04/05/2014 Midlands Today


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That is all the sport, back to you. That is it from

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That is all the sport, back to you. Good evening.

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

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Staffordshire teenager with incurable cancer, joined hundreds of

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friends and supporters as he attempted to break a world record

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

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

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

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posted a goodbye message on Facebook.

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

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But after seeing a miraculous improvement in his health, this

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

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

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he has achieved. Who else has done that?

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

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

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

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

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

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hand gesture at the same time for two minutes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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million for the Teenager Cancer Trust and today this inspirational

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

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

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

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

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

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

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conferences. Speaking on Sunday Politics, Lynette Kelly says the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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were commissioned by the Battlefield Society. The organisation is also

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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glimpse of their Lancashire opponents before the battle. The

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Yorkists are represented by this knight. The Lancastrians are

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

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and that is to symbolise the defeated Lancastrian army.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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it is fantastic. With the roundabout taken care of,

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

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can work its magic on the field as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to be across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, a minimum of five

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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