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the oppression of one by another. The sun shall never set on so

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mandela and had their lives changed by him.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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generation celebrated the values of respect and responsibility inspired

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mandela invited the people of Birmingham to become part of his

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

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needed little persuading. He was instrumental in getting the school

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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in South Africa and met Nelson Mandela also fondly remembered the

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

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

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

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

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

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unexpectedly found himself sitting next to Mr Mandela and spent three

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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South Africa, he met with civic leaders, communities and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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across the region ` including Coventry Cathedral, where special

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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felt keenly by many people in Coventry.

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

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biggest butter factory opens in Shropshire, creating 100 jobs.

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

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

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

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

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

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Falkland has more. The production line stopped ` the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of the doldrums. ??NELWINE The biggest butter factory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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for an exclusive look behind the scenes today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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eventually of Muller barter for the supermarket shelves. We are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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farmers at the higher prices we have been seeing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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their murders. He'll be sentenced next week.

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

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

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

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

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Hospitals Birmingham have higher than expected death rates.

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

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this morning. MP Harriet Baldwin and former Worcester Warriors rugby

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player Craig Gillis officially switched on the radio station's

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three digital transmitters. BBC Hereford Worcester will still be

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

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

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

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Hereford and Worcester alongside their national stadiums. It ``

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

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

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

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those influenced by Nelson Mandela. Your detailed weekend weather

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

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

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could help take a small club into the big time.

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

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

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parents in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera gave up a lavish London

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

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

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

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intrinsically funny about the sound of the world Wolverhampton,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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we have done in business and integrated. Sanghera has already

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

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

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speak English, his father suffered from schizophrenia, his mother

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

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

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Wolverhampton Grammar School, his very first publication, the school

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

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

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

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Marriage Material follows three generations and looks at immigration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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take on Stevenage who are four divisions above them, while

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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two sons Cameron and Tyrell have both turned professional. Watched

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every step of the way by Buster (ptc +

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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for the weekend, Rebecca. Certainly Littlemore settles. There

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hockenhull is there. What have people been saying?

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

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

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

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

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written by Jerry Damas, `` free Mohsen Mandela.

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

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Christians and anyone who wants to pay tribute.

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

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

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

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

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From all of us on Midlands Today, goodbye.

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