial
revolution in Britain who was the north of England, the Pennines. And
Hull and Grimsby and other parts of the river were well placed to
service that, to move raw-material spin and out. To move finished
products out. By the 1930s, the ports had expanded, trade had
outgrown the small city centre and it was transformed into a formal
gardens. New amenities were in part a sign of this region's ability to
ride out the Depression. For the next 30 years, there was certainly
plenty of jobs on the docks. But it was a tough life. It was hard work,
you were sweating, you cringed at times, and sometimes with the pain,
but you couldn't stop. Many men who came could not Hackett. You had to
pick things up, up with so many people with broken hands and
fingers and limbs. Life expectancy for a doctor was one of the
shortest in the country, and given the poor working conditions, it is
no surprise they became one of the most unionised Labour forces in the
country. We always fell out over money and dover man ing. It was all
very, very frustrating for management and for customers of
course. There was unofficial action. The 21-year-old lad, he said, if
you are registered, we will look after you. In 1972, the use of
ports which were not part of the National Dock Labour Scheme sparked
a national strike. Police came from one over the country to defeat us.
And they didn't defeat us. We were incensed. There was a truce. The
militant dockers had made themselves a future target for
Margaret Thatcher and the Tory government. Since the war, dockers
had been protected by the National Dock Labour Scheme but the
government saw it as a barrier to progress and wanted it abolished.
To me, as a docker of the 1960s, it was a backward step. Norman Fowler
said we would not go back to casual Labour. They backed down. They
collected cheques of up to �35,000 but they were also accepting a
future without the union that sway. The abolition of the scheme was the
worst thing which happened. It was a big change in the 1990s. And I
was very, very pleased to be then running a port that I could manage.
Today, the Humber ports are the UK's largest by tonnage, though far
fewer men unaided. They are regarded as an economic success.
But those that worked their say it is his success built on their sweat
and struggles. There are still a few tickets left
to see our Life On The Docks film, at a special screening in Goole.
That's this Thursday evening at 7.15pm. Admission is free, but you
will need to book a ticket from our A handbag once owned by Grantham's
most famous daughter, Margaret Thatcher, has raised �25,000 for
charity. It accompanied Mrs Thatcher to summits with the then
US president, Ronald Reagan, in the eighties. The handbag was auctioned
off at Christie's last night. More than 400 primary school children
have created Hull's biggest string ensemble ever.
Children as young as eight formed part of a huge concert in the City
Hall. And we went along to hear Children develop their whole self
through music. We are told by teachers, up so-and-so who would
never say boo to a goose, would happily stand in front and play
whatever. A brilliant experience for us kids, we have never actually
been in a live place like this. really like playing musical
instruments. I am speechless. It is so did with all of the instruments.
And how many people are here. And I know many of them are tuned in
and watching. Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
As the Prime Minister calls on public sector workers not to go on
strike, teachers unions here defend their action over pensions.
We are going ahead with the strike, we need to alert the public of a
catastrophic event which will handicap and damage education.
tomorrow's weather: A much brighter day, with sunny spells and patchy
cloud. Some showers, but quite a few places are expected to stay dry.
Top temperature, 19 Celsius. The sponsors coming in from you on
if the strikes, one duet saying teachers do not want to strike,
parents should support them. Another viewer saying, parents are
moaning about childcare. I didn't go to university for four years to
be a glorified childminder, I am a professional and it is my
democratic right to strike. Peter on it what it says parents are seen