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cooler through the weekend, but the weather is looking pretty good


Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:


Helping Harry Help Others ` the charity dedicated to the melory of


Harry Moseley gives a children's cancer unit a ?78,000 boost.


Mind the gap ` apprenticeshhps have trebled in over the last ten years,


so why are employers worried about a shortage of skills in our region?


Not just about England, our Premier League players `re


flying the flags for multiple nations in the World Cup.


A bumper crop of strawberrids, thanks to one


For us to have four players from four different continents in the


World Cup is a source of prhde. Will we be able to pull it out of the bag


tomorrow and at the weekend? You will hear all about it later.


The mother of Harry Moseley, the young Birmingham boy who raised


hundreds of thousands of potnds for charity as he battled


a brain tumour, has given a cancer unit appeal a ?78,000 boost.


Harry earned the title "Britain's kindest kid" before his


death in October 2011 as he became famous for makhng


Since his death, his mum Georgie has set up ` charity


shop and a family centre at a local hospice, in Harry's memory.


And this afternoon she handdd over the cash to help young people


like Harry having treatment in his home city.


He was important because he was ill and he made loads of braceldts and


made loads of money even though he had cancer.


They don't have as long a lhfe as us because they don't `` because they


have cancer. Harry raised thousands of pounds for cancer research. A


charity set up in his name `s `` has recently funded a room at this


hospice. This is the Harry Loseley centre which we were honourdd to be


able to support and give ?300,0 0 to help them create a home frol home


environment where families can be together in a time of need during


the final stages. The charity is helping out with another big`money


project. A cheque for ?78,000. Help Harry Help Others is teaming up with


the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. We are the largest unit outside London and


if we weren't able to work with partners like this charity we


wouldn't be able to help thd number that we want to or need to.


Some children have their radiotherapy in here but thdir


parents have to stay in the waiting room. There is nowhere Priv`te for


them to go. However, they whll soon have their own dedicated room where


they will be able to take thme out, tacked to the medics and it is the


charity that will fund this. The hospital is even giving up hts old


archive room and turning it into a treatment area. Back at Harry's


headquarters, his face beams. Always smiling.


Coming up later: Frozen veg with a difference, the University seed bank


which is securing the futurd of the nation's vegetables.


The number of young people on apprenticeships in the West Midlands


has trebled in the last dec`de, according to government figtres


Across the region, there ard now more than 60,000 apprentices,


but despite that increase, dmployers are increasingly worried about


In some areas it's so acute there's concern it could hold back growth.


Here's our business correspondent, Peter Plisner.


High`tech manufacturing in South Birmingham. This company makes


automated production equipmdnt. They have seen growth of 25% in the last


few years and they want to double their size within three years.


According to its managing dhrector, finding people with the right skills


isn't easy though. It is extremely difficult in our business as there


is only a limited pool of qtalified engineers in the marketplacd because


there are similar companies to us accelerating their growth as well at


this time. Part of the answer our apprdntices.


Jake started here last year and is already acquiring valuable new


skills. It is an expensive decision though and in the past we h`ve taken


trainees and graduates and we have formulated that now into school


leavers. Record numbers of new apprentices has meant the nded of a


new training centre which h`s been set up by the EEF. Jake and others


come here for the formal part of their training. We are the dmployers


organisation so we are employer driven and owned and we pride


ourselves on being responsive to the needs of our employers. That is


where we gain as we underst`nd their needs and we understand enghneering


and pride ourselves that we understand apprentices. This has


cost more than ?3 million to set up and trains in a variety of


disciplines. Here, apprentices are shown how to use lathes and over


there is the latest technology, machines that make components


controlled by computer will stop for people like Jake it is a grdat


learning experience. I am ldarning whilst on learning. I would probably


have gone to university and have had massive debt. The increasing number


of apprentices is already hdlping to bridge the so`called skills gap but


it is only part of the solution The Business Secretary has been in


Staffordshire today looking at the way one of the region 's biggest


employers has been ensuring they have a skilled workforce to deal


with manufacturing in the ftture. The Business Secretary met the


business brains of the future. This is the JCB Academy. It is the UK's


first academy dedicated to developing the skills of engineers


and entrepreneurs between 14 and 19. Later, at the headquartdrs,


Doctor cable discussed the importance of doing more to tackle


the skills shortage seen in some industries. More needs to bd done


because I want the recovery to be sustained and concentrated on


manufacturing and exports which will keep the economy going and we need


trained people to do that. Apprentices had been educatdd here


and are now amongst the first to graduate and work full`time to ``


for JCB. It prepared me for being in the working environment bec`use it


was so hands on. We were also treated as young adults as we were


in the workplace are ready. The skills relate to what I am doing now


as I have to run through projects in design. Run them into production.


JCB's chairman delivered his maiden speech in the House of Lords this


week. It takes time. I would be very keen and I mentioned it to dogs came


bowl `` Doctor cable and I would to any politician, industry nedds a


long`term strategy and educ`tion should be part of that. The ambition


to improve skills is reflected in investment in apprenticeships but


all sides agree much more ndeds to be done.


There are just a few hours to go until the World Cup


More than 100 players from the Premier League will be hoping


it's their country who'll bd lifting the trophy in a month's timd.


Fans of Stoke City have plenty of teams to cheer with four


of their stars representing four different nations.


Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is already a hero to Stoke City supporters


after a string of fine performances in the Premier League.


But he's also one of the biggest stars


They've brought joy to a nation after qualifying for the World Cup


It will be very special for myself and the whole family. It has been a


lifelong dream of mine so to achieve it is great. We want to achheve


something at the World Cup. Hopefully we can be positivd and


achieved something. Wilson Palacios is in the Honduras squad for the


tournament whilst the American team features Geoff Cameron in ddfence.


And striker Odemwingie will come up against Begovic in their group. We


are in a global league which means players that we attract our global


superstars. For us to have four players from four different


continents playing in the World Cup is a source of great pride. I am


pleased and proud. Shawcross ought to have been there though. Begovic


is one of the best in the Premier League. It is great for our club.


Very proud. They are also ilmensely proud that players like Begovic will


be carrying their name to the World Cup.


A World Cup party organised by BBC WM is taking place now


in Birmingham City Centre, `nd Ben Sidwell is there for us now


Ben, who needs Copacobana bdach in Rio


Absolutely. The excitement hs greater in Brazil, I suspect. Plenty


of England fans are making their way over to the World Cup, incltding a


number from right here in the Midlands.


Wherever Robin Evans goes hhs England flag is never far bdhind. It


has travelled around Europe, Miami and is now heading for the big one


in Brazil. I can't wait. It is once in a lifetime. The one everxone


wants to go to, in Brazil. Fingers crossed we will do well. With


hundreds of flags making thdir trip to Brazil, the competition for pride


of place will almost be as competitive as the game on the


pitch. Quite a lot of peopld turn up and there is argy`bargy to try and


get there first and get the best place. A friend of mine is Dnglish


as well. In Detroit, Glen from Sutton Coldfield has been dhsplaying


his new `` his England flag, to the bewilderment of many Americ`ns.


There is not much of their height in the United States so I really had to


come back home for it or go to Brazil and watch it there.


Back at Stoke City, a permanent tribute to one of the club `nd


countries legends who has fond memories of Brazil. Playing them,


anyhow! When you think all the great saves goalkeepers have made and for


people to remember this one... It is something very, very special. Robin


and Glen and their flags will hope their World Cup memories ard just as


special. Robin has completed a 48 hotr treat


and has arrived in Brazil. Glenn is due to get there on Wednesd`y but


the question is, how will England do? Former Coventry and Aston Villa


midfielder, and what do you think? I think they will do better than most


people think. They will get out of their group. It will be a vdry good


competition for us. We never do well in South America historically. Can


we cope with the weather? That is the problem. It will be eight have


game for us and for Italy bdcause humidity is a problem. If wd can get


out of that game OK and then I am confident we can do well ag`inst


Uruguay and Costa Rica. With our exciting young talent, it is quite


exciting. For the first timd, no one expects anything and we might be


surprised. Is it a good thing that there is almost an apathy? The


atmosphere is building. Tomorrow night, and kick`off, the whole


nation will be right behind the country and if we get off to a great


start it will build and mount as the competition goes forward. The


atmosphere is building. Everything is fantastic. The Brazilians tonight


are opening the tournament `nd they are very colourful. If we c`n


surprise a view and progress into the tournament you never know. We


may do better than everyone thinks. Who will win? Brazil!


The University of Warwick h`s been tasked with securing the future


The government is funding a project to save the seeds of rare and wild


The aim is to preserve DNA that could help solve


Our science correspondent, David Gregory`Kumar, spent the day


This is a great store of gi`nt `` genetic diversity we can usd to


breed into crop varieties in the future. If there is less water in


the future there might be useful drought resistant genes in ` wild


lettuce stored here. The sedd bank is a living thing and the sdeds need


to be regenerated and grown into plants from which new seed hs


gathered. Seed can only be stored for so long and in order to store in


long`term it needs to be tested for viability. Periodically, depending


on the crop type, crops are taken out and they will be regenerated. An


important part of this is these fellows. Maggots are import`nt


because some of the vegetables will need to be pollinated by flhes. Take


these and turn them into flhes and they do the hard work for you.


Carrots, and lettuce, turnips and more. These 14,000 seeds lock and


key are a vital insurance against all sorts of threats from drought to


pest and disease. If we didn't have this then you couldn't do that.


These are equally if not more important for future breeding


activities. They don't tastd as good? No. Some of our rarest


vegetables kept alive so th`t people in the UK can keep on eating our


greens. Our top story: The charity dedicated


to the memory of Harry Mosldy gives a children's cancer unit a 78 `` 70


?8,000 boost. Woman`macro whll report from Herefordshire as


strawberry growers expect a bumper crop.


British strawberry growers predict a highly successful crop thanks to the


wet and mild winter. More than 51,000 tonnes of the fruit `re


expected to be picked at Brhtish farms this summer. We met a


strawberry grower from Herefordshire.


Looking for strawberries thhs summer than Herefordshire is your place.


Here they expect a bumper crop right before the kick `` picking. We have


just come out of the wettest winter for years and we have had a mild


swing `` spring with good lhght levels and we have been abld to


strike the strawberry crop three weeks earlier than normal. There


will be strawberries available for the next six months which is really


encouraging. The county produces 20% of this country is soft fruht and


this business is one of its biggest contributors with a turnover of 1000


tonnes of strawberries annu`lly While the weather may have played


its part, it can often play havoc and without modern farming lethods,


there might not be a thriving soft fruit industry. Water is a big issue


and we have been able to save it in these structures and recycld it


These poly tunnels and tabld top planting systems have protected the


crops. Also investment in ndw varieties has meant it is now


available out of season but still bursting with flavour. Less need for


imports. When it comes to plant breeding, this succulent and scented


fruit is judged on shape, shze, and aroma. This one is the queen of the


crop and is a perfect heart`shaped. It is naturally sweet and h`s a


distinctive and fresh aroma. And... It is so tasty. But it is also


valuable to the local and n`tional economy. Horticulture in thhs region


uses 3% of land to produce one fifth of the region 's agricultur`l output


of which 110,000 tonnes is fruit and 870,000 tonnes of vegetables.


British very sales alone have doubled in the past decade. That is


why this gem is a nation 's little treasure, perhaps.


Sutton Coldfield has this evening become only the fourth town


in the country to be bestowdd with an official "Royal" title.


Royal Sutton Coldfield is the region's second "royal" town.


Royal Leamington Spa was gr`nted the patronage in 1838 by Queen Victoria.


The announcement has just been made at Westminster.


We wish to reassert something we claim never to have lost and which


we have enjoyed down the centuries. That the Royal town of Sutton


Coldfield bears this title hn perpetuity as clearly documdnted


throughout our history. An historic moment. Kath, dhdn't the


town already have a royal town of some sort?


Well, it is Royal already. Henry VIII was the one who granted its


Royal Charter. It has been largely forgotten no particularly as it has


become part of Birmingham. Two years ago, the local paper launchdd a


campaign to end this confushon once and for all and this afternoon they


were busy putting together tomorrow's triumphant front`page. It


will now be known as the Roxal Sutton Coldfield Observer. We asked


people to prove that Sutton Coldfield is Royal and we got an


avalanche of people sending in information about family hehrlooms


and keepsakes and evidence of the Royal past of the town. Well, with


me is Elizabeth Allison, thd chairman of the local civic society.


Welcome to Royal Sutton Coldfield. How does that sound? It is great


news and so many people herd will be delighted to it. May I pay tribute


to the people who put in so much effort to achieve this end `nd not


least our MP, Andrew Mitchell, and Marion Baxter who collated `ll the


evidence and took it to London to present it. Why does it matter? It


is certainly not snobbery btt people just believed it was their right as


it was granted in the 16th century. It had been preserved in melory over


the years. The civic societx played a small part in restoring the Royal


town signs on certain occashons It is based on what people truly


believed they were entitled to. A lot of support? Yes, a very popular


campaign here. Thank you. All Royal Sutton Coldfield needs now hs a


Royal visit and I imagine a letter is winging its way to the P`lace as


we speak. Jeremy Houghton is an artist with a


royal seal of approval. He hs now painting at Windsor Castle for the


Queen but it is his links whth rural life in the Cotswolds which led him


to explore the role of horsds in World War I.


Horses have always played a role in Jeremy Houghton's life. Frol a boy


growing up in Broadway to an artist who paints them today. But ht was


his grandfather's photo collection that inspired his latest exhibition


from the meadows of the Cotswolds to the fields of the Somme. It was a


rule, equestrian village and horses were part of its way of lifd. They


help recreate the story. It is a vivid relevant photo. Insidd this


gallery of Broadway, the role of horses through the war is told


through paintings. They looked like photo negatives. With this


exhibition I have tried to still `` tell the story of life before,


during and after the war. Prewar you have scenes like this. Yes, it is an


important part of the narrative of the exhibition. You didn't have a


say in the matter as horses were owned by the state. 1.2 million


horses were used in the war, transporting artillery and len. Many


started life in rural places. This could be a farming lead with horses


who was ploughing the fields and then, because of the circumstances,


they find themselves in the middle of the Somme stuck in the mod ``


mode with bombs going around them. A really gritty, dark side to what was


quite a miserable war. Todax, Jeremy shows hp through paintings of races,


hunting and parades. 100 ye`rs ago, the same horsepower was being used


in the war effort. It has been perfect weather to ripen


strawberries. Any chance it will stay that way? Not as high `s it was


a couple of days ago, Mary. Turning cloudier over the weekend btt


otherwise pleasant. However, the pollen level is rocketing at the


moment as the temperature rhses by a couple of degrees by tomorrow. As


the high`pressure pulls awax to the Atlantic it allows a frontal system


to push down from the North. This is what could produce the odd spot of


rain. Nothing major. This evening and tonight, plenty of late sunshine


and clearer skies as we head into the night. Cloud flitting in and out


but it is dry and warm. Starting off with clear skids


tomorrow morning so bags of sunshine. Through the day the cloud


will start to thicken. The best part of the day is the morning, like


today. Very nice temperaturds indeed! The cloud will edge in


through the evening tomorrow and perhaps in the afternoon.


That brings in a clutch of showers but they will be very light. Towards


the tail end of tomorrow night it will be drier. Again, very warm To


the weekend and it will be largely cloudy for Saturday. The odd spot of


rain but temperatures not that high because of the cloud. Simil`r values


on Sunday but there should be more sunshine then.


The headlines, Iraqi forces launch air strikes against Islamist


militants advancing on Baghdad. And the charity dedicated to thd memory


of Harry Mosley gives a children's cancer unit a ?78,000 boost.


The first elephant born at Westminster Midlands Safari Park has


been named in honour of Cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton. Stephen


or Sutton were frontrunners in a competition to name the elephant.


Stephen died last month and raised more than ?4 million. We hope you


can join us later.


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