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Hello, and welcome to the lunchtime Look North.

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The medical advances that mean Margaret has lived to see

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And celebrating the film industry up north and the millions it brings

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17 years ago, a group of patients with a rare blood cancer were given

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But thanks to a clinical trial which doctors in Newcastle helped

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lead in the year 2000, many have lived to see children grow

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And some are now thought to be cured - something doctors

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at the city's Freeman Hospital never thought possible.

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The long-term results of the trial have just been accepted

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for publication and patients have spoken exclusively

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I think I just thought there wasn't another option, really.

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I think 17 years later, it never occurred to me I'd still be alive.

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It never occurred to me I'd see my family grow up.

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I thought probably by 50, I would be dead.

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Even if he had been alive and been a match,

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I would have been too old to have a bone

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I would have danced with the devil to have extra time.

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I've seen seven grandchildren being born.

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Can't believe I would have lasted for 17 years

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and that the disease would have gone.

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You know, without research, half the patients with this disease

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would have died after five years and now they have

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So it's painful and expensive to do research.

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I feel very lucky, very blessed, to have been

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in Newcastle at the time when they were offering this option.

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For the most part, people go on the drugs that I'm

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on and within a few months, six months, they're back to normal.

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And you can see more on Look North at 6:30pm,

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including the next stage of research - which promises to be

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Cumbrian school pupils are being encouraged to consider

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careers in the county's emergency services.

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Paramedics, police officers and NHS staff are hosting two careers events

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where more than 600 pupils will get the chance to take part

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Megan Paterson sent us this report from Workington.

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Inside this bag, lots of things that could help save your life,

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help make your journey in the back of an ambulance to hospital

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that little bit easier, and this is just one of the bits

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of kit that the pupils here are going to get to see today

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Lauren Watson, you're a paramedic here.

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You're going to be chatting to the kids.

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What sort of things are you going to be sharing with them today?

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Well, we want to encourage people in the local area to come

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and join us in the North West Ambulance Service.

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We believe that the future of our workforce is here and we'd

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like to keep our paramedics and technicians in Cumbria if we can.

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We know in Cumbria that it is sometimes difficult to get people

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What are you hoping that the kids take away from today?

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We hope they'll be inspired by lots of things that we do.

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We're going to show them a few different things.

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We're going to show them how to do CPR and put airways in and show them

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the different kit that we carry and explain about all the different

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It's not just paramedics and technicians.

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We've got lots of urgent care, patient transport staff

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and lots of other jobs you wouldn't even consider.

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Well, I love helping people, I love the patients.

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My role in Cumbria is a community-based role.

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It is to increase survival rates of cardiac arrest so I'm out

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there in the community and I get to meet lots of people,

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engage with lots of people, every single day.

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So, Lauren is one of many emergency services staff who are here today

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to share a bit of their passion and hopefully encourage young people

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in Cumbria to consider a career in the emergency services.

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A report into severe flooding in York during Christmas 2015 has

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concluded the decision to open the Foss Barrier was correct.

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More than 600 properties were flooded,

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but a review panel found the action was the best option available.

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The report makes 85 recommendations for ways the city

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Football, and Sunderland have made their first January signing.

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As expected, he's Joleon Lescott, who's joined the Black Cats

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The 34-year-old defender, who spent three years

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with David Moyes at Everton, has put pen to paper on a deal

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until the end of the season after being released by AEK Athens.

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A new charity is aiming to build top-class sporting

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facilities in Berwick which will serve both the local

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The Berwick Stadium Trust has found land near East Ord, which it hopes

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to develop to inspire a future generation of sporting youngsters.

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As well as artificial pitches indoor and out,

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there would be a gymnastics hall, multi sports courts and a full

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We've got an option on the site here, which is a fantastic location,

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straight off the Berwick bypass, and we're at the stage now

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of working from an idea on a piece of paper to making it reality.

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It's taken quite a long time just to get to this stage,

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so I wouldn't be deluded enough to think it's going to happen

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immediately, but already there's been a bit of a groundswell of

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And all it takes is the right people to speak to each other to start

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How many times have you heard the expression that such and such

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a town or city is the Hollywood of the North or the East,

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Well as Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake gears up for the final lap

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of the awards season, it's worth remembering

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From Stormy Monday to Hebburn, The Likely Lads to

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It's an incredibly gritty and authentic film

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Get Carter, one of the all-time gangster greats.

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The feature film was shot on location in and around Newcastle.

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Released in 1971, it put the city on the cinematic map.

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This is where, literally, Michael Caine's ghost walks straight

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This is where Sting and Tommy Lee Jones walk

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That's where Mr James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, as Geordie Peacock,

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makes that last walk with Oasis playing in the background in

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With no film fund currently in place, the health of the film

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and television industry is purely down to the region's natural assets.

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In 2015, the region's film and TV industry generated about ?13 million

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And that's with no inward investment?

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And that's without inward investment.

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So just imagine what we could do if we had those funds again.

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Well, the future of the industry lies firmly

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Maybe a Geordie soap or a rom-com could be the answer to its prayers!

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You can catch that full report tonight. Now to the weather. It is

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getting colder. Here is Abbie Dewhurst.

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It's quite a cloudy picture out there for most but it's

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There will be some sunshine to be enjoyed for parts of North Yorkshire

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but we'll just take a quick look at the pressure chart,

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showing our wind direction coming in from the South West.

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Quite light, I think, for most of the afternoon,

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but they will change as we head through the next few days.

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They will swing round to a southerly overnight Wednesday into Thursday,

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so pulling up some very cold air from the near continent

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But, for this afternoon, a fair bit of cloud,

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quite thick, low cloud, over parts of Cumbria

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and here we could see the odd spot of drizzle.

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But, elsewhere, part of North Yorkshire along the east

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It's still feeling very cold, though, despite the sunshine.

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So, through this evening and overnight, it's going to be

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quite a cloudy picture, certianly at first.

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A few spits and spots of rain just over higher ground but elsewhere,

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As we head through to the early hours of tomorrow morning,

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We'll see some breaks in the cloud and therefore the risk of a few

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patches of fog forming, particularly over higher ground

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but not quite as dense or as widespread as some

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We will start the day tomorrow with a fair bit of cloud, yes,

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but some brighter spells developing as we head through the morning,

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certainly for parts of the North East.

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In that wind, it is going to feel quite chilly, swinging

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round from a south-west to a southerly, so highs tomorrow

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of seven or eight Celsius, but the feel factor is going to be

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But speaking of cold, Thursday may well feel

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like the coldest day of winter so far.

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That southerly wind pulling up some very cold air

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from the near continent and it is going to feel bitter.

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I had a horrible feeling I was tempting fate earlier in the week by

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saying how mild it had been this winter! That's it from the lunchtime

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team. Have a good afternoon. We're back at 6:30pm. Until then, bye-bye.

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