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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.


Take care.


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