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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Fears for isolated communities as panic-buying leads to fuel
dwindling in some areas. People have been panic-buying all day
today. How renovating a Lincoln landmark
could bring millions of pounds to the city.
Cashing in on the sunshine. The scorching temperatures bring early
visitors to our coastal resorts. The short films from Goole that
have earned Hollywood awards for Enjoy tomorrow's sunshine, because
after that, things are going downhill. Join me for the very
latest. An independent petrol retailer in East Yorkshire who's
fast running out of fuel tonight says the responsibility for panic-
buying rests firmly with the Government.
The Giles Brothers garage in Withernsea is the only place
motorists can buy fuel in the town, and they've almost run out. It's a
picture mirrored across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire where
fuel supplies are running low. It follows fears of possible shortages
as fuel tanker drivers threaten strike action over their pay and
working conditions. Tarah Welsh reports.
They queued in Hessle, and waited for up to an hour in Grimsby. In
Louth, one garage had run out of fuel before the day had even
started. Matthew light is on. I need a few like everybody now. --
my fuel light is on. I am running on empty. They are probably pre-
empting it. They think of it is next week and the garage is assured,
they will still need fuel. Withernsea, this is the only garage
in town. Fuel supplies are running low. The Green shows you the level.
As you can see, four of them are empty. We only have got number one,
which has not got enough in to open up, and number five, which is
unleaded. Boris there could be a repeat of the chaos in 2000 they
have triggered motorists into panic-buying. A government minister
advise people to fill Gebbie Cannes. Critics say that has fuelled the
problem. People have been panic- buying all day. We have sold more
fuel this morning that we normally do in three or four days. I think
the government has exacerbated the situation. We have another delivery
due for a Saturday or Sunday. We do not know whether that will come.
government now say drivers should be prepared, but only fill up when
their tanks get to half full. That is something Steve has not wasted
time doing. He put �160 in at the Withernsea garage today.
Withernsea runs out of petrol, it puts more pressure on the next
garage, so it is like a domino effect. If the next carriage runs
at, they would have to go to Hull or somewhere, which is about 70
miles away. In places like this, many people rely on their cars, and
if the fuel dries up in Withernsea, been a miscarriage is either six
miles that way or six miles that way. -- the nearest garage. That
one has already run out of petrol. It has been the busiest day staff
have seen here in years. Now their diesel has dried up. Tarah is live
in Withernsea tonight. What is the latest picture there? They are down
to the last few litres of petrol. They stay within a few minutes,
they will run out, so no petrol and no diesel here. The garage owners
say they fear they will not get a delivery until as late as Tuesday.
There are many other garages in our region who were experiencing the
same thing. We are getting reports of long queues at garages
throughout the region tonight. I drove here from Grimsby threw Hull
to Withernsea, and I passed several garages on my way. Some had really
huge queues and others were not so bad. The drivers are I spoke to
said if they see a queue, they feel they should join it because they
are worried. Others are saying the media had scare people into panic
buying. We still do not know if there is going to be a striker or
when. The government is advising to do the sensible thing and sell your
tanks when they are half empty, if you can. Thank you very much. Well,
I've been out to investigate the scale of the problem for myself. I
met up with David Craven-Jones from Sewell Retail, which operates 12
petrol stations across East Yorkshire, including South Cave. It
is very busy here. What is the picture at the moment? We have been
upon sales by 50 % today. 50 %! What did you think of the
government yesterday, announcing we need to stock up and fell away
jerry cans? -- fill our journey Cannes?
I do not think they should have said that. Did you know this would
happen when you head that? I think the AA said as well, do not panic
buy. As soon as somebody says that, people panic buy. We are getting
supplies normally at the moment. Was the situation avoidable?
think it has been made worse because of the media saying there
will be a strike. There is not necessarily going to be a strike.
It has not been announced yet. They have to give seven days' notice if
anything does happen. If it did, I think the army will takeover, so we
will get supplies. I am just reading an e-mail from a viewer in
Horncastle. It said at one garage, you could only by �20 worth of fuel.
We are not going to go down that route. If we have fuel, we will let
it go out. We are working with our supply chain and we do not have any
issues at the moment. What can you and other retailers do to make sure
supplies do not run out? We are working with our supply chain to
get fuel. At the moment, there is not a problem. The problem has been
caused by panic buying. If people just slowed down a little bit and
do not panic by, there will not be a problem. At the moment, the fuel
is going out as fast as we can get it in. Your message tonight to the
many viewers who were motorists? not panic by, basically. -- do not
panic buy. By the fuel you need. We will be quieter in a few days.
Thank you very much. You've been sending in thoughts
about the panic-buying today and the fears surrounding possible
What's your experience so far? Are you way business worried about --
are you at business worried about In a moment:
Recording memories of North Sea fishing tragedies for the
generations to come. Dental patients from Hull and East
Yorkshire who need a general anaesthetic during their treatment
will have to travel to hospital in Scunthorpe. Tooth extractions for
certain groups of people, normally carried out at Hull Royal infirmary,
will be moved to Scunthorpe until at least August. The NHS failed to
secure a contract allowing the procedure to take place in Hull.
A woman's been charged in connection with an alleged racist
incident at a Grimsby Town football match earlier this month. Police
were called in to investigate claims that a player from opponents
Braintree had been the victim of racist abuse at the game on March
3rd at Blundell Park. A 39-year-old Grimsby woman will appear in court
next month. RAF Marham is marking the 10th
anniversary of its aerial reconnaissance experts, the
Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing. The analysts at the Norfolk base
interpret aerial images to identify targets for foot patrols, pilots
and reconstruction teams in Afghanistan. It is saving lives by
protecting people on the ground. It enables commanders to see what is
going on. They can adequately understand the nature of the
terrain. It's one of the biggest investments
in Lincolnshire's tourist economy for a generation. Lincoln's
medieval castle is to undergo a �20 million renovation. There will be a
new home for the 800-year-old Magna Carta document, and improved
attractions. Experts believe the investment will encourage visitors
to stay longer, spending millions of pounds more in the city and the
county. Jake Zuckerman reports. In nearly 1,000 years of history,
Lincoln Castle has seen a lot of changes. And now, another
transformation. Almost �20 million is to be spent on improvements.
think it will make a tremendous difference, not only for the
cauldron aspect of the city, but for tourism. Independent people
have looked at this, and they estimate they could be over �50
million extra into the tourism economy, and an extra 1,000 -- an
extra 1,000 jobs. The castle walls will be repaired, with a complete
walking circuit created. The Victorian prison will be
refurbished, and opened in its entirety to the public. The jewel
of the collection, the Magna Carter, will get this brand new purpose-
built display centre. It will be incredibly important. I think
visitors to the castle, because there has not been enough to see
here, it has perhaps been a short visit. They will be so much more to
see here, but I think this will be a short-break destination, not a
day trip. They will be too much to see him one day. The nearby Castle
Hotel is one of the business is expecting a boost. If we can
attract more people coming to Lincoln and staying in Lincoln, it
will have a ripple effect throughout Lincoln, whether it be
in shops, restaurants. People living in the city will also
benefit. The castle grounds will be opened up for free, and the idea is
it would create a small part in made -- a small park in the centre
of the city and attract more foot fault. It can only be a good thing.
Get more tourists into Lincoln, keep the economy going, good idea.
It might attract more local people, which will be nice, as well as the
tourists. The White should be finished in time for the 800th
anniversary of the Magna Carter in 2015 -- the work. As the sun
continues to shine across the area, East Coast seaside towns are
cashing in on the warm weather. In Bridlington, some businesses have
started their holiday season early with hotel bookings already up.
Sarah Corker has spent the day in the town.
Basking in the glorious sunshine, from a spot of beach volleyball to
something more relaxing. Visitors were out in force in Bridlington
today, making the most of the hot weather. Beautiful place, beautiful
beach. We only 10 to go abroad for the weather. If you look closer to
home, you have got everything. have never been before. You can
hardly walk through the town when it is that busy. With temperatures
as high as 22 degrees here in Bridlington this week, you could be
forgiven for thinking we are in the Mediterranean. For traders here,
the early Easter sunshine has kick- started the holiday season. The
cash registers were ringing. From bumper ice-cream sales to rise in
bookings for hotels. It makes people think about holidays. When
the weather is nice, let's get away, even if only for a few days. My
hotel is full of people, or sitting outside enjoying the sunshine.
Yorkshire Belle enjoys it a birthday this -- the Yorkshire
Belle enjoys its 65th birthday this year. A good season can make as
much as 30 % difference in the takings. This at campaign is
helping to encourage more people to a holiday at home this year -- this
advertising campaign. Tourism bosses say the East Coast is
marketing itself as the modern tourist destination for the family,
and it seems to be working. We have deckchair hire, two chalets, a new
park and ride service. You do not have to travel far for a holiday.
Why go abroad when you have always on your doorstep?
Early boost for our work seaside resorts. Still ahead tonight: The
Hull ice hockey players aiming to shock Sheffield in this weekend's
play-offs. There's Hollywood success for two
young filmmakers from Goole Jane Richardson sent in this photograph
Thank you for that. Evening. Jackie says, I bumped into my lifelong
heart-throb David Essex in a Hull bookshop. I look forward to using a
better chat-up line when I meet Paul Hudson. Do not say anything
about David Essex. He could be watching!
A headline for tomorrow is, enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. Parts
of Yorkshire has had their sunniest march on record. That has just been
announced. The record was broken this morning. It has been quite a
march. High pressure still in charge for now. The sunshine will
be with us for one more day. You can see how beautiful it has been.
There has been some high cloud floating down from the north. That
has made the sunshine a little hazy at times. Tonight, we are likely to
see some cloud, especially in coastal areas. We may have a touch
of ground frost in land, with lows of three or four. They will be some
sunshine around from the word go. Also, a bit more in the way of
cloud, but that will break-up. Another lovely day in store. Dry
with long spells of sunshine. The breeze will be a North north-
westerly. It could tip round to the north east, along the coast.
Temperatures in the range of thought team up to 19. That is 66
degrees Fahrenheit. Further ahead, Saturday looks cloud and cooler
with perhaps a bit of drizzle. Sunday is not looking too bad. The
trend as we head through next week is for colder weather to develop,
with temperatures by Tuesday seven I taught her view because I knew
you were going to say something about David Essex, but I was in
there like a flash -- I told own view.
Are you looking forward to your boat trip tomorrow?
Yes. Join us tomorrow night for a special programme. Hull Labour MP
Diana Johnson has called the proposed introduction of VAT on hot
food such as pies and sausage rolls "ridiculous" and questioned how it
will work in practice. The tax, introduced in last week's Budget,
is due to take effect in the autumn. George Osborne argues it closes a
loophole in the law, with takeaways and fish and chip shops having paid
it for almost 30 years. It is another squeeze on a cost of
living. Buying a pasty or a hot sausage roll is a bit of a pleasure
in the middle of the day. This is just silly, and how will it work
practically? I think it is ridiculous. It claimed the lives of
more than 6,000 men and now memories of Hull's fishing industry
will be kept for ever. A special radio project has recorded
conversations about life in the area to store in the British
library. Two of the people involved are Michael and Jill, who both lost
loved ones at sea. For The Listening Project, they discuss
family life within a fishing community and how they dealt with
tragedy. Leanne Brown has been Being a man, you think you have got
to be tough. I remember my dad catching me at the door stop, and
he said, were due to be brave for your mother and just sisters. He
said, do not quite. But I needed to. Listening to their recording for
the first time, Jill and Michael were not expecting to feel this
emotional. Your heart to skip a beat. You go back to the reality of
that time. The shock of it. It's that my family, and I am sure it
did many others. And this is what they are talking about, the fishing
industry and the tragedy that unfolded. Michael lost his brother
in 1968. I was 14. I missed out on all the things you do with your
brother, you know? The first pint in the pub and all those kinds of
things. There was no funeral, nobody. The consensus was you had
to move on with your life. But you didn't. It was trapped within year.
You kept that a new for many years. -- Phuket that with the new for
many years. Jill lost her husband on December 25th, 1966. I was 18. I
had a daughter who was 11 months old, and I was about 10 months
pregnant. I was quite ill as well. Really, I just wanted to die. When
I look at it now, as an older woman, I think, how did I get through it?
There have breaking experiences are now documented in a frank
conversations. -- their heartbreaking experiences. I think
about what we have been given to go through. I think sometimes, not
always, I think it makes you a better and stronger person.
Absolutely. Not only will it be broadcast on the radio, it will be
kept here in the British Library in London. If you had the chance to
listen back to our conversation like Michael and Jill's, from 100
years ago, about an industry that died out, how fascinating would
that be? SOFA generations to come, those lost at sea and their stories
will never be forgotten -- so, for generations to come. And you can
hear more stories from The Listening Project when it gets
under way on BBC Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Radio 4
from tomorrow. In ice hockey, Hull Stingrays face
a do-or-die weekend against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Steelers
in this season's play-offs. The odds favour the South Yorkshire
club after they finished five places ahead of Hull in the league,
but as Simon Clark explains, the Stingrays are planning an upset. It
was the toughest training session of the year. The code made no
excuses for that. He knows as well as anyone that if Hull are to cause
an Oz -- caused an upset and reach the semi-finals, they have to be at
their best. It is going to be a difficult battle. Sheffield has
been one of the best teams all season. We know it will be an
uphill battle. We will have to be perfect and make sure we cut down
on mistakes. The two site and a richer the world. It was only two
weekends ago that Hull found impressive form to beat their
neighbours. Much rests in a hands of the goalkeeper. He says the team
have a chance, now that all the players fit. We always play well
against Sheffield. Now they are coming again, we had two wins here
in the last two games, so we have everything we need and we just need
to show up. Says Bennett believes there is turmoil that after -- set
Bennett believes there is some Taman here. King is gone, and that
leaves a big hall. -- hole. If the Stingrays can pull off a major
surprise, it will turn out to be a not too bad season after all. In
reality, it means taking a healthy lead on Sunday.
Could look to them. David Hockney's exhibition of
paintings featuring East Yorkshire at the Royal Academy of Arts is to
open until midnight everyday for the last week of its run. The
exhibition by the Bridlington-based artist includes a large number of
scenes from the Wolds. Due to high demand from visitors, the London
gallery will open for 14 hours a day until it closes on April 9th.
The show will then move to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in May.
They were up against competition from all around the world but two
teenage film-makers from Goole have won awards in Hollywood. Harvey
Griffin and Hannah Turner took part in a film-making project last year
based at their local arts centre, The Junction. The director was so
impressed with their work, he entered it into the prestigious
Hollywood International Family Film Festival. Emma Massey reports.
The award for best comedy goes to Going Up. Directed by Harvey
Griffin from goal. Harvey's short film about two people getting stuck
in a lake was shot on a Super 8 film camera. He only had one chance
to get it right. The biggest challenge was trying to get all of
the scene's done, as we only had one shot at each one. We had to
rehearse and rehearsed to make sure we got every single shot how we
wanted it. The Hannah Turner won the award for best drama. Man From
The Moon is a drama about a man who is searching for his long-lost life,
and everything he loved has gone and been replaced by modern life.
The Hollywood International Family Film Festival is pretty prestigious.
They have Submissions coming in from all over the world. To win
Best Comedy, to be a finalist for drama, that is huge. Young people
from Goole in East Yorkshire, in the UK, have got a film showing in
Hollywood. How cool is that! They will never forget the experience.
thought it was a good someone I was making it, but I did not realise
how good people thought it was. is amazing. I am really happy that
I have one, and I cannot believe it. From Goole to Hollywood. With such
high accolades at such a you made, we could be looking at the work of
future international movie directors.
Great story. Well done to them. Let's have a recap on the headlines.
The opposition accuses the government of presiding over a
shambles over the petrol queues. In East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire,
worries that fuel supplies are dwindling in some isolated
communities. Patchy low cloud and places them
dry and bright. Top temperature, 19 Celsius.
Response coming in on the subject of the petrol. That petrol station
in Withernsea has now run out of fuel. My husband has to travel 50
miles each way to work, if he cannot get petrol, how can he do
that? Mac from Beverley said, what a crazy situation, Talca drivers
have not given a date for striking and they have to give seven days'
notice -- tanker drivers. What a boost to sales for the garages!