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Good evening. Businesses in the Much more on the BBC News
Good evening. Businesses in the Midlands are being urged to make
more of Shakespeare's legacy to help give the region global recognition.
It comes as ten's of thousands of people headed to Stratford today to
mark the culmination of the Bard's 450th birthday celebrations. From
around the world thousands lined the streets as a parade in the Bard's
honour marched by. For those living in the town a sense of pride and
recognition of what Shakespeare has done for them. Very important but
not just for Stratford, for Britain. It brings a lot of people in.
Without that, I think the Among the 600 strong procession are diplomats
and dignitaries representing more than 30 different countries, all
drawn to stratford by the power of Shakespeare And at a celebratory
lunch a chance for local business and arts leaders to make the most of
that power. Time would die. And at a celebratory lunch...
You are buying into a brand, the brand of Britain. You are paying for
quality. Shakespeare is absolutely in the core, the DNA that makes you
want to associate yourself with a British product. And Shakespeare
isn't just a product. There are opportunities there. There are
exchange opportunities. Many people study in universities here and many
would like to come here to study more. It is clear Shakespeare will
continue to bring millions of people to Stratford years to come. The
challenge for businesses is to capitilise on his legacy.
Police have released an e`fit image of a woman who called at a house in
Gloucestershire posing as a social worker. She was carrying a fake
Social Services badge and asked to check the mother's four`month`old
son. The incident happened in Quedgeley on Wednesday afternoon.
Anyone who recognises the woman is asked to contact Gloucestershire
Police. A public meeting's being organised
in Stoke on Trent over a recycling depot which residents claim is
blighting their area. Thousands of tonnes of plastics are being stored
without a licence at the site at Minton, and the owners want to make
it a permanent arrangement. They've been invited to attend the meeting
along with the Environment and Highways Agencies. A date has yet to
be set. The Highways Agency has been
explaining its plans to reduce congestion on part of the M40 in
Warwickshire, at two public exhibitions. Motorists currently
face mile long queues at junction 12 at Gaydon, during the morning rush
hour. The proposals involve lengthening and widening the
southbound exit slip road. Onto the day's football now and in
the Premiership, Stoke lost 1`0 to Spurs. Aston Villa are just four
points above the relegation zone after a 4`1 thrashing at Swansea.
But a win for West Brom who beat West Ham 1`0. Meanwhile in the
Championship Birmingham City's woes continue losing 3`1 to Leeds at St
Andrews. The Blue's are now in the bottom three, but with a game in
hand. In League One Wolves have reached 100 points after a 1`1 draw
at Coventry. At the other end of the table Shrewsbury have been relegated
after losing 4`2 at Peterborough. Meanwhile Walsall lost 3`2 against
Stevanage. And in League Two it finished
Rochdale two, Cheltenham zero And finally one Rugby result to bring
you. In the Championship a win for Moseley beating Plymouth by 16
points to 11 Now let's hope all the rain we had yesterday has passed ``
here's the weather now with Mel Coles.
Good evening. After a showery day, there are more showers to come this
evening and into tomorrow as well. We are going to see quite a lot of
cloud work its way in as well. This evening, there are going to be one
or two showers. They will fade from some areas, hanging onto
Herefordshire and Worcestershire as the night goes on but it will not be
a cold night with those of seven or eight degrees. Tomorrow morning,
there is more to come. The showers will creep their way in once again.
We will see variable amounts of cloud around with those showers
could be quite lively with the risk of hail and thunder. Temperatures
tomorrow will reach highs of 14 degrees. Looking ahead to next
week, there is more to come. Remaining unsettled, certainly for
the start of next week. That's all for now. Your next up
date from Midlands Today is tomorrow evening. Have a good Saturday night.
Good evening. An area of low pressure has wrapped itself around
the British Isles for this weekend. There have been a number of showers
today, particularly in the south-west, and there is more to
come overnight. You can see this swirl of cloud, the centre of it in
the south-west of England. Close to the centre of that there will be
some strong winds in the south-west of England and some heavy showers as
well. There will be some big waves along