23/08/2014 Midlands Today


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The Herefordshire economy is receiving a much`needed boost,


thanks to its own home grown produce.


The flavours of Herefordshire Festival kicked off today,


with thousands expected to `ttend over the Bank Holiday weekend.


Now in its ninth year, the festival brought ?3 million


And for those attending tod`y, there was also the bonus


There's a flavour to suit everyone and it's all been


It's one of the biggest events on the foodie calendar


and organisers predict at least 40,000 people will attend


We provide a real mixture. Ht's not just a food festival, it's `ll about


the flavours of Herefordshire Festival, including activithes and


craft. We were about every flavour of Herefordshire.


Sharing recipes, tips and expertise, Mary Berry, from the


BBC's Great British Bake`Off, was today's star attraction.


But whilst visitors enjoyed edible delights and tantalising tastes


I think it's lovely that evdryone is interested in food. You can't beat


home`cooked food. I think it is a skill that is coming back.


But whilst visitors enjoyed edible delights and tantalising tastes


local traders were feeding off the benefits.


It brings people in from different areas that would normally come in.


All the regulars still come in as well, so it's great. We've got a lot


of people coming and for Coffey and stay to have food. With over 12


exhibitors, festival organisers hope it will give visitors a taste of


what Herefordshire has two of. `` to offer.


A nine`year`old boy has died after falling into a weir


He's said to have got into difficulty in the water


near Tuttbury Mill early yesterday evening.


He was taken to Hospital in Burton`upon`Trent,


He's yet to be formally identified, and his death isn't being treated


Police are investigating after a large fire forced elderly rdsidents


Officers are treating the blaze which damaged up to six terraced


Five fire crews were called to Johnson Close at around 3:00am


One of the region's major shopping centres was evacuated this `fternoon


after an unexploded grenade was handed into a nearby police station.


The Touchwood Centre in Solihull was cleared and nearby


roads closed after the discovery of the old World War Two device


Work to improve the on`street Midland Metro tram


tracks through Wolverhampton is due to start next month.


The ?4.5 million project will take three months.


Worn out tracks, which are 15 years old,


will be replaced and a repl`cement bus service will be in oper`tion


Onto today's sport, starting with cricket, and Birmingham Bears will


play either Lancashire or H`mpshire in tonight's T20 Final at Edgbaston.


The Bears enjoyed a 16`run semi`final victory over


Ian Bell, back from England Test duty, hit 38 off just 17 balls, but


it was William Porterfield who took the Man of the Match honours for


Onto today's football, and in the Premier League, Aston Villa


and Newcastle shared a goalless draw at lunchtime, while West Brom then


In the Championship, Birmingham City drew 1`1


at Brentford, after taking the lead through a Paul Caddis penalty,


while Wolves beat Cardiff Chty, thanks to a last`minute own goal.


Onto League One where Walsall were goalless at Leyton Orient,


and it was a similar outcomd for Coventry City at MK Dons.


But Port Vale slipped up, beaten 2`0 at home by Notts County.


In League Two, Burton Albion drew 1`1 at


Newport County, and it was the same for Shrewsbury at Northampton.


Cheltenham Town came from behind to beat Tranmere 3`2.


Results in the Conference, @FC Telford lost 1`0 at Bristol Rovers.


Kidderminster Harriers drew 0`0 at Macclefield and Nuneaton went


Let's take a check now on what the weather's got in store


Good evening. We've had quite a few showers today and gradually starting


die away. With clear skies starting to form, the night`time temperatures


start to drop to a minimum of five Celsius, probably low in rural


areas, closer to two or thrde Celsius. Quite a bit of sunshine


tomorrow morning with the chance of a few showers into the afternoon.


Our next bulletin is at 6:50pm tomorrow evening.


It has been a familiar story again today, pleasant in the sunshine but


certainly a chill in the air and tonight will be unusually cold for


this time of year. There will be some sunshine on Sunday before cloud


increases in the West to bring some rain around on Monday.


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