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military activity in the area tonight. That is all from us,

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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight: The

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father hoping for changes to immigration laws which could mean

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he's reunited with his family. It is painful, it is not good. I am sure

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30,000 other people would totally agree with me.

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A council becomes the first Conservative`run authority in East

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Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to increase council tax.

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Why this man's role in World War I earned him a place in the record

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books. The '80s pop star who's swopped Top

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of the Pops for an East Yorkshire classroom.

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It is the first meteorological data Spring tomorrow. Join later in the

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programme for the details. A Lincolnshire man who can't bring

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his wife and children to live in the UK could benefit form a legal

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challenge to immigration rules. Steven Hodgkin from Stamford met his

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partner in Thailand and they have two daughters. But the Home Office

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has turned down his visa request for them saying he can't prove he earns

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enough money to support them. Now a challenge to those Home Office rules

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could see his family and thousands of others reunited. Gemma Dawson

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reports. Photos from his recent trip to China. `` to Thailand. This the

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first time Steven had seen his family in two and a half years and

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the first time he'd ever met his youngest daughter. Now back home in

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Stamford, Steven is missing his girls. It is painful. You have to

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deal with it. Steven told me his partner Aeerat's visa application

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was refused because he was told he had insufficient funds to support

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her. Under the current rules, only British citizens or those with

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refugee status who earn at least ?18,600 a year can sponsor their

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non`European spouse's visa. This rises to ?22,400 for families with a

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child, and a further ?2,400 for each extra child. The government says

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restriction like this are needed to help them meet their pledge of

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reducing migration from outside EU. Figures published yesterday suggest

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it's falling. Where we have direct cleavers on the non`EQ, we are

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seeing continual force, down by 12%. Next week, the Home Office will

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appeal a judge's recommendation to reduce the salary requirement to

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?13,000 a year. For Steven, a lower limit would help. It should be OK.

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It is early days, I am starting a new business. Hopefully, it'll OK.

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But it might be quite high for a lot of people on the minimum wage.

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Earlier, I managed to speak to Steven's partner Areerat from

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Thailand. She told me she just wants her family reunited. I want him to

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take care of his family. Steven's now saving for his next trip to

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Thailand. But it could be another six months before he sees his family

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again. Earlier, I spoke to the immigration

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lawyer Vijay Jagadesham. I asked him if families should be separated

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because a partner doesn't earn enough money. Absolutely not. It is

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not a question of these individuals not earning enough money. British

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citizens want to bring over their families, they earn more than the

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minimum wage income but because it is below ?18,600, they cannot bring

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them over. The minimum wage income is more than enough. These

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individuals want to look after their families, their children, it is not

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a question of them not owning enough. But the government is trying

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to keep migrant numbers down, isn't that why the figure is set where it

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is? They are doing it in the wrong way. They are targeting British

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citizens who want to bring their wife, their children over, and to

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penalised individuals for what I think is an ill thought out and ill

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considered page to bring down migration numbers is not the right

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way to approach this issue. The recent figures have gone down for

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outside of the EU. They go up again if the salary was brought down to

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13,000? not necessarily. It seems the figures have gone down because

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less students are coming here, that is potentially bad for our economy,

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universities will be receiving less revenue. These families coming over

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would not be a burden on the state, they would be hamming `` coming over

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here to working families. They would also not be allowed to access

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benefits or anything like that, they would just be here with their

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families. The spouses here would have to provide for them. We're not

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talking about a burden on the state at all. And for some families,

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heartbreaking. absolutely. You hear very sad glory is about children,

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reduces and children who cannot be with their mother, their father,

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because of these ill thought out and ill considered rules. Thank you.

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We want to hear from you on this story. Should the amount of money

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you need to earn before your family can move here be lowered? Maybe you

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think it doesn't matter how much you earn? Your thoughts on this one.

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The leader of North Kesteven District Council has defended the

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decision to raise council tax, becoming the first Conservative`run

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authority in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to go against the

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government's advice. Bosses say the increase of almost 2% will help keep

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vital services open. Jake Zuckerman has more. This centre in North

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Hykeham opened in 1994 and said the council is long overdue face`lift.

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We are looking to refurbish this leisure centre which will have an

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improved reception area, cafeteria, new fitness gyms, larger studio

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space. It is one of the products the Council would like to spend money

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on. The government has called on councils to freeze their council tax

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bills but last night, Conservative run Northcutt Stevan chose to ignore

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the advice and raised next year's bills by 1.3%. we don't always

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follow the government line simply because they say so. We try to do

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what is best for this district and for the residents. The council says

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it has made savings by changing the way it leg`spins but to maintain

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services, it has raise council tax. The District Council says their

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planned increase in council tax is modest and that they do have one of

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the cheapest levels of council tax in the country but here on this

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streets of North Hykeham, not everyone is convinced by that

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argument. I'm not very happy with it. Other councils can keep their

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tax down, why can't they? It is terrible. It doesn't worry me too

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much. This will add between ?2 ten and ?2 70 a year on bills. The

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council was offered a government grant of ?48,000 in return for

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freezing council tax but that is for one year only. The 1.3% tax increase

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gives the district and extra ?93,000 every year. The council remains

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unrepentant, saying this decision is the right one for people in North

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can Steven. `` North Kesteven. Jake is in North Hykeham. Jake, how

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do the Conservative run council defend going against the

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government's advice? The defence is that it is simply the right thing to

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do. They say that if they keep on freezing their council tax, their

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finances will fall behind inflation. They say they will be forced to

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raise council tax to catch up and if that happened, it would be a much

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larger jump which would prove more painful in the long run. All

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councils are expecting less money from the government at the next

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couple of years and this is not the only council in Lincolnshire to

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raise its council tax next year but it is the only Conservative run

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authority to go down this route. With a talking about council tax on

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the programme last night after Hull City Council voted to increase the

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amount of people `` the amount that he will have

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It is one of the big stories we have been talking about. If you have a

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few, send us an e`mail. A bridge linking two sides of Boston

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town centre has been officially opened. Around 30 children were the

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first to cross the bridge, which cost three quarters of a million

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pounds. But it will now be closed again temporarily while a handrail

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and lighting is fitted. This project has been some time in coming. It

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represents a huge investment of money into Boston and it also

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delivers something that says a lot more about the town, it is linking

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the two areas of the town, it is through place in what was here with

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something very proud of it. The Humber port operator ABP is to

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continue its objection to an offshore wind manufacturing centre

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being proposed by a rival company ABLE UK. ABP has now sent a petition

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to Parliament raising concerns about ABLE UK's Marine Energy Park near to

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Immingham which was given planning permission last December. It's

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claimed the Marine Energy Park could create more than 4,500 jobs.

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A direct rail service between Cleethorpes and Kings Cross could be

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running by 2017. GNER has announced its applied to operate a new direct

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express train service on the East Coast main line. It would mean up to

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four trains a day to Cleethorpes via Scunthorpe and Grimsby, restoring

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direct links to the captial. Watching.

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Still ahead tonight: After a dramatic draw last time out Hull KR

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look for their first Super League win of the season.

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The '80s pop star who's signed up an East Yorkshire school choir as his

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backing singers. Lots of people last night spotted

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the Northern Lights. I was not one of them but we have some fantastic

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pictures. Three of the best once the night.

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Thank you very much indeed for those. Let's get the forecast now.

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Thank you very much indeed for those. Let's get the forecast It

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could be possible. There will be some cloud spots further north. For

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the weekend, it will be fairly chilly. We are looking at the risk

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of overnight frost. Plenty of sunshine tomorrow, the risk of a few

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showers and it turns wet and windy later as we had through Sunday. The

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area of low pressure could give us a few showers tomorrow but it relies

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on this next area of low pressure which sweeps through Sunday evening

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and that will introduce a spell of wet and windy weather. We had a fair

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bit of cloud across the `` Lincolnshire. This evening, the odd

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isolated shower but they will be few and far between. There will be some

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clearer spells and where we hold onto those spells, we are looking at

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a touch of frost. There could be a few patches of mist and fog.

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Temperatures down to freezing. Tomorrow morning, the sun will rise

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at 651 `` 6:51am. These are the high water times. The chilly start of the

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day tomorrow morning. Any mist and fog patches will quickly clear. For

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most, barely dry, variable cloud, every is the risk of an occasional

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isolated shower, especially as we had through the afternoon. A little

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bit of a chilly field to the day despite it being the first major

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article day of spring. `` first meteorological. Generally the chilly

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field the day. As we had through Sunday, cloudy start. The winds. To

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pick up later through the afternoon into the evening, a spell of wet

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weather. It's hoped the centenary of World

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War I will help get recognition for a man from Lincolnshire whose role

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in the conflict earned him a place in the record books. William

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Robertson from Welbourn was the only man to rise through every rank in

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the army. And as Caroline Bilton reports, he came from humble

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beginnings. In 1887, young man set forth from this glitch. We are

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taking you to Lincoln. Today, that city honours this great soldier.

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This is the man they're honouring ` Sir William Robertson ` the only man

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to rise through all the ranks in the army from Private to Field Marshall.

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He came from here ` the tiny village of Welbourn in Lincolnshire, son to

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the local postmaster. Over 3,000 people attended his

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memorial held at Lincoln cathedral in 1934 ` a mark of how highly he

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was regarded. Today, though, few know of the man who became the

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brains behind the army. This is an album put together by my grandmother

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about him. His full of clippings from throughout the war and before

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the war. This is one of him with the king. In the village where he grew

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up is the school which bears his name and today William Robertson's

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great grandson has come to visit to learn more about his grandfather's

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humble beginnings. How does it feel to be his great`grandson? Is amazing

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to have someone like that in your family, to achieve someone ``

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something that no one else has done before, going from private to Field

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Marshal. But those achievements aren't shouted about in the village

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where he was born. Here it is, the house of your great grandfather.

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What do you know of his life here? There were nine siblings, only three

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bedrooms, and apparently, they would have kept a peak in the back and

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growing their own vegetables. Doesn't bring your family history to

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life Richard Mark yellow physically see this, it is bringing it to life.

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After World War I, William spent much of his time unveiling memorials

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like this one in Southampton. This rare footage gives us the chance to

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hear his voice. In memory of 1855 men, women and boys who, for the

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sake of their country and their homes, gave all they had to give,

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their lives. But one memorial had particular resonance. After the war,

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he returned to his home village to unveil this memorial. He had

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unveiled many before but this has significance because he knew the men

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whose names were carved on this stone, he had grown up with them, he

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had gone to school with them, and here he was meeting the mothers of

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those men who had died under his leadership. He was a man who had

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sensitivities as well as having this resolution to climb the Army ladder.

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I think there is more to the man than simply being this soldier and

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strategist, I think he sold `` saw the human side of the story equally

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well. Sadly, through time, Sir William Robertson has become a

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forgotten figure of World War I. It's hoped this centenary his

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achievements will be remembered once more. It is pleasing to me to know

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that people will be talking about him, showing an interest and today,

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I met people and saw a school named after him. His memory is still

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alive. Fascinating. If you want to hear more stories from the home

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front, go to the BBC website. Hull Kingston Rovers play the Super

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League leaders Castleford seeking their first winds of the season

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tonight. In what's been a troubled week for the game, with Bradford

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Bulls losing points for going into administration, Rovers played their

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part in the game of last week by securing a dramatic point at

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Huddersfield. With news of the Robins and Hull FC's prospects at

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Warrington, here's Simon Clark. The British game needed a boost and in

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some ways, whole Kingston Rovers provided it. Rovers showed that grit

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and determination to come from 24`6 down to tie a game with

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Huddersfield. With Bradford Bulls facing an uncertain future, the

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sport is under the microscope. One of Rovers new recruits is impressed

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by the competition. and thought they were pretty good. The competition is

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strong. There are some big players over here. It has been pretty

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tough, actually. There is a belief from the boys that they can compete

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against quality sides and is it is up to us to carry that on. Hull FC

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played well in parts. Overall, there were no complaints from their 34`22

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feet by St Helens. `` defeat. we have concentrated a lot on the

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attack in pre`season and I am sure once we see some of that desperation

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that we defended with last year, everybody buying into what we are

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doing, will be better for that. Little things we need to work on. We

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know we need to put things right and we are doing that this week,

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hopefully. This is a week additional `` rugby league would rather forget.

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Wigan were beaten in the World Cup challenge and then, the former

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champions Bradford City web. Points for going into Administration and

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the new owners threatened to point `` pull`out. Everybody in the

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condition was to put the last seven days behind them and get back to

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play. You can hear commentary of Hull KR's

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match on BBC Radio Humberside tonight. Kick`off is at 8pm. On

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Sunday, they will also have full commentary of Hull FC's visit to

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Warrington. They are on air from 2.30.

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Hull City boss Steve Bruce says they still need to win at least two more

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matches to ensure they avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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After beating Cardiff four`nil at the weekend, City are now six points

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clear of the drop zone. They go into tomorrow's game with an excellent

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record against north east clubs, and are hoping for a double against

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Newcastle. If we can beat them, we have now got 33 points with ten

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games to spare. That is a huge achievement and it puts us in a

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really strong position because I have always said that you need ten

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wins and if you get those, and newly promoted club, you are very

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unfortunate if you get relegated from that situation. You can hear

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commentary of that match on BBC Radio Humberside tomorrow.

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Scunthorpe United's trip to Newport will be also featured.

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He made his name with the band, the Christians in the eighties with hits

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including 'Ideal World' and 'Born Again.' More recently East Yorkshire

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musician Henry Priestman has enjoyed success with his debut solo folk

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album. On his latest record, he's worked with the gospel choir at

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Longcroft School in Beverley. They'll perform with him at a

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concert tomorrow night as Tolu Adeoye reports.

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Top of the Pops, 1987, the Christians perform on stage with

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Hull`born Henry Priestman on the keyboard. At a special concert this

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weekend ` he'll be sharing the stage with a few more people than usual.

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# I believe that life goes on. #. Pupils from Longcroft School in

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Beverley will perform a song they've recorded with him for his latest

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album. I did a workshop last year and accidentally got the choir to

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sing on a song of mine and it sounded so good, I thought I have

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got to have them on my album. They are print. The hairs on the back of

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your neck stand up. When they come in on the Corvus, it is brilliant.

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It has been an amazing X hearings, especially working with someone like

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Henry Chu is actually famous. It is great to spend time with a real

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musician. Green`macro it is it really interesting to be able to

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perform. And we got time off school so that was fun. Since the start of

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his career Henry's worked with the Sex Pistols and The Who, sold

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millions of albums with The Christians and enjoyed critical

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acclaim for his debut solo record. He now lives in Liverpool but says

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East Yorkshire will always be home. It feels great to come back to

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somewhere near where my mum lives and be with local kids, it is

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fantastic. They are giving me a leg up and I hope I am giving them a leg

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up. Tomorrow night's gig in Cherry Burton is a sell out ` and from the

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sound of the things those whov've managed to get a ticket are in for a

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top performance. Good luck to Henry and everyone

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involved. I am sure the pupils of Longcroft School will be tuned into

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night to see themselves on the television. So, good luck for

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tomorrow night. Let's get a recap of the national

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and regional headlines. Tension rise in Ukraine as men with guns and

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russian naval flags patrolling two airports. Russia is accused of an

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armed invasion. The Lincolnshire dad who hopes

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changes to immigration laws will mean he's reunited with his family.

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Tomorrow's weather ` any early mist will clear to leave a mostly dry and

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bright day with sunny spells. There could be a few scattered wintry

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showers. Highs of 7C (45F). So first day of spring. We have that

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story of Steven Hodgkin, separated from his partner. Very emotive

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messages here. People have asked why he doesn't move to Thailand. Another

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woman says myself and my daughter had not seen my husband in 15 months

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Chu to these new rules. 18,600 is too high. Where our our rights to

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family life? More families could be together if the figure was put down

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to 13,000. Someone else says if you enter a relationship with an non`EU

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national, you know how things can turn out. Someone else says I am

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incensed at how Steven Hodgkin are being treated. People from the EU

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can come over with no job, and with the house to live in. Someone else

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has ever young man isn't earning enough to allow his family to be

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with him, it says a lot about our government and their supposedly

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minimum wage. Thank you. Good

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