28/05/2014 Midlands Today


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A reminder of our main story. Nick Clegg tells his supporters to

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stand firm, dismissing talk of

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The headlines tonight: Stoke City Council under fire

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for spending ?400,000 on the Chelsea Flower Show ? it?s

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facing ?20 million in budget cuts. The Council say they were at Chelsea

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to sell the city's enormous potential.

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Also tonight: Governors at a Muslim faith school

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say they will resist new leadership imposed by the City Council `

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accusing them of a witch`hunt. We will resist any illegal actions

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by anyone. Preparations are under way at

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Lichfield Cathedral to honour Stephen Sutton.

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Snake in the grass, but for how long? Preventing the extinction of

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the endangered ad. It is not quite as straightforward

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as Waterworld blue sky, the devil is in the detail. `` while two were the

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sky. `` blue sky. accusing them of a witch`hunt.

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A row's broken out into the cost of a garden exhibit at the

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Chelsea Flower Show. Stoke`on`Trent City Council spent

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more than ?400,000 on the garden ` called "Positively Stoke"

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to try to boost the city's image. But the authority is under severe

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financial pressure ` ?20 million of cuts were announced

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this year with more to come. At upwards of ?400,000,

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the cost of the garden at Chelsea is about the same as proposed cuts to

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services for vulnerable adults in Stoke`on`Trent.

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Liz Copper reports. The garden at the Chelsea Flower

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Show ` entitled "Positively Stoke", but its price tag has left some

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politicians positively furious. The leader of the opposition

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group at Stoke`on`Trent City Council has been highly critical.

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I want to talk about Stoke`on`Trent and the people in this city. High

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unemployment, low pay, let us start addressing what we need for the

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people of the city. We are not do it by spending ?450,000 at Chelsea.

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Council has been highly critical. Stoke`on`Trent's garden,

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which won a silver gilt award, cost taxpayers ?400,000.

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Birmingham City Council also had a show garden ` it won gold

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and was funded mostly by sponsors ` costing taxpayers ?5,000.

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Meanwhile Leamington Spa's Chelsea garden, which won a silver medal,

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was paid for by donations, with a ?1,600 contribution

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from the town council. The City Council say nobody is

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available to be interviewed, but that Chelsea in shirts were able to

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promote the city, its industry and its potential to an influential list

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of key figures. from the town council.

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And 40 key figures were invited by Stoke`on`Trent to a gala dinner

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at Chelsea. Government ministers were among

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those on the guest list; so was one of the city's MPs, Tristram Hunt.

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Some tickets cost ?732 a head. So back in the Potteries, what do

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voters make of the expenditure? The council should be sacked and get

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in someone who knows what they are doing. To waste money on that is

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just stupid. They are shutting down all folks' homes. Why spend it on

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things like that? What right have got to spend it on that? Found that?

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What do they get for that? This young man has just gone to Halifax

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to open a bank account, so that he can be in control of his own money.

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He might make a better job of controlling Stoke`on`Trent money.

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voters make of the expenditure? Stoke`on`Trent City Council's said

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exhibiting at Chelsea is a way of generating economic growth ` but

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it's also generated controversy. Well, Stoke`on`Trent City Council

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didn't want to talk to us on the programme tonight.

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But you have been getting in touch on social media.

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Coming up later in the programme: Filling and not fattening `

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apart from the bacon, cheese, and mushrooms ` why Staffordshire

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oatcakes are growing in popularity. Governors at a Muslim faith school

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are claiming the City Council has undermined them in what amounts to a

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witchhunt. A new leadership team is due to arrive next week, but the

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governors said they will resist all attempts to let the council take

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over. The school governor went to the

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Department of education headquarters today to see the education

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Secretary. He has been running both Islamic faith school and so was it

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boasts some of the best exam results in Birmingham. Ostensibly teaching

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is inadequate and management programme. The cancer went to the

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place `` the council `` claimed the cancer was acting illegally, and

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said when pupils returned from half`time on Monday he would refuse

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the governors entry. We will refuse any illegal actions by anybody. We

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believe every decent piece for good citizen has a result `` a right to

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resist this kind of tyranny. In a letter, a senior council officials

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says... Birmingham MP says the council is

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acting within its rights. There is nothing illegal. The executive

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boards are allowed by the education act in order for local authorities

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to go access to schools and turn a failing school around. So there is

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nothing illegal about this, this is a normal procedure councils take

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when they want to go in and support and help to filling school.

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Concerns about the school are not directly linked to the ongoing

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investigation into the Trojan horse letter, the supposed plot by most

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loans to take over the running of governing bodies. But at this

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school, they say their case is a further example of the City Council

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failing to run the city's schools fairly and effectively.

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In a separate development, the BBC has been given in `` an exclusive

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interview by a prominent headteacher who says the Government was warned

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for years ago about a so`called Trojan horse plot by Muslim

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extremists to take over some schools in the city.

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That Trojan horse plot emerged back in March. It was an unsigned

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document but hey as lead to some 200 allegations being given to the City

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Council which are now being investigated not just buy them but

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also by the Government. We have had schools, teachers and pupils denying

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these allegations, but not a headteacher from Mosley is saying

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that he warned the Government four years ago about this matter, also

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that he was aware of headteachers being put under extreme pressure,

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extremely non`Muslim headteachers, over the past two decades. Over

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those 20 years, I know of places where these kinds of tensions and

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politics have exploded. As a result I know that headteachers have had

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nervous breakdowns, lost their jobs, schools have been newly torn apart

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and it is intensely difficult. What have the Government said about these

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claims? They are saying this headteachers spoke to them as part

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of a general policy discussion four years ago. They are also saying they

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have done more than anybody else to tackle the problem of extremism in

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schools. And the `` and newly elected UKIP

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councillor who allegedly posted homophobic comments on Facebook says

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he has no regrets. A lot of people agree with me. I

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have been looking doors, `` knocking.

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You can hear the full interview on BBC Hereford and Worcester.

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Aston Martin is to create 250 jobs at its plant in Warwickshire.

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The luxury car maker is investing ?20 million to extend

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manufacturing at Gaydon. The new engineering, manufacturing

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and commercial jobs will be created over the next few months.

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As the Staffordshire County Show got under way this morning some farmers

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in the region were expressing concern about how UKIP's success

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in the European elections might impact on British agriculture

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and the subsidies paid to UK farmers by the EU.

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Amy Coles reports. Set against a changing political

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landscape, David has farmed in Staffordshire all his life. He is

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mindful that UKIP's dominance in the European elections could affect the

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number `` limit of European money he receives. If we came out of Europe

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it would lead to a reduction in subsidies. If we were more

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self`sufficient and imported less, our prices could go up and could

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compensate for that. I am more concerned about HS2.

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While it will take time for the UKIP dust to settle, this Conservative

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councillor and farmer says he just wants a fair deal. I want to begin

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with is that sterling in Europe is a good rule for farming and farmers.

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If it is, yes, we need to trade on the global stage, and as an English

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farmer I want to stay English, but I also want to make sure I get a fair

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price for migrants. Another big issue is the decline in

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the number of young people entering agriculture. A lot of young people

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`` there are a lot of young people here today, but what will tempt them

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into farming? We were talking about the technology coming into

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agriculture, especially on the machinery side. I think this is

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going to peak young people's interests. `` attract their

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interests. Keeping people interested is what the show is all about.

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There is plenty to see and do. It has been very good. Lots to do and

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lots to see, lots for the kids to see.

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The show is on tomorrow as well and is expected to attract over 60,000

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visitors during its two daily spell. `` to day.

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Amy Coles reports. Thousands of people are expected

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in Lichfield over the next two days to pay their

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respects to Stephen Sutton, ahead of his funeral on Friday afternoon.

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The 19`year`old from nearby Burntwood died

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from cancer earlier this month. He raised almost ?4 million `

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his inspirational story touching the nation.

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Ben Godfrey joins us from inside Lichfield Cathedral where

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the commemorations will begin tomorrow night.

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Ben, what is the sequence of events? At 6pm tomorrow Stephen's body will

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make the final journey from his home here to Lichfield Cathedral. This is

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the native area. You can see a platform, where Stephen's often rely

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on tomorrow night and again on Friday morning and afternoon ahead

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of a private service. People will be invited to file past the coffin, to

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light a candle, to sign a book of condolence, to lay flowers. Hundreds

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of people have signed the book of condolence already, one message from

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a 9`year`old girl said, Stephen, you were very brave. How will people be

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preparing their Lichfield and Burtonwood? Lichfield Cathedral is

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saying this is an unprecedented event. They simply do not know

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however how many people will be there, but are preparing for

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thousands. 100 volunteers will be here. If you have been to Lichfield

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this week you will have seen tonnes of yellow ribbons, assemble,

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Stephen's mother said, of the way he brought light into people's lives.

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She says she wants people to wear yellow and not black.

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Tomorrow evening we were becoming live from Lichfield Cathedral.

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Stoke City council is under fire for spending ?400,000 on the Chelsea

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Flower Show while facing ?20 million on Budget cuts.

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Your weather forecast to come shortly, also at night, you are

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never too old for basketball. `` also tonight.

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And part of a Warwickshire high street for over 60 years, the end of

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the road for a unique craft pottery. Ben, what is the sequence of events?

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Tasty, versatile and delicious, the oatcake is a Staffordshire

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tradition. And it seems "oaties"

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have never been more popular. Joanne Writtle reports

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on how the taste for real Staffordshire oatcakes is now

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spreading far beyond the county. Cheese and mushroom with brown

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sauce, definitely. Cheese and tomato. One thing seems certain, to

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get the authentic taste, many say the oatcakes have to be made here in

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North Staffordshire. What they are made from however is a secret. My

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wife does not know the recipe. Just me, and my dad. Keep it close to

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your chest! Half an hour away, they make 95,000

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oatcakes a week. Alex learned the trade from his dad

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who died three years ago. Now he is making test batches on a grand scale

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one mile away at his new factory, with the aim of quadruple link

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production. I am living my dad's dream. If he could be here today, he

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`` it would be great. Alex and his father spread the word about

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oatcakes far and wide. It is not just the expats from

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Staffordshire that have moved away and are ordering online again, it is

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people who have driven past them and driven through Stoke on Trent, they

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will search us on Google and to be honest we have got a few customers

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here who have standing orders, where every week it is direct debit and

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they get the oatcakes in the post. Other healthy? There is only 81

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calories. But it is what you put on them. Bacon and cheese with red

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sauce. Alex's favoured? Cheese and bacon, but I do like mashed potato

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and cheesy beans. Springwatch now, and our team

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have been out looking for adders. Adders have been in decline

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in recent years, and it's now feared our only

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venomous snake may be extinct in many parts of the Midlands.

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Our environment correspondent David Gregory`Kumar went to meet one

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of the people trying to stop the adder from disappearing completely.

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A cool misty morning on the Malverns doesn't strike me as me as good

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weather for cold`blooded snakes. But expert Nigel Hand says once we

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climb to the top, things will have warmed up.

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Along with the Wyre Forest, the Malverns is

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the Midlands' adder stronghold. But as numbers decline, it is

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becoming harder to find them. the Midlands' adder stronghold.

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But as numbers decline, it is becoming harder to find them.

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Fortunately for us, Nigel is one of our best adder spotters.

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He is almost black and white. This is his breeding colours. How many

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are left on this site? We have had a dozen this year, three breeding

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females and the rest are males. The female adder looks different

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from the mail, although they both have striking markings.

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You might think that pattern would make it stand out, but as I have

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discovered this morning they are hired to see because the pattern

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starts to resemble the dead bracken in the undergrowth. `` difficult to

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see. But Brecon is being removed and

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adder habitat is being built on and fragmented. It would be great to see

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a female today, but with just 12 in this area it will be tricky.

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Although we do find the Midlands' other native stake, the grass snake.

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That is feigning death. I really thought we had killed it.

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We do go on to find a female adder. Had so little bit less striking than

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the mail, but still with that diamond pattern.

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of our best adder spotters. With expert help, we've had

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a good day adder spotting. But as numbers collapse, most

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of us are never going to see one. Worcestershire we have two viable

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sites, Warwickshire they are possibly extinct. Staffs we are down

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to really one good population. of us are never going to see one.

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possibly extinct. Staffs we are down to really one good population.

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But Nigel and others are working hard to help

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the Midlands adder survive. They are special. It is a lovely

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thing to recount when you first saw one. They are our future generation.

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But the sad fact is an ad in the bracken is an increasingly rare

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sight. `` and adder. the Midlands adder survive.

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And if you are lucky enough to see an

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adder, then do remember they are our only poisonous snake, so watch don't

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touch and treat them with respect. You can read more about the problems

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faced by the adder on David's blog at bbc.co.uk/davidgregorykumar,

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and Chris Packham and the Springwatch team are back at 8:00

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on BBC Two tonight. We are living longer, and keeping

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fit is key to living life to the full. Every week people over 60 take

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part in sport at the University of Worcestershire.

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Ascott poll is proving a big hit. `` basketball. Inside the Arena of

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the University of Worcester, the name of the game is Ascott Pole.

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The age of the players is over 60. `` Ascott Pole. `` basketball.

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Every Wednesday for the past ten weeks this sporting band of brothers

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and sisters have been honing their new skills. They've's career is to

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be fighting fires, now he is fighting fit. He is the oldest

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member of the group, at 80. I played tenpin bowling, badminton, table

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tennis, I belong to two working groups which I walk an average of

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ten to 12 miles a week, basically trying to keep fit. What do you do

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in your spare time? Wondering what I can do next!

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At 72, maybe is a positive youngster who loves tap dancing and now

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basketball. Great news for Doctor Susie Hart who believes great

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fitness is vital for a healthy lifestyle. The nice thing with this

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is it is a team game, so there is a service allows Asian element and

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also a competitive element. `` a social element.

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So the message is clear, you don't have to be over six foot six to play

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here, simply over 60 will do nicely. Hanley and Adam's high Street has

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been home to Torquil Pottery since 1960. Reg Moon made a living out of

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clay. It is here where his daughter absorbed years of experience to

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become a potter. But after 54 years, it is all coming to an end. I will

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be sorry, obviously, and all the customers who have become friends

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over the years I am going to miss them. It is a big deal, really, but

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it is time for a change. And this is the final show, the

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grand finale. In 1985 Reg Moon and his wife set up this case. Since

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then exhibition 's have been set `` held here twice a year. Roche and

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his wife were great friends to me, I have always loved his prop ``

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pottery. `` Reg. It was like coming back to see a family. We shall miss

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it tremendously. A lot of people came to see this exhibition from all

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over the country. For five years, they have continued

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their parents' legacy, but now it is time to go. Sad, because it is my

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family home going, and we have enjoyed doing the exhibitions. At

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the same time, I will have my weekends to myself again.

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This final exhibition is just as historic as the building here, a

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former coach house. So when it all comes to an end on the seventh of

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June, this truly is an end of an era on the high street here.

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May seems to be fizzling out. Let us find out if something brighter is

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around the corner. The weather has put a dampener on

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things recently, so I am hoping for a smooth `` a few smiles by Friday.

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Currently however we are caught up in the clutches of this frontal

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system which since yesterday has caused all this activity. As this

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curls southwards, this is where things improve. All eyes on Friday

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then as the day of change. But at the moment story is as it stands. It

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is very much one of cloud and rain. There is a lot of cloud over night,

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some drier interludes as well. Over the hilltops it could produce some

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patchy fog. But it is keeping things very mild, with lows of just ten to

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12 Celsius. A fairly dismal, damp start to tomorrow for all, but you

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will find that the emphasis for this rain will shift southwards during

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the day and we will see brighter weather developing particularly in

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eastern parts. But the cloud is still there towards the north and

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west, so temperatures will be pinned back to around 14 or 15 Celsius.

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When we get the sunshine, highs of around 17 or 18, but that will also

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trigger perhaps sharp, slow`moving showers. Those will gradually fade

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away tomorrow night, and as I said, for Friday, things will start to

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pick up. Why we have been on air, a newly

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elected UKIP councillor from Worcestershire who made racist and

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homophobic comments on Facebook has been expelled from the party.

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Redditch Borough Council and Dave Smalls said he stood by his views

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that migrants are scroungers and homosexuals at servers. `` at

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perverts. The very nature of

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the American personality was defined. Ray Mears explores

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the land behind the Hollywood legend and discovers the wild

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that made the West.

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