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A very good evening to you. Welcome to Look North. The headlines: The
controversial children's opera - hundreds of pupils go back on stage
after one word comes out of the script. Although it's been a
disappointing episode in our collaboration, the important thing
is that we have got a performance at the end of it.
Four families are made homeless after a suspected arson attack in
Hull. Devastated. Just can't put into
words. Horrible. Especially when the fire got going and I could hear
the roof falling in. The number of migrant workers
increases in Boston. There are calls for more money for the area.
Why it's a very special day for this East Yorkshire great-
grandmother. She's number one in the East Riding.
Number two in Yorkshire. I believe she's about 28 in Britain.
I will be back with your detailed Good evening. It sparked a row
between its writer, a school and the local council and a opera
company. The show with a lead character who is gay will go on.
The production of Beached takes place in Bridlington next weekend.
Now after 48 hours and a very public disagreement played out in
the national media, the writer has agreed to replacing the offending
word. It's a row which has been going on
behind-the-scenes for weeks. But now the issue surrounding the opera
Beached have been resolved. We are thrilled to be able to say we are
going ahead with the opera as the writer has agreed to change the
words to more age-appropriate as we had asked. Emma Hobbs felt the
language was offensive and inappropriate for young children,
especially one word in particular. We asked "queer" to be changed to
the word "gay. The writer, who is best-known for Billy Elliot, e-
mailed Look North to say he had been appalled by the whole process
and that he had always been willing to rewrite the script. So although
the opera is now going ahead, there is still a lot of unrest. The
school hasn't had any direct contact with the writer. Even
though he's been on national television to speak about it.
character says, "Of course, I'm queer, that is why I left here."
Was that the only line that was a problem? There's been all sorts of
things that we have worked with the school and with Opera North. That
is the only line in question. To me - it is the only line that you know
that the character is gay. school has never courted the
national media about this or written online about it, or taken
it out to a wider forum like that. We have always been happy to
discuss this. Despite all the attention, parents are just happy
the play is back on. I'm over the moon the play is back on. My son is
very excited to be able to do it. I can't wait to buy the tickets. It
is the right decision to go ahead. Looking forward to it. Now tickets
are able to go on sale, organisers are hoping the seats will be full
next week. Well, Richard Mantle is from Opera North. He told me about
the changes that have been made to the script. To the opera, there
have been a number of small changes to text that have been happening
over a number of weeks now. Finally, the changes turned the tide if that
is the right word. The character says, "I'm queer" to "I'm gay."
did the original line get through in the first place? Anyone could
have told you it was offensive? don't think it necessarily - it
depends on your audience. You don't think it was necessarily offensive?
Not necessarily, no. But it was - we have responded to the school. We
have been trying to get it changed for some weeks because we are there
as a sort of broker, we have commissioned a piece for a
performance by the school and the school have to advise us what can
be appropriate. We have to learn from them. We have taken their
steer and achieved the change. writer has told us he would have
changed the script at any point. Well... Why do we have this
farcical on-off for three days? Maybe you shouldn't believe
everything you hear from Lee Hall. Opera North highly regarded track
record for commissioning new works for young people. Yeah. That is in
your statement. Did you not spot how controversial this would be?
think we have known that elements of the piece potentially could be
quite controversial. Lee writes in a robust way. The school, who is
part of this whole project, have been taken along with us on this
and we have worked with them and where they have found a problem we
have sort of brokered that with Lee. What we did was run into the
buffers last week with Lee when he refused to make any change.
Embarrassing few days for Opera North and the writer? No. We have a
fantastic project. The kids in Bridlington have been continuing to
rehearse, there is a lot of excitement and it will be great
next week. Thank you. The story that has run and run this week. Do
the changes make any difference? That one word, maybe you are a
parent watching tonight in Bridlington. Let me know what you
think. E-mail us at In a moment: The first green energy
park in the country is switched on in Lincolnshire.
Four families on a Hull estate have been left homeless after arsonists
attacked a house on their street. Five homes in total have been
damaged and the people who live in them have been told that all of
those houses may have to be completely knocked down. No-one was
seriously hurt, but several of the families are uninsured and face
being left with nothing. Kate Sweeting has been to meet some of
those affected. I looked out and I saw the glow from the fire. I woke
up the wife. I think Liz's house is on fire. I have to go and get the
kids out. The flames ripped through their homes in a matter of minutes,
leaving the families with almost nothing. Just pure devastation, I
don't know where do you start on rebuilding what you have lost? It
is not just what you have got in the house, it's all your memories,
your personal bits. It is where do you begin? Investigators are here
trying to work out what caused the fire but the extent of the damage
means that it will be many months before the families are able to
return and I am told there is a possibility that this entire row of
houses will have to be knocked down. There's only 40% of the people on
this row that are insured. The other people have lost everything.
They have to be devastated. They are waking up this morning, if any
of them have had any sleep, with nothing in the world left.
follows a similar attack at the weekend on the same estate. Luckily,
the family got out unhurt despite being trapped by the flames. In
this latest incident, the arsonists set fire to a bin in a shed outside
this house which spread with astonishing speed leaving four of
the houses almost totally destroyed. Obviously, we will look at that
incident, not in isolation, but ensure we are catching all of the
relevant evidence to ensure if there are a link, we will make
those links. As the reality of what's happened starts to hit home
for these families, many of the residents say they are frightened
for their own safety in case the arsonists strike again.
Daryl Oprey is from Humberside Fire Service. He is there at the scene.
How has this fire caused so much damage? Good evening, Peter. The
fire started in the bin shed as the reporter said and as with any fire,
if you give it some fuel load and it will take hold quite rapidly.
The fire will warm up other things in the area which will go on fire
and that is how the fire has spread. It is incredible that people got
out alive and fairly unharmed. What do you put that down to? It is.
There's a couple of things. Ourselves and our colleagues the
police and other agencies work very hard in communities to make sure
that people are safe so smoke detectors save lives and the Fire
Service are here to help and make sure that people are safe in their
homes and in fact there is an event running on 16th July where this
community itself will be helping itself to keep itself safer. So we
all actually help to keep ourselves safe. We have had several suspected
arson attacks in the last couple of days. Generally, they are more
common. What is in the head of these people? Why do they do it?
There are many different reasons, Peter, why people will set fire.
Some is just out of fascination. Some is actually unfortunately with
intent to harm other people. At this stage, we really don't know
what was in the head of this arsonist. Do they think about the
consequences of people generally? Clearly, not, Peter. There were
people in those homes when they set those properties on fire. So I
would say clearly they weren't thinking of the welfare of those
people. Some of these people who have done this could be watching
tonight. What do you say to them? Well, what I would say to them is
just have a look at the devastation you have done to people's homes.
Look at the lives you have endangered and please, please
reconsider what you are doing. good to talk to you. Thank you. In
another suspected arson attack: A woman and her three young
children are recovering in hospital after arsonists set fire to their
home in Lincoln. The Emergency Services were called to Scorer
Street near Sincil Bank in the early hours of this morning. Fire
officers say the family owe their lives to their smoke alarm. They
have also praised neighbours and passers-by who are believed to have
helped fight the fire by breaking down the door and throwing buckets
of water onto the flames. We heard a scream. I knew it was her. We saw
smoke and ran out and she got the kids out. We got the kids over to
my house. The security company Group Four
says a crash last night involving a van full of inmates from Hull
Prison is being treated as an accident. Three prisoners were
taken to hospital in York after the van overturned near Tadcaster. The
six other inmates involved were returned to Hull. The driver was
also injured in the crash. Four teenagers have been rescued by
lifeboat crews after getting trapped against the sea wall near
Grimsby Docks. The two boys and two girls were spotted by the
Humberside Police helicopter while on routine patrol. The group had
not called for help as they thought they could not make 999 calls with
no credit on their mobile phones. Their rescuers say they're lucky to
be alive. They realised that they was going to get home tonight. It
was four youths, two males and two females. The two boys, they seemed
really pleased and that. The girls was a bit frightened of the
situation to be honest. The power of the sun is now being
harnessed in Lincolnshire after the country's first solar energy park
went live today. The park in fields at Conisholme near Louth will
provide enough electricity to power around 300 homes. The company says
the site will operate for 25 years. The big switch-on for a brand-new
source of energy in Britain all thanks to the Lincolnshire sunshine.
On this site we have 5,000 solar panels, each one of them has 48 of
these silicon wafers. This is technology developed by NASA a few
decades ago to power satellites up in space. This is the UK's first
major solar sun park, combined with the neighbouring wind farm the site
will produce 17 megawatts of energy, enough to power 10,000 homes every
year. Solar technology has been maturing and it's taken off in
other countries of the world. Our last Government introduced the
feed-in tariff scheme and that enabled us to build these and to
put solar-power into the grid. While this is the first UK sun park,
the company here says it may be the last. They say the Government's cut
support by 75% meaning future developments like this will be
unfeasible. It is a great day on the one hand. It is a sad day
because it is the last for a little while until the Government has a
change of heart. Government says the changes to the feed-in tariff
were necessary, speaking last month "Without action, the scheme would
be overwhelmed. The new tariffs will ensure a sustained growth path
for the solar industry while protecting the money for
householders, small businesses and communities and will also further
encourage the uptake of green electricity from anaerobic
diJession." In Germany, -- Digestion." In Germany - we are
falling behind. Ecotricity is celebrating what it believes will
one day become a leading renewable energy resource. Still to come: The
number of migrant workers increases in Boston. There are calls for more
money for the area. Why it is a special day for this East Yorkshire
great-grandmother. How are you? Very well. My
favourite e-mail comes from Dave who has moved from Hull to the Isle
of Sheppy. He has had a satellite installed so he can watch the news!
He needs to get a life! Is that down in Essex? It's Kent, I think.
Is it?! I think so. Caught me on the hop there! I'm sure it is Essex.
I am sure our viewers will let us I am sure our viewers will let us
know. The headlines: Very unsettled. We will have more of these
thunderstorm clouds. We have had one or two of those in the last few
hours. Some big thunderstorms have kicked off because low pressure
remains in charge. Tomorrow will be another unsettled day. That said,
many of you will have had a good deal of sunshine. Certainly parts
of northern parts of Lincolnshire have seen some thunderstorms and
there are still one or two around. The trend will be overnight for the
showers to fizzle out and most areas will become dry with clear
spells. The sun rises in the morning at 4.41. Most of us then
off to a dry, possibly a bright start but cloud will build fairly
quickly through the morning. Possibly longer outbreaks of rain
for a time through the morning. The skies will brighten through the
afternoon and the heavy showers may well begin to fizzle out towards
tomorrow evening. Which ever way you look at it, it will be very
unsettled indeed with top temperatures of 19 Celsius in Hull.
Now although the weekend is looking unsettled, it is a very
straightforward forecast. There will be some decent weather around.
There is an ongoing risk of some heavy showers with a risk of
thunder. That is the forecast. replica of the Olympic Torch has
been in Lincolnshire today. Linda writes in, "You should carry the
torch for Lincoln." You will be torch for Lincoln." You will be
back again tomorrow night. See you tomorrow.
Boston's MP has tonight told Look North that his town will continue
to rely on migrant workers to fill jobs because jobless British people
are walking away from work they His comments come as officials in
Boston say more money is needed from the Government to help with
the growing population of migrant workers.
Last year 22% fewer overseas workers registered for National
Insurance in Lincolnshire compared to three years ago. The drop in
England as a whole was the same. But in Boston the numbers have gone
up. Over the past decade, migrant workers have become increasingly
crucial to Lincolnshire's agriculture and food processing
industries. More than 60% of the workforce here at this vegetable
producers originate from overseas and the company says they simply
couldn't compete without them. It's thought up to a quarter of the
town's population could now be made up of immigrants. People go where
there's jobs, don't they? If there wasn't work, they wouldn't be here.
I understand the people who are coming in are contributing a great
deal to the economy. How many properties did we let? The town's
letting agents would certainly agree migrant workers have been
good for business. Over the last five years, rents have increased
quite easily by 20-25% depending on the type of property that you are
looking at. The town properties have improved the best. Five years
ago, around 5% of Park Primary's population was international. Now
it is more than 50% and that stretches the school's resources to
the limit. It is not easy. We do receive a bit of extra funding from
the local authority. By no means enough. We have got a very skilled
and committed staff. We have hired some Polish-speaking translators
and teaching assistants. Yes, it is a challenge. Local council
officials agree that it is time the Government took notice of this
trend. All Boston Borough Council has ever sought is its fair share
of resources to deliver our servicess to our local community
and once we know hopefully from Census figures what our population
is, the national allocation system will give us our fair share which
is all we have ever been seeking. So while migrant workers continue
to toil for our economy, local officials will also be working hard
to secure more funding for the area. Mark Simmonds is the Conservative
MP for Boston and Skegness. He told me why he thought the number of
migrant workers in Boston is still on the increase. It is difficult to
gauge. Nobody has an accurate indication of how many migrant
workers there are in the borough of Boston. There are some significant
estimates that have been made both through numbers that have
registered with GPs or those on the electoral roll, I don't think that
counts for any of the real numbers there are there. We must welcome
migrant workers and the public sector funding needs to reflect the
number of people living in the Boston area. They don't at the
moment. Taking the ringfencing off the way that local authorities
should spend money should go to some way to helping with that.
you had those employees with those jobs, would British workers do
those jobs? That is a very good question. That is the crux of the
problem, really. What is the answer? I think some of them should.
I think that some of the changes that we are going to make to the
benefits system where making work pay will be a key part of that and
it should enable some of those British workers to go back into the
workforce. Derek Clarke has said it is all about British jobs for
British people. What happened about that? Well, I am afraid to say some
sections of British society - and it is true in Boston - have decided
there are certain types of jobs that they don't want to do. I can
have these peculiar conversations with groups of people who say,
"When are you going to get these migrants out of our town?" When I
say to them, "When you are prepared to go into the fields" and they say,
"That is migrant work." It is not until we change that perception
that we will change the problem. What about those people who refuse
to do those jobs, should their money be cutback? That is what the
proposals are. If there is one thing that's struck me since the
general election, it is the number of people who have said it is the
right thing that the Government is doing to change the system of
benefits to make sure that work pays, which it doesn't at the
moment. It is not paying at the moment? It is not always paying at
the moment. Very good to talk to you. Thank you. Are some British
people too choosy when it comes to what work they will do? Your
thoughts on this one - [email protected] There is a
longer interview with Mark Simmonds tomorrow lunch time.
Thanks for getting in touch with us over our story of a mother calling
for higher penalties for reckless drivers. Her son, William
Horncastle, was left in a coma for three days following the crash in
East Yorkshire. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is supporting moves
by the Hull Labour MP, Karl Turner to increase the maximum sentence
for dangerous driving from two to seven years.
Bob in Grimsby texted to say, "I was injured six weeks ago because
an impatient driver could not wait in single-file traffic. Careless
drivers should be banned and re- tested."
Virginia tweeted to say, "It's a good idea to increase sentences.
Dangerous driving and careless driving costs lives."
And Loren has also been a victim of careless driving. She says, "We
have had to live with the scars and mental reminders of that day,
knowing no action was taken against the driver who caused the
incident." She's the oldest woman in East
Yorkshire and the 28th oldest living Briton. Today her family
came to help Elizabeth Riley celebrate her 109th birthday at the
care home where she lives in Hedon. And although she rarely speaks,
Crispin Rolfe spoke to her sons about her milestone. This report
does contain some flash photography. # Happy birthday to you... #
She came to this nursing home aged 90. Now it is helping Elizabeth
Riley celebrate her 109th birthday. Today's a landmark for a lady now
one of Britain's oldest living. Let's say if we had a Premier
League, she would be in that league. And fairly well up it. She is
number one in the East Riding. Number two in Yorkshire. I believe
she's about 28 in Britain. Royal Party will begin their
inspection... Born in 1902, Elizabeth took her sons here to the
Festival of Britain in 1951. Today, it was easy to see that she enjoyed
all the attention. Her sons claim that long life is in the genes.
the moment, I have found 5th Generation on my grandfather's, my
mother's father, on his side, going down to 1768 and that guy was 83
years old. So a party - and by this time next year, Elizabeth won't
just be a great-grandmother, but a great-great-grandmother.
Happy birthday to Elizabeth. Let's have a recap of the headlines:
After almost 170 years, the News of the World is to close, a victim of
its own phone hacking scandal. The last edition will be this Sunday.
The children's opera is back on in Bridlington after the writer
changed one word in the script. The forecast for tomorrow - cloudy with
outbreaks of rain spreading from the south.
Top temperatures of around 19 Celsius.
A response coming in on the story of the opera in Bridlington. "The
word can't have been that offensive, it was said four times on your
show." "Changing the word queer to gay goes to show how mad the PC