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North. The headlines tonight: Despite a planning defeat,
campaigners say the fight goes on to secure this unique part of our
wartime heritage. We will do everything we can to
achieve our aims. Families facing an uncertain future
as mental health services for children are under review.
Great growing conditions for these trees mean a bumper crop just in
time for the festive season. And the music tribute acts bringing
home national awards. Join me for the forecast.
It's stood in this condition for more than 70 years, but campaigners
fighting to maintain what is one of Britain's last remaining World War
II bomb sites have suffered a huge blow to their hopes. The National
Picture Theatre in Hull was a cinema that was hit by German bombs in 1941
and enthusiasts hoped to add an education centre to the site to tell
schoolchildren about the Hull blitz. But this afternoon councillors voted
to allow commercial development on the land around the ruin. Gemma
Dawson reports. The future of this historic sitein
the hands of these councillors. The owner of this land wants to build an
extension at the back of the Swan Inn pub ` on the right ` and erect a
fence to divide its patio garden from the remains of the National
Picture Theatre. After surveying the area, councillors voted to approve
the plans at a packed committee meeting this afternoon. It is a
setback. It is unfortunate. I doubt anybody is happy, but we have to go
by the law. It's a disappointing blow for Alan.
He's part of a group that wants to preserve this site for future
generations. It stops are doing what we wanted to do, to have an
education building behind it. But you don't own this land. Quite
right. We have to take on board what was said. They also said we haven't
come forward with money. A lot has been going on in the background.
This is the last remaining civilian bomb site ruins in the whole of the
UK. It was largely destroyed when it was bombed. Cinemagoers had been
inside watching Charlie Chaplin film when the air raid sounded.
Like Hull, Coventry was heavily bombed during the Second World War.
Now thousands of people visit the city's Cathedral every year to learn
about what happened here. The team in Hull believe the National Picture
Theatre could also attract similar interest. Still, for now, the site's
future has been decided. But campaigners say they haven't given
up hope of securing the site in the future.
A little earlier I spoke to Neil Redfern from English Heritage who
gave his reaction to the decision to develop the Beverley Road site. On
the one hand, it is slightly disappointing. It gives us more
challenges and how we take forward the conservation of the site.
Nothing new in terms of the challenges we are already faced
with. Where you in favour with keeping it? Is it historically
important? Yes, certainly. The site is quite significant. It is a unique
site in terms of being the last surviving civilian bomb site. Also,
the site that most reflects the event that happened on the night it
was bombed. We have not really been to this site and tidied it up. We
can go there and fully understand all the events that took place that
evening when the site was actually bombed, from when the people were in
the auditorium, where they tried to leave to go on to go onto Beverley
Road, and then they retreated back into the auditorium. The auditorium
and the entrance was where they were when the bomb fell. It has been
derelict for over 70 years. Isn't the time we just have to move on and
improve an area? Yes, but I think retaining the site as it now is with
enhanced access and enhanced interpretation would fundamentally
contribute to doing that to the area. The site could form a really
comprehensive and vital contribution to open it up. Whole has such an
important history ` ` Hull has such an important role in history. Good
to talk to you. Thank you. I would be keen to get your views on this
one. Do you think it is right that the developer is being allowed to
build on this ruin? Thoughts on this.
In a moment: Tributes are paid by the family of a retired head teacher
found dead in the Alps. Two MPs say they want answers
following concerns about a unit which treats children and young
people with mental health issues. Parents say they've been told that
day care at the West End Unit in Hessle in East Yorkshire is under
threat. The trust that runs it will only say that it's reviewing the
situation, but one mum says she wouldn't be able to cope if the
centre closes. Vicky Johnson reports.
This woman's son suffers from a range of mental health problems
including a severe eating disorder. At 14, he weighs just over four and
a half stone. After struggling on her own with him for years, he's
recently attended the West End unit in Hessle. We've changed her voice
to protect the family's identity. You have to deal with it. Trying to
get him to eat, drink. You live your life saying, eat, drink. He tells
you he's dying and there is nothing. The only respite I've had is the day
unit. But there's now some doubt over the future of day services at
the West End unit. Some parents say they've been told it could close by
the end of the year. We have asked for someone from the foundation
trust to talk to us about the centre's future. So far, they have
declined our request. Instead they have given us a statement which says
only that the facilities here at West End are currently being
reviewed. To ensure they are still, in their words, "appropriate for
those who use their services." This uncertainty comes just a fortnight
after two MPs from Hull raised the issue of local mental health
services for children during a Commons debate. These are children
with very difficult and complicated conditions. Families who are often
at the end of their tether, and now there is this uncertainty as to
whether there will be local services, or not. It is not fair on
people, leaving them in the state of limbo. This mum said she could no
longer cope if the unit was to close. I was getting ready for the
point when somebody else has them. What you do, he is my son. I have
had no respite from him. Families have struggled since the end of
residential care six months ago, and they now fear their lives could get
harder if the day unit closes too. The Hull West and Hessle MP Alan
Johnson held a Commons debate on the level of services being offered to
young people at the unit just two weeks ago. I spoke to him earlier
and asked what his reaction was to the possibility of the unit closing?
It would be a disaster. I have yet to get to the bottom on whether the
day services are closing. It has caused huge problems, which I was
talking about in Parliament. To take away the day unit completely would
be extraordinary. There would be a crisis. We are not going to resolve
it by closing centres. It issued by a small number of people. Can we
justify the cost? Yes. This is adolescent children 's mental
health. If we don't resolve these problems earlier, these children
will have these problems when they grow older. All the evidence and
research accepted by the government shows fall 2% of mental health
problems occur under the age of 14 ` ` 40%. We were dealing with it quite
successfully. What can you do to influence the decision now? We have
had the Parliamentary debate. The 13`year`old was taken 103 miles away
to be treated. That is not the society I want to be living in? We
have been invited to have a meeting. That takes place early December.
Norman Lamb said all the things in the debate he should about the
importance of mental health. He has two understand it is a national
issue. Thank you for your time. Alan Johnson talking. Some more news.
A firefighter has been hurt while tackling a fire in North
Lincolnshire. Humberside Fire and Rescue were called to the fire at a
derelict building in Barton this morning. Structural engineers have
been on site assessing the damage. The firefighter received minor
injuries and is recovering at home. Hospitals across Lincolnshire are
preparing to deal with an increase in patients during the winter month.
The Government's given an extra eight million pounds to A and E
units in the county to help ease pressure on services. The United
Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says it's considering sharing resources
with other health authorities to help improve patient care.
Probation service staff have returned to work following a
national 24`hour strike. The union is objecting to proposals to
transfer parts of the service to private firms such as G4S and Serco.
Humberside Police say they've seen a 400% increase in the number of
catalytic convertors being stolen from cars. The convertors reduce
poisonous gases from a vehicle's exhaust but are being stolen because
they contain precious metals. We had 15 bands lined up, ready for
delivery that evening. Within 45 minutes, the thief managed to
hacksaw the converters of the vehicles.
The body of an East Yorkshire woman, who's been living in France, has
been found in the Alps. Carol Sheridan, who was originally from
Driffield, went missing just over a week ago. Her family had appealed
for help in finding her from hikers in France. Amanda White is here now.
When was Mrs Sheridan's body found? Today Mrs Sheridan's family posted a
statement on social media to say her body has been discovered close to
where her car was found at a popular walking spot in the French Alps this
morning. Mrs Sheridan had moved to the area, which is around 20 miles
from Lake Geneva, a couple of years ago. It's understood she'd left the
washing up in the sink, and her windows open and had decided to go
out and enjoy a a couple of hours in the mountains a week last Sunday.
73`year`old Carol's disappearance ten days ago sparked a big online
campaign for help in tracking her down. Air and ground searches by the
professionals, though, were hampered by snow and freezing temperatures.
Mrs Sheridan's grandson Simon made a statement on Facebook earlier in
which he said thank you to everyone who had helped in the search for his
grandmother and added that "Carol was an amazing woman who lived an
amazing life. She was dearly loved by many and will be hugely missed by
all of us. Personally, I am taking some comfort in that her last
moments were spent doing something she loved."
Still ahead tonight: Perfect growing conditions means a bumper crop for
our Christmas tree farmers. Just like the real thing ` top
tribute acts bring national awards home.
?? new line Airmyn near Goole taken by Barry Hunter.
Thank you for that. Another picture tomorrow. Roger wrote to me after
last night, and said, did Paul Hudson pinch that shirt off a guy on
his way into work yesterday? Whatever. It is great news, because
tomorrow looks set to be a lovely day. Lots of sunshine around. All
part said to be dry. Most of those will be dry. That is because we have
got one system down across northern France. There is some nice weather
to look forward to. It is pretty dreary out there. Rain and drizzle
across a good part of Lincolnshire. Damp, chilly night. Other cast as
well. That rain will pull away and it is clear skies. It will be quite
chilly across parts of East Yorkshire. The breeze will pick up
later. The sun rises at 7:12am. Your next high water time in Cleethorpes
at 7:51am. A lovely start to the day. Lots of blue sky. I think we
will keep a lot of sunshine. A small chance of an isolated shower.
Breezy, but sunshine. Top temperatures about 10 Celsius.
Further ahead, Friday and Saturday, a scattering of showers but they
should be few and far between. That is the forecast.
Here is another one. I wonder if you noticed that Paul's hair has become
a bit dark. It is not artificial. It is a change
in the lighting. Lane the lighting, that is right.
Good night. Blame the engineers. EWLINE Christmas appears to have
come early for the farmers in Lincolnshire who grow the fir trees
that we decorate during December. Growers in the county say a shortage
of the most popular trees, in mainland Europe, means more
wholesalers are buying British. Simon Spark reports on the
preparations for a busy month ahead. Christmas may still be over a month
away, but already the orders are coming in to guarantee trees.
Wholesalers are increasingly turning to British growers to fulfill their
orders because of a continuing shortage of Nordman firs in mainland
Europe. In Fillingham with 700,000 trees being grown, William Rose is
in a good position to supply. Think there is possibly a national wide
shortage, but we have be planting over the years just because we could
see the shortage coming. And near Louth, it's the same. You
can alter the wake of the machine. Here, ?80,000 pounds worth of the
latest equipment is needed to ensure the trees are cut to meet demand.
But, they'll need to buy in another 15,000 trees to meet their customer
needs. Sales are looking very strong. Others are failing. We had a
customer yesterday, from Southampton wanting a lorry load of trees,
because his supplier of a decade is unable to fulfil his requirements.
From sapling to centrepiece, it takes an average of eight years to
grow the Christmas trees we have in our homes and eight million of them
are bought in the UK every year. At Doddington Hall near Lincoln, they
too grow their own, and sell the decorations that go with them. The
demand for the trees is always there. People are treating
themselves more to decorations and baubles, perhaps new light.
So while we only begin to start thinking ahead to the festive
season, timing and planning is everything to our Christmas tree
growers ` and while the shortage continues elsewhere, fields like
this will continue to grow. Lots of you have been in touch with
us about the cost of using hospital car parks. Patients and visitors to
hospitals in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole pay the most in our area.
Managers say part of the money raised will go towards improving the
car parks. Some people have now started leaving their cars down side
streets to avoid paying. We've had a lot of response on this
subject, including this one from the Reverend Ian Walker who used to be a
chaplain for two`and`a`half years at Grimsby hospital.
Bonfire celebrations and firework displays have been held across our
area over the past few days. These are pictures from the big bonfire
event at Heslam Park in Scunthorpe last night. Hundreds of people
turned up at the home of Scunthorpe Rugby Club for the display.
And you've been sending us pictures from your own displays, like this
from Barry Pearce in Skellingthorpe near Lincoln. John Barber joined the
crowds at the display on Beverley Westwood last night, and finally
Terry Cumbers sent this image of sparklers in Grimsby. Thank you very
much to all of you who got in touch. We'd like to invite you to come to
our party for Children in Need. The fair for Pudsey with a mini fun fair
and entertainment takes place at the Sirius Academy in Hull on the 15th
November. You can arrive any time from half five, but you do need to
book your free tickets through our reception in Hull. The number is
there now on the screen. The Beautiful South, Mick Ronson and
The Housemartins are just some of the artists from this area that have
achieved musical success, but now local tribute acts are making their
mark. Badness, The ELO Experience and Miss Madonna have all received
recognition at The National Tribute Awards. Leanne Brown has been to see
what's life is like on the road impersonating the stars.
They've got thousands of fans and their gigs regularly sell out at
venues arcos the UK. This is Badness from Hull. We base the show around
the music, how good the music was and how catchy, and put the show
across as ourselves, six lads from Hull.
Although they do have their own unique style, this is the band
they're paying tribute to ` Madness ` and you could say their life is
equally as glamourous. This is their world famous tour bus. It is the
original first ever purpose`built tour bus. It is carried a lot of
stars over the years. Status quo, the wonder stuff, like ` ` black
sabbath, the beastie boys. The band have been named the best
Madness and ska band in the UK at the National Tribute Awards. Miss
Madona from East Yorkshire was also recognised and The ELO experience
from Hull. Whoever your favourite band is, there's a tribute.
Organisers of Europe's biggest tribute festival say it's a great
alternative. I think some of them are better than the real thing. One
of the things today is the affordability. It costs a lot of
money to see the bigger bands. You can probably see some of the top
tribute bands for ?5 ?10, is great, and you get a really good show.
Back on the tour bus, the outfits are ready for their gig on the south
coast this weekend. These are the press cuttings the band has had in
the papers over the years. These are the new suit. They still smell of
newsprint. The band say they have no plans to
give up the act. That would be pure madness.
I wonder what it is about East Yorkshire getting on the tribute
acts. Well done to them all. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines The end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth as
defence company BAA cuts jobs across the country. Hopes to create an
education Centre at this unique wartime ruin asset`backed by a
planning decision this afternoon in Hull.
That wartime ruin comes with a big response. Karen says, there is not
enough content to preserve, move on. Angie says, having two children, I
think the building should be made safe and used for education
purposes, especially as World War II is studied in depth from primary
school onwards. It is a huge response. Sarah says, if it is so
significant, why has it taken over 60 years for anyone to even try and
do something with it? Colin says, Peter, this is a no`brainer.
Preservation of this site and construction of a memorial garden
will create a valuable and important Herut ` ` heritage site. Another
one, this site should be preserved. An interesting one, I am a Hull man
serving in Belgium, this site must be preserved to tell an important
historical story about the great. In Belgium, tens of thousands of people
pay good money to walk around trenches and understand history
better. Thank you for those. Join me on the radio tomorrow if you can.