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Hello and welcome to the programme. Tonight the Midlands pays tribute


Nelson Mandela. From Soweto to Sparkbrook, the former South African


presidents legacy spans the miles and generations. I said "about


Nelson Mandela and this is what the quote was. A winner is a dreamer


that never gives up. Probably the greatest person I have ever met.


Basically, almost like a saint. We'll hear from those who met


Mandela and had their lives changed by him.


Also tonight: 2,500 new jobs ` digger maker JCB to invest ?150


million over five years. And after a stormy day yesterday, things have


settled down this weekend but it is not going to be completely dry.


Good evening. As the world unites in mourning the death of Nelson


Mandela, here in the Midlands people have been paying their own tributes


to South Africa's first black president. Although his last visit


here was 20 years ago, its impact has left a lasting legacy. In a


moment I'll be speaking to someone who met and was influenced by him.


But first, here's Bob Hockenhull. The name of Nelson Mandela will be


forever etched on the heart of these children. Their school in Sparkbrook


in Birmingham is named after him. 20 years ago, Mr Mandela was guest of


honour here. He actually came into my classroom, shook my hand, and


made the effort to speak to the children, which they really


appreciated, and so did I. At a special assembly today, the latest


generation celebrated the values of respect and responsibility inspired


by a world leader. I know he died yesterday, but I think he is still


here with us in assembly. I feel really proud. When I learn about


him, it is so inspiring and I feel like he is unique and the school is


unique to be named after such an amazing man. When Norse and Mandela


came, he left a picture, a photograph of himself, `` when


Nelson Mandela came. He wrote, to my school in Birmingham. He recognised


this school is special to him as much as he is special to us. Really


fantastic. You are my brothers and sisters, my children, my


grandchildren. And Birmingham is my home, as Soweto. Thank you. Nelson


Mandela invited the people of Birmingham to become part of his


extended family. Tony Kennedy, a dedicated anti`apartheid campaigner,


needed little persuading. He was instrumental in getting the school


named and also called one of his twin daughters after the leader. He


walked through the doors and came straight to us, we were with our mum


and dad behind us. He knelt down and spoke to us and gave us a cuddle,


and asked us what our names were. I told him he was `` I was named after


him. He gave us a kiss on the cheek each. Nelson Mandela also visited


Handsworth. Phillip Murphy, a city councillor, arranged the visit. He


came to Handsworth just because we said, local people would like to see


him. A man who was so busy, that sense of gratitude is something


which I feel most leaders have forgot. Former Midlanders who worked


in South Africa and met Nelson Mandela also fondly remembered the


leader today. Alan Bradley from Malvern cooked for Mr Mandela on a


number of occasions. They phone call one day, asking me if I could do a


VIP party. They wouldn't tell us who the VIP was. But when they said


there couldn't be broccoli on the menu, I knew it was Mr Mandela. And


while on an internal flight in South Africa, David Baker from Stourbridge


unexpectedly found himself sitting next to Mr Mandela and spent three


hours chatting with him. The man was compassionate, full of


grace, probably the greatest person that I have ever met. He was


basically... Almost like a saint. Flags were at half mast across the


Midlands Today. But as well as sadness, there was also pride that


the great leader made such a memorable visit to this region.


Huge crowds turned out to see Nelson Mandela when he visited Birmingham


in 1993. Just months before he became the first black president of


South Africa, he met with civic leaders, communities and


schoolchildren. One of those he met was Shane Ward, who saw him speak in


Handsworth. Brilliant. The best thing that could ever happen to


black people in this country, Mandela coming here and thanking us


for the support. And Shane is now the CEO of the West Bromwich African


Caribbean Resource Centre. He's with me now. Good evening. I have to say,


it is a fabulous shirt. It is a tribute to Mandela, you liked his


colourful shirts. What memories do you have of meeting him? I said, I


am not going to work today, hold my appointments, I am going to see


Mandela. I didn't have a ticket to get in but I had to make sure I got


in. Shared with us his vision for a nonracial South Africa. And he came


and he shook everybody's hand. I made sure he shook my hand and it


was brilliant. That clip of you 20 is a go, you were so euphoric. What


influence at that meeting have in your life? `` 20 years ago. It made


us realise that sometimes we think we have serious issues but that man


spent 20 years in prison. He came out and he was not then shall, she


just said we need to get on with peace. What have people been saying


to you today? My mum was crying but she said she was or so joyful ``


also joyful. She said he is next to Jesus in my eyes. That is how


important he was. It is joy but also sadness. Joy about the legacy he


left. As black people in this country, we always look to Africa


and America for ideals and Mandela, he was the top. What about that


legacy, how do we make sure that Mandela's legacy is continued? We


saw the pupils from the Nelson Mandela School. It is important that


we pass on the message and what it was about. The ANC were made up of


people from Africa, Asians, whites, they were across the board and we


need to remember that. They were all fighting for a just cause. You've


seen Pele play live and met Muhammad Ali ` where does meeting Mandela


rank? Dairy impressive, he is right there at the top. I would not want


to put people on different levels. `` very impressive. At the time I


met him, he was definitely the top. In a culture of overblown celebrity,


what sets Mandela apart? He is several worlds apart. The fact that


all the celebrities wanted to meet him shows the extremely was held in.


`` the esteem he was held in. To me personally, he was just brilliant,


such an influence on my life and I hope to pass it on to my children


and my grandchild now. Lovely to meet you. Thank you for sharing your


memories of meeting Nelson Mandela. Books of condolence have been opened


across the region ` including Coventry Cathedral, where special


prayers have been said throughout the day. Bob Hockenhull is there for


us this evening. Of course, Coventry has a particularly poignant


significance, being the City of Truth and reconciliation. It does.


That has been felt very keenly by the people here, judging by the


comments they have left in the book of condolence. Many people


contributing to that book. Joining me is the very Reverend John


Witcombe. You have actually spread that message from Coventry to South


Africa. Absolutely, we have an international community of the cross


of nails with over 160 partners across the world and some dozen


going back in South Africa to the late 50s, people who want to work


with our sport peace and reconciliation. `` work with us for


peace and reconciliation. We have had the book of remembrance and the


candle and photographed both here in the new cathedral. And also in the


ruins. That is a particularly poignant place for people to come


and commit themselves to peace and reconciliation in the world. Lots of


people have come in. We have had praise for our Friday litany we have


remembered not some Mandela and given thanks for his life `` had


prayers. Where we have remembered Nelson Mandela. We want to celebrate


his incredible life, and we are going to have a great service here


with the Bishop of Coventry, we hope lots of different people from


churches and beyond, to celebrate and make our own commitment to


celebrity his work for peace and reconciliation. His death has been


felt keenly by many people in Coventry.


Coming up later in the programme: Spreading the investment ` Britain's


biggest butter factory opens in Shropshire, creating 100 jobs.


2,500 jobs are to be created at the Staffordshire based digger maker


JCB. The company is putting ?150 million into the business over the


next five years ` the biggest investment in the company's history.


It plans to expand its current headquarters in Rocester, and build


two new factories at its sites in Uttoxeter and Cheadle. Sarah


Falkland has more. The production line stopped ` the


workforce waited. In came a cheery looking pair ` the chairman no


longer a sir but Lord Bamford. The Chancellor, fresh from his Autumn


Statement. You are a big part of that plan. Britain is moving again


and that is thanks to you. With 11 UK factories and 11 overseas, JCB is


now creating 2,500 new jobs here over the next five years ` all of


them in the chairman's home county. We started here. My family started


as blacksmiths here in 1820. We are still blacksmiths but we don't shoe


horses any more. I like the workforce here. We have a good


workforce. I started as an apprentice year. They are very good


people with a good work ethic. But it's not just good news for the


digger giant. For each job created here at JCB, it's estimated there


were a further three created in the supply chain. JCB say the


Government's commitment to improve the A50 has been a catalyst to


investment. More so, perhaps, the pull of emerging markets ` Africa,


indonesia and South America. But not all companies are recruiting. It was


only last week that npower announced it was outsourcing with the loss of


1,000 jobs in the region. For every jobbing loss, there are many more


being created at the moment. The British economy is moving forward.


Anyone who has lost their job, the best thing we can do is to make sure


there are opportunities to get a new job. Apprentices here have hopes of


more than just a job ` they want a long career. Knowing that they are


doing so well gives me a positive attitude. Cost the company is


growing and I would be able to stay within the company. By his own


admission, the Chancellor has much more to do ` to dig the country out


of the doldrums. ??NELWINE The biggest butter factory


in the country has opened in Shropshire. It's a ?17 million


investment at the Muller site, which will create 100 new jobs. They'll be


turning out 45,000 tonnes of butter a year. But what does this mean for


the dairy industry here? In the past, farmers have carried out


direct action with protest marches and blockades angry at prices. Live


now to David Gregory`Kumar. How do farmers feel about this expansion?


They welcome it. Muller say they are looking to invest about ?20 million


in Shropshire, they have various plants in the county. All of that


investment starts with this brand`new butter factory. We went


for an exclusive look behind the scenes today.


This is what you know Muller four. They make 1.5 billion parts of


yoghurt here in their market Drayton factory every year. Now for the


first time, they are going to be making butter here in the UK as


well. The cream comes in one end and by the time it leaves, it is well on


its way to becoming butter. At this time of year you might not want to


turn all of your cream into butter. You could make more money selling it


in pots to put on mince pies. This machine gives Muller options. For


now it is these massive blocks for the catering trade but there is talk


eventually of Muller barter for the supermarket shelves. We are


accelerating our plans to also invest in retail packet butter, so


as of summer next year we will be seeing retail package butter on the


shelves. We're also at what we can do from a brand point of view. There


could be Muller butter on the shelves. Farmers have not always


seen eye to eye with Muller, blockading the plant several times.


At times it has been very difficult. Fortunately, the farmers who are


supplying us have in general, even over the past 12 months, been very


happy with our performance in the market. It is sometimes unfortunate


that we are also being selected by some of the people who do not supply


us. Farmers are now getting a record price and they will be hoping this


new butter plant is one way that customers like Muller can carry on


paying them at this level. This is a graphic that shows you how


milk prices have gone for the past years. These are average prices.


Since 2011, when they were very low, they have been climbing. In October,


the most recent numbers show that farmers are targeting about 33p per


litre. That is an historic high so it should be good news. Andrew, your


milk goes to Muller, how do you feel about the butter factory? I think it


is great news and we are long overdue some good news in the dairy


sector. I will look forward to supplying them in the future. Let's


talk about this extra money, you are getting an historic high for your


milk, where does that money go on a farm like this? As you can imagine,


costs are still high. We have overdrafts to pay off after the


terrible summer last year. We have had a better summer this year.


Long`term, we will be looking to invest, if we can keep the milk


price high. Do you think it could stay at these levels? I hope so, the


rumours are we might get a bit more in January. Like you say, this


butter plant gives us a bit more stability for the future. Very


briefly, what is the long`term plan for the farmer? Would you like to


employ more people? That would be our ultimate aim. To employ


somebody, have a few more cows, have a greater work life balance. The


1200 farmers who supply Muller across the UK will be thinking, if


Muller can make more money, there is more chance they can keep paying


farmers at the higher prices we have been seeing.


And there will be more on the prospects for economic growth and


job creation here in the Midlands in this weekend's Sunday Politics. Our


political editor, Patrick Burns, will be joined by the Labour MP for


Walsall North, David Winnick, and by the Midlands MEP, Mike Nattrass.


That's at the usual time of 11:00am here on BBC One on Sunday morning.


A 29`year`old man's admitted killing his ex`girlfriend and her baby son


at their home in Birmingham. 25`year`old Yvonne Walsh and


seven`month`old Harrison were found strangled in their beds in Billesley


in June. Today at Birmingham Crown Court, Wesley Williams admitted


their murders. He'll be sentenced next week.


A quarter of the worst hospitals in England and Wales are in the West


Midlands, according to an official report. Dr Foster's annual hospital


guide says Stafford Hospital is the only one in the region to perform


better than expected. Both the Heart of England Trust and the University


Hospitals Birmingham have higher than expected death rates.


BBC Hereford Worcester switched on their DAB service for the first time


this morning. MP Harriet Baldwin and former Worcester Warriors rugby


player Craig Gillis officially switched on the radio station's


three digital transmitters. BBC Hereford Worcester will still be


available on FM, AM and online. More than half the homes in Herefordshire


and Worcestershire have ADA B radio, one of the highest take`up in the


country, and yet we are not on it. From today they can listen to BBC


Hereford and Worcester alongside their national stadiums. It ``


stations was of it has been a long time coming but it is important.


This is our top story tonight: An inspiration for all, who will remain


for all time. One of the many tributes across the Midlands from


those influenced by Nelson Mandela. Your detailed weekend weather


forecast to come shortly from Rebecca. Also ahead: where is your


towel? Find out why Buster Belford hopes his obsession with towels


could help take a small club into the big time.


His first book, a memoir, was hailed as "a real one off" ` now his first


novel has been short listed for a prestigious award. Born to Punjabi


parents in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera gave up a lavish London


lifestyle to write about mental illness in his family. His new novel


tells of three generations of a Sikh family played out in a corner shop.


Lindsay Doyle has been to meet him. I can see there is something


intrinsically funny about the sound of the world Wolverhampton,


something undeniably grim about the view of the city as you arrive by


train. Short listed for the Costa first novel award, Marriage Material


tells of a young man who returns to Wolverhampton from London on the


death of his father to run the family corner shop. It could be said


that the corner shop is a bit of a cliche. I disagree. It has always


been a symbol of the nation. Napoleon famously said that England


was a nation of shopkeepers. I think it is a symbol of multiculturalism.


For a lot of Asians it is a really good thing and represents how well


we have done in business and integrated. Sanghera has already


published a memoir ` The Boy with the Top Knot` which tells how his


parents moved to Wolverhampton from the Punjab in 1968, neither could


speak English, his father suffered from schizophrenia, his mother


worked in a sewing factory, where he got his first job at 50pence an


hour. The clever schoolboy was to pass the entrance exam to


Wolverhampton Grammar School, his very first publication, the school


magazine aged 13. I think it was a homework piece that was so good, the


editor decided it had to be printed. Even then you get a sense of the


style that came through in the journalist and then the novelist.


Marriage Material follows three generations and looks at immigration


and integration in the 60s and 70', featuring Enoch Powell's famous


rivers of blood speech. It is like watching a nation, busily engaged in


heaping up its own funeral parlour. It is kind of scene as the


equivalent of Harlem in America, as a city on the edge of racial


collapse. I wanted to use that history and revive it because I


think it has been slightly forgotten. The home of the family in


the novel, the Blakenhall area of Wolverhampton. You can be Asian in


this part of the world and you cannot actually need to talk


English. I wanted to explore about whether that is healthy or whether


we are making ghettos in Britain. Sathnam Sanghera will find out if


his novel is the Costa winner in mid January. Three Midlands non`league


clubs are hoping to stage FA Cup upsets this weekend. Stourbridge


take on Stevenage who are four divisions above them, while


Kidderminster Harriers face Newport County. But the biggest chance of an


upset could come at Tamworth, where it will be a family affair against


League One side Bristol City. At Tamworth Football Club only one


family that can fill this big hole. Introducing Cameron Belford, Age 25,


goalkeeper. Cameron's dad, Dale Belford, 46, manager. And Dale's


dad, Cameron's grandad Buster Belford, age 70, kit man. Your dad


seems a bit obsessed about towels. Yes, don't talk to him about towels.


I am very protective of my towels. The kit is done every day. I think


he always manages to clean my kit, which is nice. Goalkeeping is in the


Belfords DNA. Dale enjoyed a good career in non`league football. His


two sons Cameron and Tyrell have both turned professional. Watched


every step of the way by Buster (ptc +


how key is some advantage? I am really excited, I am sure the fans


will turn out in numbers and I am sure it will be a difficult place to


come and play. My top tip is town with two, Bristol City zero. Dale


will feed his lucky goldfish, like he always does. Hoping Cameron will


keep a clean sheet and knowing Tamworth will never throw in the


towel whilst Buster remains in charge of the laundry. And the best


place to follow any FA Cup shocks this weekend will be on your BBC


Local Radio station. There'll also be commentary from the Premier


League and the Championship. Let's find out how the weather is looking


for the weekend, Rebecca. Certainly Littlemore settles. There


is plenty of cloud, though. We had the stormy weather yesterday ``


certainly a little more settled. Some of you spotted this spectacular


cloud. It is caused when high cloud meets cold air and the sun bounces


off it. Unfortunately we are back to your bog`standard clouds for much of


this weekend, and plenty of it. The blanket of cloud will mean limited


brightness but the silver lining is that it will be mostly dry. We have


had a blanket of cloud and it has kept a lot of the brightness away.


The showers are continuing across the North Midlands. It is colder air


and we could see wintry showers. Further South, a clearer picture and


a dryer one. Through the early hours of tomorrow, we start to pull in


less cold air. It means that tomorrow morning we will wake up and


two bridges will not be as low as they were when we wake up tomorrow.


There will be sunshine around, plenty of cloud around `` we will


wake up and temperatures will not be as low. It will be a bit milder than


today. Tomorrow night, very similar to how we are looking tonight. We


will still keep some of those showers rattling through. 20 of


cloud cover, there will be a few holes `` plenty of cloud cover.


Elsewhere where we keep the blanket of cloud, temperatures up to above


freezing. As we head toward Sunday, plenty of cloud about. We will get a


bit of sunshine, temperatures making it into double figures. It is going


to feel much milder. High pressure dominates as we head into the


working week. That is helping to keep things settled but staying


cloudy, too. Let's return to Coventry Cathedral,


where people have been signing one of the many books of condolence, Bob


Hockenhull is there. What have people been saying?


of the many books of condolence, Bob Hockenhull is Lots of people signing


the book. One of the comments, you taught us so much and your wisdom


will be missed. Coventry had a special role to play as far as the


Nelson Mandela story was concerned. The song, free Mohsen Mandela was


written by Jerry Damas, `` free Mohsen Mandela.


A special service will be held here on Sunday and everyone is invited,


Christians and anyone who wants to pay tribute.


Finally, a comment from Mandy Gordon on our facebook page who says" I


grew up in South Africa under Apartheid, I remember the day Madiba


was released from jail ` he united a nation and was a truly inspirational


man, he will be greatly missed the world over."


From all of us on Midlands Today, goodbye.


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