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The Midlands remembers ` a special service at the National
Memorial Arboretum for the 70th anniversary of the D`day landings.
We'll hear from veterans who changed the course of the second world war.
We had no sense of liberating Europe or anything else.
A plea for a change to the way 999 calls are handldd,
from the family of a 6 month old who died starved of oxygen
Cainan didn't get the chance to survive.
Frustrated fans fear the worse, Hereford United still waiting to
out if they've been kicked out of the Conference.
to Hollywood, the couple whose traditional craft
And there's a storm brewing this weekend ` with heavy rain and
thunderstorms tomorrow ` but Sunday is looking much more appealhng.
Your full weekend forecast is coming up later.
70 years after the D`Day landings in Normandy, tributes have been paid
across the Midlands to the len who changed the course of World War two.
For those who couldn't make it to France, a ceremony was held
at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
As Ben Godfrey reports, hundreds came to remember
Reverend Dick Sargent was jtst 9 when he reached Utah beach
The Stafford clergyman led 200 men, battling waves
and machine gunfire during those historic first landings.
The water was shallow, we shouldn't have been therd,
we were on the wrong beach, we'd missed it by a mile.
And I spent about half an hour in the water, shouldering
the boats off the sandbanks so they could put the soldiers down.
It sounds mundane, but it was the job.
Hundreds stood in silence at the Normandy Veterans Melorial,
honouring those who paid the ultimate price.
We had no sense of liberating Europe or he rose or anything else, we just
Among those paying respects, a former Royal Marine, born on D`Day.
Yeah, I was born on the 6th of the 6th, 1944 at 6 o'clock.
I remember my sister telling me that mx mother
had been interviewed about ly birth because of the specific timd.
Earlier this week, D`Day veterans from across the West Midlands
Besides which, it will be the last trip.
It will be more poignant, that's all.
It's a privilege to go back and remember our old comrades, xou know.
90`year`old Geoff Russon from Cradley Heath remembers landing
on Juno beach vividly, servhng with the Royal Army Service Corps.
When we went over, you becale a man, in every aspect of the word,
because, what you saw, you couldn't believe.
Today has also been about sxmbols, and this is one of them.
This is a pennant that was `ttached to the first landing craft to arrive
This commemoration may be the last for many but it was also
For one generation to inspire the next.
Ben Godfrey, BBC Midlands Today at the National Memorial Arboretum.
In Coventry, a film which w`s the culmination of months of work
between local schoolchildren and Normandy veterans was shown during
It's hoped this will keep the memory of what happened during World War
Exactly 70 years after he l`nded on a Normandy beach Dennis Davison
paused to think of fallen comrades today, btt he was
There's only a few of us left, and who is going to carry on
The younger generation, at Coventry Cathedral to sed the
It's a film made by school pupils and veterans working togethdr,
commemorating D`Day but chalpioning peace through unity.
It was a great bunch of lads, though.
My life was in his hands, and he had that chance to khll me,
Ninety students took part in this project, working with a tot`l of 40
veterans, six of them specifically survivors of the Normandy bdaches.
The students have so much respect for the vetdrans,
and it is amazing to see thdm listen so intently to their stories,
I tried not to cry, because I thought it was really emotional time
to hear their stories, and it has made me have another
Just didn't realise that those people have been doing good for us
and fighting the war for us and risking their lives for everyone.
And in the grounds of the cathedral destroyed by war,
the day ended with a peace picnic, a chance to share some memories
Earlier I spoke to Ken Reynolds from Hednesford who has travelled
Ken served with the Royal Artillery and arrived on Sword Beach, a couple
I spoke to him a little earlier amid loud music, before
the band struck up, he told me how he found today's 70th annivdrsary.
Can you just give me an ide`, Ken, of your role in the D Day l`ndings?
I understand that you were on Sword Beach.
Yeah, but I was in charge of the rear party so I had to catch
And what did you find when you got there?
Everybody doing everything but nobody knowing quite wh`t was
Then we got the goods together then and put some good barrages down
And you can see highlights from the commemorations in France
in a special programme on BBC 2 at 8.00pm tonight.
You're watching Midlands Today, good to have you with us,
Coping without Hollie, how setting up a charitable trust
has helped the family of thd murdered Gloucester hairdresser
A six`month`old baby died and a second almost lost
his life within two months of each other, after 999 calls were not
West Midlands Ambulance Service assessed them as red 2 `
which means that an ambulance isn't automatically
Our health Correspondent, Michele Paduano, reports.
Cainan was just six`months`old when he developed breathing diffhculties.
An ambulance was two minutes away in Wolverhampton,
But it was not classed as the most urgent case.
It was registered as a Red 2 and a paramedic car,
We lost him, we feel, because of a catalogue errors .
He didn't get the chance to survive, Cainan didn't get
West Midlands Ambulance Service changed
its advice to call handlers within weeks of his death in Octobdr,
2012 so that babies breathing abnormally are sent an ambulance.
We would not want this to h`ppen again unnecessarily, and thd word
unnecessarily is key, because we have to live with the questhon,
But it did happen again ` two months later.
Thomas Passant who is now ndarly two was having breathing diffictlties
He too was classed as red 2 and sent a paramedic in a c`r.
It then took 41 minutes to get an ambulance to him.
Thomas suffered an arrest in the ambulance and almost died.
He wasn't breathing, he was hardly breathing, he was fighting for
You know, there is no doubt about it, that
Our grandson was laying on the floor fighting for hhs life.
Paul Passant campaigned for more ambulances in Shropshire,
but he was never told that an ambulance was available `t the
time of their call and could have got Thomas to hospital much sooner.
The damage could have been irreparable.
It was horrendous for all of the family watching a six`wdek`old
West Midlands Ambulance Service said that
Though in the case of Thomas, it accepts that the investigathon was
poor and there was no clear reason why an ambulance wasn't sent.
West Midlands Ambulance Service has apologised to Paul Passant
for overlooking the fact th`t there was an Ambulance available
As soon as it was confirmed, the Chief Executive Anthony Marsh
They said insufficient time was given for the original
investigation, because they are more concerned about getting mord and
New guidance on babies with breathing difficulties have been
brought in making them top priority, Michele Paduano, BBC Midland today.
There's been chaos on a number of roads in the Midlands today.
The M6 was shut southbound at junction 4a for most of the day,
A man died following a crash on the A5 at Shrewsbury,
and a second multiple vehicle crash nearby caused long traffic jams
Some people have been stuck for more than seven hours.
This was seen on the a five shortly afterwards police followed that
car. It crashed into a lamp post killing the 20`year`old driver and
his 19`year`old passenger is seriously ill tonight in hospital.
Several hours later there w`s that second accident, which was between
Preston Island and the' 54. Several vehicles involved, several people
injured, including a three`xear`old child. This has caused chaos
throughout the day. Major ddlays, roads at a standstill. Several
people told me they had important exams on today, and several people
didn't make a dent. Were thdre any help available? Yes, there was some
help available. The police were out, the police helicopter monitoring
traffic, and also the high which it agency tried to move part of the
central reservation on the @5. They are asking motorists to try to avoid
the area if at all possible. And for the latest on
the travel situation in and around Shrewsbury, there'll be regtlar
updates on BBC Radio Shropshire The ex`boyfriend
of a hairdresser has pleaded guilty to stabbing her as she workdd
in a salon in Gloucester. Asher Maslin murdered 20`ye`r`old
Hollie Gazzard in February. Hollie's father told
our reporter Steve Knibbs that setting up a charitable trust
in her memory has helped thdm cope. She was very small in stature, but
what she lacked in height she made She always lit the room up
and people said her smile w`s everything about her, and obviously
being a hairdresser, you have seen the pictures of her, her hahr is
never the same in any two phctures. The words to describe his d`ughter
come easily to Nick Gazzard and since her death, Hollie's
personality has also touched, It astonished us, really ,
in terms of the amount of people that have come forward
and said we knew Hollie, we had been in contact with her
she was such a fun`loving ghrl, she Hollie's family are determined that
she will live on not just for them, The trust now set up in her name
has already raised nearly ?40,0 0. It will pay to train aspiring
hairdressers to also follow Hollie's A massive tragedy,
what happened to Holly. For us, for her friends,
and the rest of her family. But we can focus
on something positive. And we wanted the trust to be
something positive that camd out Money will also go to local
charities that worked to trx The first one being domestic abuse
and we are supporting others and we are hopefully going to create a
program to go into schools, to talk to people about domestic abtse and
also with Increasing Peace, which is a project on antisocial beh`viour
in Gloucester and trying to move youngsters away from knife crime
and gun crime, really, so those two things are really positive things
for us and the community. Hollie's family now all wear
rings inset with her ashes. It is their way of carrying
her with them all the time. From the pain and tragedy
of Hollie's death, her family now hope much will be
done in her name to change It's 14 minutes past seven,
this is our top story tonight: The Midlands remembers `
a special service at the National Memorial Arboretum for the 70th
anniversary of the D`day landings. Your detailed weather forec`st
to come shortly from Rebecc`. Fifty years on,
survivors from a train crash involving 230 schoolchildren look
back at a remarkable recovery. And spinning a yarn,
the Staffordshire couple who played Hereford United have been ghven one
last chance to save their place The club have been given
until tomorrow morning to p`y their football creditors
including the player's wages. Well,
Ian Winter is at their ground now. This must be a relief to thd fans,
Ian. If a lot of very worried faces in
Hereford today. People who care passionately about their football
club. People who fear that their club would be kicked out of the
conference this afternoon. H want to be watching them in the futtre in
the conference or in the Football League. It almost feels likd a death
in the family. We just don't know what is happening. I don't know We
are waiting for some news. Hopefully it will be good news, but at the
moment it is looking very bleak I think they are in intensive care at
the moment. At 6:30am this lorning, news came of that the prefix. Let's
talk to Keith Dodd from the supporters Association. Your
reaction? Absolutely delighted. We need to make sure the owner takes
full advantage of this and pays the bill tomorrow. You are thinking now
at the last chance saloon. Definitely we cant mess this one up
now. We have to make sure that bill is paid tomorrow. Martin Watson is
from the supporters trust. How confident are you that the new
owners will deliver the ?140,00 needed by tomorrow morning? This
really is the last chance now. It was supposed to be paid yesterday.
10am tomorrow, if we haven't played it, we have to pay it. Can xou even
contemplate what the possibhlity of relegation would mean for this club?
We are more than ?19 in debt. It doesn't bear thinking about. OK
thank you. A couple of months ago, Hereford United survived on goal
difference only. Tonight's battle for survival could be just `s close
and we could also go right to the wire. Back to you.
At the end of a week in which the Government proposdd
a new generation of garden cities, the National Trust has raisdd
the possibility of one being built in the Black Country, which could
possibly be called 'Albion'. A Staffordshire MP and Government
minister has told the BBC the top priority for future housing
developments should be to use 'brown field sites.
Nel Mac I think the point about the garden cities is that it is making
development where local people want it. People in Staffordshire are very
clear that when we got brown field sites, we need housing, we have
villages where housing is ndeded. Local communities make the decision
where that housing should bd. field sites.
And the Sunday Politics will also have a special report on proposals
for Shropshire Fire and Rescue to share control room services with
neighbouring brigades. That's on BBC One from 11.00am
on Sunday. The Second Battalion,
the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have marched through
Warwick today, as they recehved It was probably the last tile
the soldiers will be on par`de there, as the battalion is due to be
disbanded in August, as part of A hero's welcome for The troops
in Warwick today. Warwickshire County Council has
awarded the freedom of the county to The Royal Regiment of Fusilhers
And, as a show pf thanks, the 2nd Battalion took part
in a special parade. Looking on was 91`year`old
Jean Waldrop, whose grandson was part of the landing.
So difficult because they all look so much alike, but he told
us that he had a sword, and we looked out for him and saw him.
And captain Robert King also has a family connection to the regiment.
My grandfather served in The Royal Regiment on D`Day,
this day 70 years ago, where he won the military Cross
and also my father, who was here watching the 2nd Battalion, between
1969 and 1988, so for me to then carry that tradition on is `mazing.
The County Council says it hs keen to capitalise on tradition
and the regiment's strong rdlation with Warwickshire.
They are part of our DNA, wd are a strong recruiting area for them.
And we felt we wanted that commitment to be exposed
and nationally exposed. It is really important for ts that
the Fusiliers are welcomed `s part of the family of Warwickshire.
It seemed the spectators couldn't agrde more.
It is really worthwhile. It gives them a big opportunity to
show everybody what they can do He could be the future, couldn't he?
He could be one of the future soldiers here, and it is
very good to show how proud we are of our actual citizens and how well
they have looked after country. I think we are very lucky
to have such people. This parade holds additional
significance because it will be one of the last
ceremonial occasions by the troops from the 2nd Battalion as the merger
with the 1st Battalion in Atgust. A salute for the Duke of Kent,
an historic day for the reghment. Amy Cole, BBC Midlands Todax,
Warwick. It's been a poignant day
for a Staffordshire town, as people turned out to mark
the fiftieth anniversary of a train Two children and a rail worker died,
whilst others lost limbs on the so called Lollipop Express, which
was taking them on a day trhp. Joanne Writtle joined peopld in
Stafford, including a crash survivor When dad arrived at
the hospital that day, therd was a Mary Tiernan, aged nine,
one of 230 children who set off from Stafford, but never re`ched
their destination in York. The train, known as the Lollipop
Express, derailed in Cheshire. I was in a coma for three months,
and I had a blood clot on the brain. I had burns to my legs, scalds,
burns. Mary's parents travelled dahly to
Manchester to visit her in hospital. When I woke up, I was surrotnded by
doctors, and then I saw my dad and Mary spent nine months
learning to walk. Today, he joined her and thd rest
of her family at a service to mark Mary and Liam Heffernan,
now in their eighties, lost their daughter, Christhne
Heffernan and Louis Heffern`n died One that even 50 years afterwards,
you don't forget where you were or At Saint Austin's school,
rose bushes were planted. The shadow the crash cast over
Stafford is still evident h`lf a century on, with the incrddible
support this commemoration has had. John Gibson lost his arm,
but embraced his life. I can never really remember being
that upset about it, to be honest, because I was always too busy
trying to get on with my life when I I could still ride a bike,
I could still play rugby, Survivors and family have got
on with their lives for the last 50 years,
but today was a day to remelber It seems
like another life time away to us. And you can read more the
Lollipop Express on the bbc news A couple from Staffordshire who ve
taught themselves to make sheepskins and yarn, using wool from r`re
breeds of sheep, have caught The makers of a new Walt Disney
blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie contacted David and Karen Griffiths
` asking them to help creatd sets Nine years ago,
David and Karen Griffiths knew nothing about the woollen industry,
but a personal tragedy led to them reviving a traditional
and once common crafting skhlls We lost my oldest son from
my first marriage in a car crash nine years ago and decided `t that
time to get out of the rat race and The couple make fleeces using bolt
from the UK's 60 rare It is a craft that has declhned
considerably in recent years, one that has brought Hollywood film
makers to their smallholding. It is in the story of sleephng
beauty, starring Angelina Jolie It was made at Pinewood Studios and its
producers asked David and c`rrying to supply 36 places to addrdss some
of the main sets. It is not everyday that you expect a little back garden
business to end up being involved with Disney. One of the reasons the
film`makers got in touch was that they wanted traditional fledces from
rare breeds here. If they h`d gone for the modern fleeces that we are
used to, it simply would not have had the same dramatic effect. In her
workshop, Karen spends her time preparing the will customers from as
far afield as America and Atstralia. She has become passionate about a
cottage industry which she fears has been in danger of dying in this
country. Back in the 40s and the 50s, women's magazines, thex had
come to data patterns, people were passionate about knitting. We seem
to have lost, to a certain degree, that crafting ability. The film has
just been released in the chnemas, and of course David and Kardn have
been examining the sets cre`ted for this fantasy world, with
particularly keen eyes. Tomorrow certainly isn't gohng to be
the best weather to be out `nd about ` but the weekend isn't going
to be a total washout. And it's certainly been
a nice day today. Our temperatures haven't done too
badly either ` up to 22 celcius in Hereford and still plentx
of sunshine to enjoy this evening. We're under warmer air too so it's
feeling rather pleasant out there. We have had some cloud
around today ` particularly earlier on ` but plenty of clear spdlls
through the afternoon and more to come over the next few hours ` with
that warmer air over us temperatures A few showers working their way
up from the south during thd early hours, and it'll be a sticky
night with lows of 13`16 celcius. Tomorrow is a different picture `
we have a Met Office Yellow weather warning in place for heavy rain `
we could see 25 mm of rainf`ll within an hour ` with some
localised flooding possible as heavy Those showers with us
from the morning some heavy bursts in there, hail, thunder
and blustery around them too. They will start to clear aw`y
during the afternoon ` still The air
behind those showers is a lhttle fresher ` but the sun is sthll
strong and later in the day those temperatures will start to rise up
to 21 celcius ` possibly higher Once the showers clear away some
sunny spells to enjoy to end the day and clear spells to come ovdrnight `
it'll be a slightly fresher night than we're seeing tonight ` with
lows between 11 and 13 celchus. looking much better on
Sunday ` we're still in the grip of high pressure `
but sunny spells and the odd shower Good news if you're heading
off to the Cosford Airshow ` there will be some cloud about
but not a bad day with tempdratures And it's a very similar
picture into next week ` So once we get through tomorrow `
it's looking much better. D`Day remembered `
world leaders have paid tribute to the men who changed the course
of the Second World War.