02/08/2014 Midlands Today


02/08/2014

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Crowds flocked to Birmingham to see a moving artistic commemoration to

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the millions who lost their lives in the First World War.

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5,000 frozen statues were left to simply melt away

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in the summer sunshine ahead of Monday's anniversary

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5,000 figures each representing a life lost in the First World War.

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Hundreds gathered in Chamberlain Square to take part in Mimimum

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Momument created in Birmingham by an award`winning Brazilian artist.

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I am very, very happy. I'm emotional. I thank you very much, so

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much Birmingham. The first sculpture to be laid

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on the steps of Chamberlain Square was in memory

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of a soldier without a monument. Captain John Osborne Walford of the

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Worcestershire regiment fought at Ypres and Passchendaele, he took his

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own life four years after war ended. They were boys, they were 18, 19. He

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must have seen these boys coming out from England and then there were no

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longer there. I had all those thoughts going round and seeing them

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all here, they are all being remembered.

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It is really nice, this way to commemorate them. It looks very

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effective. Is good for everybody. This is in honour of my great, great

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uncle, private Peter Anthony Doyle. He was killed in action in 1917. He

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was 19 years old. Minimum Monument has been brought

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here with the help of the What a response. Just seeing

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everybody here, a huge turnout. It is unbelievable. And it is a

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poignant moment, but there is a buzz in the air. It is fantastic, quite

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emotional. Here but for a short time, but a

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memory which will last a lifetime. And you can see more pictures

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from Minimum Monument on The UK Independence Party's youth

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wing ` Young Independence ` has been Around 150 delegates attended the

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event at Birmingham's Council House. The party says its youth section has

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grown rapidly in the last year. Not just a party

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for the older generation. UKIP's image as a refuge

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for retired Colonels and their wives may need a rethink ` as

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more young people are joining up. UKIP, for me, is a different way of

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doing politics. I been in a party for two years now and it has been

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very refreshing. this will dictate the rest of your working life. It

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seems big when you are young, but it is important for your future. I

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think it is important for your future. . I think tuition fees for

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example, housing prices, all things that are affecting young people.

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The speakers are well underway behind me.

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2,600 young people are members of UKIP ` 700 of them joined

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The numbers have been rolling in. It is exceptional. These are the people

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for our future. These are the people who will make the changes in

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politics so we must nurture them and help them as well as supports them.

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They are excellent. They're now hoping to make it

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an annual event. There's been another two medals for

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the Midlands at the Commonwealth Games this afternoon, both

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for competitors from Warwickshire. Kelly Sibley from Leamington Spa and

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her partner Danny Read won a Bronze Emma Beddoes also got a Bronze

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in the women's squash doubles with The region now has 33 medals

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in total. Time for the weather now

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with Charlie Slater. Unfortunately a lot of rain we have

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had today. But things are now improving and we should see bright

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weather to end the day. Overnight ill be mainly dry and cool. There

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will be lows of 11 degrees in parts of Herefordshire. Into Sunday, it is

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looking like a really nice day. Lots of blue sky and sunshine and it will

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stay dry throughout. Apart from a bit of jazz or, here and there.

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Avast improvement on today as reflected in those temperatures

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there, too. Things improve as we go into the working week were able be

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largely dry and quite bright at times, too.

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Before we go time to congratulate Stuart Kertel

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from Warwickshire who has successfully completed a four`day

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charity mission to push a sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose!

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They'll be a full report on that in Monday's programme.

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Your next Midlands update is tomorrow evening at 6.50pm.

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that you have a very good evening, goodbye.

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It has been one of those days, Sony for some and pouring with rain for

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others. Locally there has been intense downpours. Further west,

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resolutely cloudy and wet across the heart of

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