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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Michael Collie and Suzanne


Virdee. The headlines tonight: The Queen honours Midlands soldiers who


have served in Afghanistan. finer moment for a soldier, than to


have his medal given to him, by his sovereign. And Her Majesty


remembers the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Relief


for the school where the threat of closure has finally been lifted.


And seconds out for the footballers facing a different kind of pre-


season training. Good evening and welcome to Wednesday's Midlands


Today from the BBC. Tonight, the Queen honours West Midlands


soldiers who fought on the front line in Afghanistan and remembers


those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Her Majesty presented


medals to 15 soldiers at Lichfield Cathedral before visiting the


National Memorial Arboretum to commemorate the lives of 112


military personnel killed during 2010. Was corporate, our stature


reporter, joins us now. -- Liz Copper our Staffordshire reporter.


The Queen began the day at Lichfield Cathedral. As she arrived


at this ancient cathedral close, there was a Guard of Honour are to


greet the Queen. First she presented medals to members of the


Royal Murcia and Lancastrian Yeomanry, men who had left civilian


jobs for the front line in Afghanistan. Absolutely amazing. I


never thought I would ever make the Queen. It is absolutely fantastic.


It is a huge honour for her Majesty to present operational service


medals for Afghanistan. The Majesty is our Colonel-in-Chief and it has


a huge privilege that she has come along to see us. This was a service


of thanksgiving, after the regiment's five-month tour of duty.


It is a tremendous event for the regiment. You can feel a regimental


lift when her Majesty comes to visit us. It is one of those


moments in time when you walk -- which you will remember forever.


is a chance for the Queen to meet families, those who are relieved at


the return of the regiment. Today has also been about recognising the


sacrifices of servicemen and women who did not make it home. Within


the walls of the armed forces Memorial, an annual commemoration,


a service to pay tribute to the 112 members of British armed forces


killed on duty last year. Their names inscribed into the Portland


stone. Amongst them, Staff Sergeant Brett Lindley. This weekend was the


first anniversary of his death. think you are the only one until


you come to these events and then you realise that a lot of other


people have the same torment at that we have. There have never been


in quite so many in one year, so you know that everyone else is


suffering the same as you. You know that other parents have had to


suffer. This was a day dedicated to honouring those who have risked


their lives, or given their lives, in the line of duty. We are joined


by a representative of the Memorial arboretum. This means so much to so


many families who come to see their loved ones names dedicated. And in


the Queen seemed visibly moved during parts of the ceremony.


think we were all visibly moved and her Majesty was also moved. It is a


very special day and hopefully it will bring some of the families an


element of closure to have the name of their loved one on the wall, and


they can move on with their lives. What do the families tell you about


the importance of the Queen coming here for the ceremony? The Queen


shows national recognition of the importance of their loss, so having


her Majesty here, as the head of state, mean so much to them. And a


big day for the arboretum? Yes, we do not often have the sovereign


come here, and it is wonderful that she was able to grace us with her


presence. And it was clear what a moving ceremony it was, for


everybody. It is a lovely ceremony with an element of pomp, and an


element of real humility. And in the final part when people Olay


their brief, there is a great deal of sadness, but also happiness and


trying to move on, and fond memories as well. Thank you for


joining us on what has been a very poignant, memorable day in


Staffordshire. The Still ahead on Midlands Today: the lost musical


scores that lit up the golden era of silent films. A decision to


close four Shropshire schools was confirmed by councillors this


afternoon. But the threat of closure hanging over three other


schools was lifted. The situation arose because Shropshire currently


has nearly 3,000 fewer pupils than went to school six years ago. And


that means �10 million a year less from the Government. One of the


schools that will stay open is Lydbury North, but the future will


be very different as it forges closer links with another school.


Joanne Writtle reports. Lydbury North School in south Shropshire


has just 36 pupils. 11 miles away in Onibury, is Onny School, with 50


children. And today pupils from Onny came to Lydbury North for a


music workshop - and to celebrate becoming a so-called federation.


The two schools will share a governing body and other resources.


They will retain two headteachers and two sites. We have lots of


exciting plans and place, but joint visits, and I am seeking planning


from different teachers. Children from the two schools enjoyed


playtime together today. Their schools will maintain independence


and receive individual budgets. There are no plans for job cuts


Foster b have identified ways of saving money by sharing resources


more effectively, shearing purchasing arrangements and


practical ways of working together, making effective savings, bring


together, things that we had been doing separately. In February we


filmed campaigners from Onny School heading to Shropshire Council to


protest against closure plans. Today the children were celebrating


their reprieve. I am glad that our school is not closing, because I


have lived in the school for half of my life, and it would be a real


shame. It is a really good idea that we get to share our work and


we get to have the same kind of work, and I think it will be really


fun. It's hoped teachers will travel between the two schools to


share expertise in subjects. Onny and Lydbury North schools say one


of the ways they'll save money is by sharing coaches for school trips.


Shropshire Council has made tough decisions on school closures. But


it says it would like to see more federations. We believe that


federations, for our schools, is the best way we can deliver a


quality education. It's early days in this unusual arrangement. But


when children returned to Onny this afternoon, they continued to


celebrate - this time with a pirate theme. If you want to know the


details of the threatened schools, you can find those on the BBC


Shropshire website. A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder


after a 72 year old woman was found dead at her home in Birmingham.


Police were called to a house in the Harborne area of the city last


night. A 44 year-old man who was arrested at the scene is being


assessed in hospital. West Midlands Police say they're treating it as a


domestic incident. Staff from Severn Trent Water have been


holding a demonstration outside the company's AGM in Birmingham. They


were protesting against proposals to close the company's final salary


pension scheme. The union Unison says it's currently balloting


around 1,000 staff members, asking whether they're willing to take


industrial action over the change. This is a highly profitable company


with a turnover of �1.7 billion last year, and it is still seeking


to end final-salary pension schemes. We cannot accept that. This is


about protecting the long-term financial sustainability of the


business. We see increasing volatility in the pensions market,


people are living longer, so we have to do something about at that


to protect the company in future. The future of the NHS is the topic


of debate tonight as the public and decision-makers come face to face


in Worcester.The debate's been organised by BBC Hereford and


Worcester - and in the audience will be three brothers who are


concerned that care in the NHS is being eroded after the death of


their father. Sarah Falkland reports. The Kelly brothers were so


appalled at what they perceived to be a lack of care at the


Worcestershire Royal, they worked out a a shift system so they could


care for their Dad 24/7. Retired farmer Frank Kelly was admitted


with a stroke last November. It was very unfair to be good nurses that


we met, to be running the walk on their own for a whole shift, from


seven in the morning until 4 o'clock in the afternoon, on their


own, the only trained nurse on the ward. Very often. The stroke took


Mr Kelly's sight. His family say he was often dehydrated and couldn't


see his meals to eat. There was no urgency for my father at all and


that is why we stay 24 hours a day, between myself and my brothers, to


make sure that he did get what he needed at the time he needed it.


The hospital failed its Care Quality Commission test on dignity


and depression. The hospital said it takes patient care extremely


seriously and it was to reassure the public that all areas of the


laws that will are assessed on a daily basis for staff requirements.


It goes on to say that wants to make sure that staff have the time


to spend directly caring for patients, and, with that in mind,


it has reduced the amount of audits that they have to complete. The


hospital has passed its latest care quality inspection, but the Kelly


family say much more needs to be done. There are too many people in


suits, head people, instead of people out there with everyone, to


get a good job done, and to care for the people that need care.


Sarah is in Mr ahead of the debate tonight. There is concern about the


changes the Government wants to push through. That is probably an


understatement. Some critics say that what Andrew Lansley wants to


do is remodel the NHS based on greed rather than need. We can talk


to Richard Taylor, who is on the panel tonight. We had Matthew Kelly


saying in my package that there are too many men in suits in the NHS,


not enough doing the job. Would you agree? I would agree to earn a


certain extent. You need the right number of good managers, but nurses


and doctors are crucial. Even the Royal College of Nursing, in the


last few days, has been reported as forecasting there are going to be


100,000 less nurses in the next 10 years. That could be a disaster.


The Health Secretary is trying to cut bureaucracy and hand more power


to GPS, and making hospital super competitive. Is that the right


thing to do? I have no objection in principle to giving GPs more power


which could be done within existing primary care trust structures, but


I object to the stress and competition because health care is


not a commodity that response to competition. Certainly, there are


some aspects where the private sector could do things perhaps a


little better, but if they cherry- pick and take away the cheaper


things from a hospital service, then the hospital service could


fall down. I am very concerned that to be written Bill does not make it


clear that the Secretary of State has a duty to provide a


comprehensive health service across the entire country. Do you fear for


its future? I fear very much for the future of the NHS unless Andrew


Lansley's plans are changed dramatically. We're off to that


meeting now with the cameras. We will have a report on that that


beat in our late bulletin, starting at pains 20 5:00pm. And there will


be highlights on Friday at 6 o'clock. -- at 10:25pm. Midlands


companies are looking to cash in on links with Jamaica as the country's


track and field team heads to Birmingham ahead of the London 2012


Olympics. Britain already does �46 million of export trade with the


Caribbean Island. But are other opportunities on the horizon? In


the the second of our reports on Jamaican Connections, our Arts and


culture reporter Satnam Rana looks at how local businesses are gearing


up for 2012. Take Birmingham, invite the world's fastest runner


Usain Bolt and the rest of the Olympic Jamaican track and field


team to trains here and - they're the perfect ingredients for


boositing business. Wade Lyn started a Jamaican pattie company


in 1988. Today his firm turns over �2.2 million. He's even developing


a new Jamaican crust in time for London 2012. For our business, it


is the ideal time to promote what we call our Jamaican heritage, to


increase what I call the profile of our food, culture and music.


what opportunities does he see for business in the year ahead?


monetary value is quite significant. We will probably grow by 10% in the


next 12 months, with the Jamaican team being here, but, also, trying


to promote Jamaican food to the wider British public. Over 300


companies in the Midlands have won contracts for the Olympic Games,


but with Birmingham hosting the Jamaican track and field team,


could this be the moment to capitalise on international trade?


One firm hoping to cash in is Firmin's of Birmingham. It has been


serving those who serve since 1655, making military uniforms. They're


hoping to build upon trade they do with the Jamaican Minstry of


Justice. Already worth tens of thousands of pounds. If you think


of Jamaica providing room for the Royal Navy, we have been providing


badges for them since before the days of Lord Nelson. There are long


conditions -- long and traditional connections between Jamaica and the


United Kingdom. And for others like Wade Lyn, 2012 is the perfect year


to build upon his passion to bring a taste of Jamaica to British


society. Somebody missed their lunch. You could almost smell them!


We can stay with the idea of food and drink. Still ahead : we are off


to the orchards, where apple crops have fallen, but cider sales are


rising. And it is mid-July, but I'm not sure you would believe that,


looking out of the window. I will have details of when we expect the


sun to come out of hiding later in It was the thought of all that sun


and cider. Long lost musical scores dating back to the golden era of


silent films have been unearthed by staff at Birmingham's Central


Library. The unexpected treasures were found in a basement by staff


preparing for the move to a new purpose-built library in 2013. As


Bob Hockenhull reports, the collection includes music used as a


theme tune for the legendary Charlie Chaplin. In the depths of


Birmingham's library, cinematic delights have been uncovered.


Scattered along the forgotten shelves, around 500 silent movie


scores, believed to be Britain's largest collection. With the advent


of talking cinema, this music was so much waste paper, and much of it


is being thrown away. The fact that we have 500 sets of parts of this


music, it is partly the sheer quantity that is of interest.


the collection -an example of music being composed specifically for a


star rather than the action, in this case - the legendary Charlie


Chaplin. The collection reveals that musical directors could choose


from a range of scores, reflecting moods and action to stop for


example, we have titles such as Help, help, desperation, and


Supreme Pearl, presumably suitable music for an action film or horror


movie. Guest pianist Ben Dawson opened this week's City of


Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Film Music Festival with the newly


discovered. Those things we regard as cliche now started off back in


the 1910s and 1920s, with music written for silent film. British


music publishers were sending out reams and reams Of Music, to be


played by the orchestras that cinema has could afford. As the


preparations continue for the move to Birmingham's new Library in 2013,


who knows what other gems will be uncovered? Very clever. I think


they might do that at the Black Country Museum. Now, what happens


when twenty footballers go head to head with a former British boxing


champion? The answer is they're taught a serious lesson in extreme


fitness. That's what happened when Burton Albion's squad were shown


how to punch above their weight in a work out with Birmingham boxer


Wayne Elcock. This is a boxercise session on a different scale.


Upsound boxing and punching Former british middleweight champion Wayne


Elcock is getting Burton Albion's footballers into shape. It's not


long before his intense work out is almost causing burn out. Someone


who is taking to the punches though is big defender Darren Moore. He's


got heavyweight potential. When I stop the football, I can start with


the boxing gloves. I take my hat off to all the boxers. The manager


says that this is also about group dynamics. There is the camaraderie,


with the lads egging each other on, that is an important part of the


season, making sure that you players come in and integrate to


the group. Them using his operas, from Gillingham, and Cleveland


poorer, who says he is happy to be back after a long spell -- loan


spell two seasons ago. I feel really settled and I am looking


forward to the season ahead. Everyone has been really well


coming and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully, we will have


a successful season. Birmingham born boxer Elcock has been at the


top of his sport. But after setting up his new Box Clever business last


year - he says the reward from that has given him a new lease of life.


I cool that I have found my mission for after I have finished boxing.


He hasn't retired yet but for the time being - putting professionals


through their paces is certainly something he'll go the distance for.


Just watching that makes me feel tired! Cider Sales are soaring -


which is good news for our cider makers and orchard owners. In


Herefordshire, Westerns cider alone is looking to plant an extra 1000


acres of trees. And that's also good news for wildlife as our


Environment Correspondent David Gregory has been finding out. And


he joins us now from the sharp end of the cider industry. It's not all


good news for the industry this year, is it David? The cold weather


at the beginning of the Year has harmed the apple crop, but it turns


out that all jobs are very good for wildlife here in the Midlands. As I


found out at a special event today. This is a traditional Herefordshire


orchard complete with heritage of cattle. Ancient trees, never


sprayed with chemicals, so organic. And teeming with wildlife. A couple


of years ago, the map provided 75 different species of moths, when


tested. These apples are destined for Western's cider, and the boss


of the company popped down the road to the UK's first meeting of Cider


makers and wildlife experts. It is all part of hear that culture's


year of the orchard. -- Herefordshire's Year of the orchard.


This is an illustrated guide to all the apples and pears of the county,


by Thomas Knight. And it is absolutely gorgeous. It is unlikely


that Thomas night envisaged the modern boom in cider production.


Can the orchards here be wildly friendly? There is more space for


wildlife but in the commercial bridge or jobs, they might


appertain in grass margins, and a mix of seeds, to encourage wildlife


into the orchard. It has taken some time, but orchards are finally


gaining their reputation at they dessert, as he wins for wildlife.


Now, the Elan Frost did for the apple crop, but all of this rain is


leading to a bumper crop later in the year, so things are evening out.


Good news if you enjoy a pint of cider. Cider makers would like a


bit more sunshine so that they can make more of the staff, -- and


because people drink more of the stuff, when it is a bit sunnier.


Don't forget, we have the British weather Show, at 7:30pm, on BBC One.


Time now for the weather forecast. I can promise you some sun. But it


Her I am calling it an autumnal summer's day today! We're expecting


to see skies clearing a little this evening a. Some exciting things


happening in the sky - we saw that funnel cloud at Leamington Spa. And


we would love to get more of your pictures, too. There have been a


few showers around. We expect those two Clear, with temperatures not


dipping all that low, down to around 12 Celsius, just a touch


milder than last night. Tomorrow, we expect to see some brightness


and some scattered showers. Probably the heaviest of this


showers in the north, in the south, a little more sunshine. That will


affect temperatures, warmer in the south than in the know. Going into


Thursday night, and on Friday, we have some high-pressure beginning


to build. Low temperatures tomorrow night, a round then. It looks like


high pressure is going to win over the weekend. That is good news,


because it means that even through Sunday, it might be dry and bright.


And that bears out the temperatures, with highs of 21 Celsius. We have


not seen anything like that for a few days. There is a special


programme tonight celebrating the 50th anniversary of regional


television programmes, including a Pebble Mill, which had become a


global success story. Here is a question - do you know who was the


first ever presenter of Top Gear? This is a pretty good programme,


let's have it on the network, suddenly the programme I was asked


to do in the region again, an idea that came from a regional producer,


made by original production team, was catapulted onto the network.


And just look what happened to Top Gear, now! The answer to the


question if you have not guessed, it is BBC news presenter, Angela


Rippon. Everyone thinks the first presenter of Top Gear was Jeremy


Clarkson, but it was me! Before we leave you, we can look at the


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