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the Queen, whose 88th birthday it is Good evening. Two months after the
devastating floods, shops and businesses in Worcester are hoping
the Easter Holiday weekend will provide a much`needed boost to the
local economy. Some businesses had to close after the River Severn
burst its banks. Kevin Reidd reports.
Worcester looks a totally dhfferent place than it did just two lonths
ago, with riverside venues well and truly open for business. It's a far
cry from when the River Sevdrn burst its banks. The Quay restaur`nt was
one of the worst affected. We had the initial flood just after
Christmas. We started getting prepared to open again and then we
got hit worse than the first time. Luckily, we kind of prepared for it.
It's been two`and`a`half months of redecorating, cleaning... Gdtting
everything back up to open `gain. Downstream, and the Diglis Hotel is
also welcoming the start of the tourist season. It survived the
worst of the flooding but whtnessed the overall downturn, and it's one
of a number of businesses which has benefited from a financial relief
fund, receiving around ?5,000. But it's not just hotels and restaurants
hoping for an Easter boost, also shops and businesses in the city
centre just a short distancd from here. The shopping areas have long
been back to normal ` and this department store says signs are
good. Easter trade has started brilliantly and we're reallx
encouraged by that. We're not where we'd like to be but we're m`king
headway. Back down at the Sdvern and although it was a foe in thd winter,
it's fast becoming a friend for the spring and summer. The medi`
coverage did actually put Worcester back in people's minds. Somd came
for flood tourism and perhaps want to see it when it's not flooded
We're getting busier and busier and all of the work that the agdncies
are doing is helping that. @nd what's more, the Severn will be
celebrated in August with the announcement of the revival of the
city's River Festival. Police have launched a murddr
inquiry after a man who was injured in a fight outside a West Mhdlands
pub died in hospital. The 27`year`old victim, who's bden named
locally as Paddy Woodhall, was punched to the floor during disorder
outside the Deer's Leap in Streetly on Friday. Four men, all in their
20s, have been arrested. The head of Ofsted is to le`d the
investigation into allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover plot at a
number of Birmingham schools. Sir Michael Wilshaw will visit the city
next week to meet those dirdctly involved in the inspections. Ofsted
has assessed more than a dozen Birmingham schools in the w`ke of
the so`called "Trojan Horse" allegations.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury has used his Easter
Sunday address to speak out against moves to legalise assisted suicide.
The Right Reverend Mark Davhes told worshippers that the sanctity of
human life is at risk. Ahead of a Bill going before Parliament next
month, he warned against ch`nging the law, saying he believes it would
"weaken" the protection givdn to vulnerable people. It's a moment
when we have to be ready to speak for something so fundamental as the
sacred value of human life htself. We're also concerned with how we
care for those at the end of life, and to breach the very sanctity of
human life with this change of the law is going to leave those people
more vulnerable. While Christians in the reghon have
been celebrating Easter, melbers of the Sikh community have been holding
celebrations of their own today to commemorate Vaisakhi. In Coventry,
local non`Sikh Charities also benefitted from the event, `s Nadine
Towell reports. The streets of Coventry were filled with noise and
colour as hundreds of Sikhs joined today's Vaisakhi procession. Because
of what we believe in we're supposed to be identifiable in crowds of
hundreds of thousands. So the colour, the turban... There goes a
Sikh! At the time there was persecution and tyranny, a Sikh
couldn't hid back in the crowd. You had to do your duty and help. The
festival is one of the most important in the Sikh calendar,
marking the founding of the religion. For local Sikhs, ht's
important to celebrate in ptblic as one large community. It brings a lot
of pride to us, to see the Sikh community join in and walk the
streets. It's emotional. It makes you proud to be a Sikh when everyone
is out on a day like this, hn unity. It's very important. Everyone looks
forward to it and the community love to get together. Everyone fdels
united. The celebrations brought other residents on to the streets,
too. While some were happy to watch, others were keen to join in. As part
of the procession, all along the route members give out free food and
drink. Basically to keep those walking along full of energx!
Non`Sikhs have also benefitdd from today's celebrations, as thd
community donated to a numbdr of local charities.
Let's check on the weather now with Charlie Slater. Good evening. Happy
Easter. Watch out for some rain as we go through the next few hours.
You can see from the colour it is quite heavy for a time, particularly
through the counties of Herefordshire and Worcester.
Thankfully through the night it does dry out and we're looking at seven
or eight Celsius. Tomorrow, we might see brightness. But also thd odd
shower. Mild temperatures btt maybe not feeling quite that mild when you
factor in the rain. Probablx a good idea to keep the umbrella close at
hand over the next few days. That's all for now; I'll be back
just after quarter past ten tonight. Until then, enjoy your evenhng.
Hello. Well, it was another lovely sunny day across the north of the
UK. What a difference over the south. The rain set in for the
course of the afternoon. There's more of that to come. It has been
getting heavy across southern England. A narrow band for