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Just two days after being released from hospital, Stephen Sutton, the


Staffordshire teenager with incurable cancer, joined hundreds of


friends and supporters as he attempted to break a world record


and tick another item off his bucket list. Ben Sidwell was there to see


if he could do it. It was a moment nobody dreamed would


ever happen. Two weeks ago, 19`year` old Stephen Sutton from Burntwood


posted a goodbye message on Facebook.


Thank you all for coming. It is good to be here.


But after seeing a miraculous improvement in his health, this


afternoon Stephen was well enough to join in his own world record.


Incredibly positive. More than anyone I have ever met. Look at what


he has achieved. Who else has done that?


Hundreds of people, most of who had never met Stephen, gathered at his


old high school to help get him in the world record books.


I've come along to help try and break the world record for him.


People want to support him, because he is one in a million.


To break the record more than 500 people needed to make a heart shaped


hand gesture at the same time for two minutes.


What is going on here is not about raising money, this is about helping


Stephen tick off an item on his bucket list. He wanted to get his


name in the world record books, and hopefully he will.


And, after a nervous ten minute wait, the news everyone wanted to


hear. 554, a brand`new world record. To


think that two weeks ago he had been taken into hospital and we thought


we would have two do this by himself `` we would have to do this by


ourselves. And now he is here. Stephen's now raised well over ?3


million for the Teenager Cancer Trust and today this inspirational


young man, with a bit of help from some friends, achieved the 34th item


on his bucket list. With just over two weeks to go to


the local elections, there's concerns that main party conferences


may no longer be held in Birmingham. The Conservatives event in the city


in September could be their last because it is heavily subsidised.


95% of Marketing Birmingham's budget is spent on hosting party


conferences. Speaking on Sunday Politics, Lynette Kelly says the


cost needs to be spread out. 95% of their marketing budget going


on one conference does seem a bit disproportionate, and, if the return


to the local economy is as much a ?20 million, then perhaps there


needs to be a balancing act, whereby a percentage of the Birmingham


Council marketing budget is used to attract party conferences, but the


local businesses that benefit should also be putting some money in to


attract these ventures. A ?70,000 sculpture which has taken


17 years of planning has finally been unveiled in Tewkesbury. Two oak


horses representing a key stage in the 1471 battle the War of the Roses


were commissioned by the Battlefield Society. The organisation is also


involved in a lengthy bid to buy a field of historical importance in


the town, as Amy Cole reports. Commemorating one of the most


crucial battles in the War of the Roses, these two oak sculptures were


officially unveiled in Tewkesbury, and were attracting quite a crowd.


Be blessed in the name of Jesus. The work has been commissioned by


the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society, which raised ?70,000 to fund the


project. It was from this site that the Yorkist forces had their first


glimpse of their Lancashire opponents before the battle. The


Yorkists are represented by this knight. The Lancastrians are


represented by this riderless horse. As you can see, its head is bowed,


and that is to symbolise the defeated Lancastrian army.


The site is also involved in another big`ticket project. That is trying


to acquire this field, very much part of the 1471 battle. It wants to


build a visitor attraction and make the area a magnet for tourists, but


the land is owned by a charitable trust linked to a school, and it is


valued at around ?120,000. We have got ?130,000, but we want


not only to buy the field but work on the field as well. Hopefully, we


will know within two weeks. Roy Smith has lived in Tewkesbury


for 24 years and is proud of the town's historical connections.


We have always been on a map because of the battle and a glorious Norman


abbey, but now we are on the map again for different reasons. I think


it is fantastic. With the roundabout taken care of,


it is now a tense wait before the Battlefield Society can see if it


can work its magic on the field as well.


One football result ` West Bromwich Albion were beaten 1`0 at Arsenal.


The rest of the Bank Holiday weather now, here's Sara Blizzard.


Good evening. The Midlands had the best of the sunshine today and with


the outlook for the next few days, make the most of the next couple of


days. Things are going to turn quite showery. It will be a breezy


outlook, but in between those showers there will be some sunshine


as well. Under those clearer skies, the coldest temperatures are likely


to be across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, a minimum of five


Celsius. It is going to be a dry night. It will be a lovely, sunny


start to Bank Holiday Monday. Again, quite a lot of sunshine through a


good percentage of the day, but through the evening, if you have a


barbecue planned, this weather front will move its way eastwards. But it


will be warm ahead of that rain, with highs of 17 Celsius.


That's it from me. I'll be back with the late bulletin just after


10:15pm. Bye for now. Good evening. Today we have had the


sunniest skies in the South whereas in the north it has been quite


cloudy. Tomorrow, we switch things around. In the east we will have


warm, hazy sunshine. In the west we will have the biggest cloud.


Tonight, there will be some rain across parts of Scotland. The rain


easing across Northern Ireland. For many will be a dry night. For many


across the south it will be cold. Maybe not quite as cold as last


night. We should start with quite a bit of sunshine across central and


eastern areas. The sunshine will turn quite hazy of the cloud spills


in from the west. The wind is also starting to pick up and we will see


rain. For Northern Ireland, the rain spreading across a good part


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