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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today on our 50th birthday.


Half a dozen businesses closed and a school's shut


after an industrial estate's hit by a third fire in a week.


I haven't been able to sleep for two nights, since the early hours of


Saturday morning. Police are blaming arsonists


and firefighters are still `t After a ?26 million revamp,


a new name for the National Indoor We'll be looking back through


the archives at how programles used to be made, and meeting somd


of today's viewers who have joined And for the very latest


on the weather, a decent wedk ahead Details on when you can expdct


some rain later in the programme. There's growing concern


about a series of suspected arson attacks which have caused d`mage


estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds and today


forced a Birmingham school to shut. Two fires during the space


of 48 hours and a third Tonight


the police are mounting special patrols and appealing for c`lm


as people living nearby say they're Our Special Correspondent Pdter


Wilson has spent the day The whole of Reddings Lane


and nearby roads in Tyseley. The latest fire spread quickly


in the early hours of this lorning, The first blaze destroyed offices


on Saturday. I haven't been able to sleep for two


nights, since the early hours of Saturday morning. It has bedn


scary, actually. We've had no sleep. My mother`in`law camd up She


was the one to spot it at four o'clock in the morning. It has been


a long, dangerous Dave. Ambtlances stand by as firefighters continued


to deal with hotspots burning in the rubble. Conditions are arduous. The


roof of the building has bedn severely affected. We are not sure


what effect that has had on the structure. The conditions are going


to be hot. 70 fire firefighters battled


the latest fire. The police are treating all


the cases as suspected arson. I understand some of the residents


in the local area might be puite concerned in relation to wh`t has


happened and it has caused significant disruption. What I would


ask is that if anybody has `ny information that can insist us with


our investigation, please m`ke contact. Fire crews will be working


into the night. The police investigation teams are due to work


for many days longer. The local school here will not reopen tomorrow


morning. That is due to the fact the nearby buildings are going to be


demolished. A deal to buy


the NEC Group is expected to be One of the main attractions of the


sale is the newly revamped National Today, as part


of a major sponsorship deal, it was announced that the NIA's nale will


change to the Barclaycard Arena It attracts one million people a


year and generates ?150 million in No wonder the National Indoor Arena


is such an attractive proposition to Opened in 1991,


for the past 18 months the venue's been undergoing a ? 6


million revamp, which will see it become the biggest in the Mhdlands's


with a capacity of almost 16,00 . Regardless of whoever the ndw


shareholder is, we have poshtion this arena as a world`class arena.


It can attract major events into the city and appeal to audiences in this


region and beyond. From December these signs whll go,


as the venue changes its name to the Barclaycard Arena,


part of a major sponsorship deal. Some changes in brand have not been


successful but others, over time, consumers get used to. It is


possible that people will still referred to it as the NIA. Others


will take on board that it has branded in a different way. But it's


not just the new name for the venue that has been revealed todax.


They've also announced the `ctor will be performing on the stage on


December the 2nd, for the official opening of the arena. When Lichael


Buble takes to the stage on opening night, it will not only havd a new


name but a new owner to. Just down the canal towpath


from the arena, at the International Convention Centre the


first full day of the Conservative party conference has been dominated


by the Chancellor, George Osborne. His keynote speech aimed to seize


back the initiative, after a weekend of damaging headlhnes and


protests in Birmingham against the Our political editor, Patrick Burns


joins us from the conferencd. He accused Ed Miliband of bding


unfit for office, for forgetting to mention the deficit in his


conference speech last week. His clear protest bash his clear message


to protesters on the street yesterday is that the government has


no alternative. This is indded a government which has a plan and it


is working. We can either pretend to the British people that this can be


done with hardly any cuts. That is what we saw last week. All we can


level with people now and tdll them the kind of difficult decishons that


are still required to fix the economy. Of course, the othdr big


question hanging over conference is UKIP and how the Conservatives


should respond to that. Was any thing said about that?


It has been the buzz around the building. Ever since Michael fabric


and first raised the idea of pacts, the high command had been


pooh`poohing the idea. I am joined by Laurence Robertson. Can xou


envisage a situation in which UKIP and Eurosceptic Conservativds might


not fight each other at the election? I think if UKIP are


serious about the issues, r`ther than it being some ego trip, they


ought to come back to the Conservative Party. I think they


want to support us. We win the election, get the referendul and


people will have the opposition `` opportunity to come out of the


union. Do you think you shotld be talking to one another in the


context of the election? In terms of grown`up politics, we have to talk.


People are very worried abott the EU and immigration. They want something


done about it. The problem hs, a vote for UKIP will lead to ` Labour


government. They will not bd any referendum then. There will be more


immigration and EU. That is not what people want. You are at the


Eurosceptic end of the Consdrvative Party yourself. Is there anx


suggestion that you yourself might jump ship to UKIP? Absolutely not.


I'm a conservative. I will be fighting cheap spree as a


conservative. It's really r`ther foolish for people to leave the


Conservative Party at the vdry point that we are winning the argtment.


There is going to be a manifesto pledge for any EU referendul. It's


very silly to leave now. Th`nk you. I will have more from the convention


centre about why the Conservatives are planning to hold three lore


conferences here. That will be in our late bulletin.


If you didn't catch the Now if you didn't catch


the film Marvellous on BBC Two, It told the moving story of


Neil Baldwin, known as Nello, And Nello's on BBC One tonight


on Inside Out. The former Stoke City kit`m`n even


took the time to give presenter Andy Akinwolere some tips


on his football skills. For more,


watch Inside Out West Midlands, 50 years ago this week,


in September 1964, Midlands Today began broadcasting from a btilding


not very far from here, that's half a century of bringing the ndws to


you from around the region. All this week we're celebrating


our anniversary and looking back on five decades of headline news,


heartwarming stories, the strange So, to start our journey back


in time, let's join Mary who's deep I didn't even know that this part of


the building existed. It is where we keep the film archive and no wonder


we need so much space, with film canisters this size. It's r`ther


different from the tiny little cards that we record on today. And in the


basement is also where we kdep back copies of the radio Times. We've got


thousands of editions, bound up in huge volumes. Including this one


which just happens to be September the 28th 1964. There it is, the very


first edition of Midlands today Each day on Midlands today this


week, we will feature a French decade. What better place to at the


beginning? Good evening and welcome to the first edition of Midlands


today. Internet's programme, we take a look at orienteering, hear about a


new course on local governmdnt and discuss the body beautiful.


1964 and the birth of Midlands Today and the weight of expectation had


This is a very exciting momdnt for us on television but tonight I'm not


speaking to you from Alexandra Palace but from a small rool at


Sutton Coldfield. From a newsroom,


in Birmingham's Broad Street, the sound of typewriters trhggered


a local news revolution. And one man was there from the


start. I have been voted ITV personality of the year. I had a


light`hearted image. I had on ITV. When I came to the BBC, I thought I


will become a hard man. He might be 84 but he still enjoys


sharing his experiences One of the things I remember was


interviewing the King of Tonga. Must have been 30 stone. As he s`t down,


we realised the King's backside wouldn't fit the chair. He couldn't


get in. We ran out and got `nother chair. He stayed like that tntil the


check`in. In an era that saw Birmingh`m band


The Move scoring a strring of hits, In 1974, the move was on to Pebble


Mill studios, in glorious colour. Good evening and welcome to another


edition of Midlands today, which comes to you for the very fhrst time


from pebble Mill, Birminghal. I am not speaking to you from our own


studios. It was a studio th`t was so small, every time you hit `` stood


up, you hit your head. The thing I was looking forward to was the new


studio. And going into colotr. This is new studio B, where I work every


weekday. Now, of course, in colour. Tom Coyne brought us


the biggest news stories into our living rooms and those that


captured a generation. In the '60s,


the famous Mini rolled off They were still making


around 300,000 a year by 1974. From Mini to mini skirts


and they they were the must have fashion item, unless


it was this particular design, I don't think it will catch on in


Wolverhampton. Also in 1972,


the Gravelley Hill Interchange opened and Spaghettie juncthon has


been loved and loathed ever since. We are opening what can onlx be


described as the motorway htb of Britain.


You'd think that Tom Coyne had fulfilled his earlier promise


for hard`hitting journalism, think again.


We decided to inject a little bit of fun and the programme. I cannot


remember what the story was but we decided to do laurel and Hardy. Have


you seen that? Tom is on thd left, by the way.


Tom also provided guest voices on the archers, something he w`sn't


really supposed to do. I thought if I'm playing a young lover in the


archer and I'm interviewing the Prime Minister tonight, it doesn't


quite work that way. Watch Tom's face


as a band play him a farewell song on his last programme,


a song ruined by audio problems I don't think I heard this song


properly yet. I thought it was marvellously kind, especially as I


was leaving to go to the opposition. You met some incredible people,


didn't you? The first time H met Muhammad Ali, I said, would he hit


me on the jaw? He said, you want to be famous, don't you? And the big


names were pulling in And the big names were pullhng


in viewers to Midlands Todax, while the team of journalists aimdd to


deliver news that packed a punch. It dates back to 1957, and despite


are a bit obscene, I It dates back to 1957, and despite


its size, it is pretty heavx. The public spaces open seven daxs a


week. Do come along and havd a look. You can even have a go at bding a


presenter. Trust me, there hs absolutely nothing to it. Wd have


been digitising some you saw it earlier in the b`sement.


We have masses offered. Man of the match Sean Geddis scored


twice in their 3`1 win, to earn a trip to Leamington


in the next round, next month. Back now to our big milestone,


Midlands Today's 50th birthday. We couldn't let it pass without


a party and first on the gudst list A couple of hours ago,


a dozen guests came to our studios here at the Mailbox to


see what goes into each programme. It's the digital age.


TV's more competitive than dver so Iconic. The presenters are so


down`to`earth. You can tell the presenters are local. It's nice to


watch something that is for the people of the area. A decent week


ahead but not entirely dry... Most loyal of all, Enid, who has been


inviting us into her front room for all of those 50 years and considers


us friends. Very friendly. Xou have to put good news and bad news out


but it's very friendly. Othdr programmes are available. Why do you


watch this one? It's the stories which you don't pick up in the


newspapers. The interesting little stories on farms in the countryside.


Always so reliable. You feel as if you know the presenters personally.


I just said her late make coming through and I thought, I only know


him through the television. This select group are among 500,000


viewers who tune in every wdekday evening. Sadly, we couldn't invite


you all but please accept otr thanks. Without you, the past 5


years would have been prettx pointless.


Happy birthday! And thank you for all the


messages you've sent about our Kathleen English wrote on


our Facebook page, congratulations. The best local TV News coverage


by far. And Mita Barnes e`mailed to say


I still have the special mugs my late husband I were given


when we had a day at Pebble Mill. Congratulations


on your 50th birthday. You know it really is all


about you the viewers, the incredible stories you bring us the


quite extraordinary things xou do. This morning our reporter


Joanne Writtle caught up with Amy Hughes in Shropshire who was


putting her feet up at last after completing a world record 53


marathons in 53 days for ch`rity. Amy Hughes races her way


into the record books. Her 53rd consecutive marathon


in Manchester. Messages have flooded in


from sports stars. I have been quite good throtghout


the whole thing. I got to the end and I exploded. I saw my falily and


my mother. It was good. I w`nt to say a massive well done bec`use


people underestimate what you have just gone and put your body through.


To run one marathon is hard but to do 53 marathons and 50 date is truly


amazing. Friend and mentor Dave Keighley was


by her side for many marathons, The only time she was down ` little


bit was a day in Taunton whdn she was very sick all night. But as she


does all the time, she gritted her teeth and got up and did it. 99 of


people wouldn't be able to get up that day.


With souvenirs from all 53 destinations, Amy is now resting.


And so far she's raised ?37,000 to help children with brain cancer


What is the future hold? I don't know. I'm not sure yet. I'll try to


think of my next challenge. I'm bored already!


Amy, you are amazing. Extraordinary. One was bad enough for me.


It has been a second weekend and a lovely settled weekend ahead of us.


The temperatures have been `bove average. It is looking quitd settled


and we could just see some rain on Wednesday and Friday. Apart from


that, largely dry conditions and temperatures will be above `verage


for the time of year. Turning cooler by the weekend. The reason for this


is it all comes off the back of a series of France that pushing from


the north`west. The final one that arrives on Friday that is going to


sweep through. The air behind it is cooler. The isobars start to tighten


and that will result in the wind is picking up as we had to Sattrday and


Sunday. It is now looking dry out there and just towards the dnd of


the evening, we will start to see these showers develop across


north`western corner of the region. Some of those could be on the heavy


side. We are looking at dridr conditions into the early hours


Temperatures into double figures. Quite a balmy night. When wd get


these clear spells, we could see pockets of mist and fog devdloping


towards dawn. Those will lift readily through the morning. We will


get a bit of brightness and sunshine first thing but some cloud lilling


around as well. It will be dry tomorrow and temperatures should


rise to 19 or 20 Celsius. And you've been a huge part


of the programme for more than 0 years. Let's just take a little look


back on the Shefali years. It is the weekend, it is hot...


Whether it is hot or cold, she was there. She made naval history when


she was invited to sale on ` nuclear submarine, the only woman on board.


Shef has met the Chefs, taken us on a gastronomical journey


across the region, she's delved into the paranormal


and revealed the secrets of Birmingham Museum and Art G`llery.


There was Alexandra Road, a series about an ordinary street


And it was all aboard in February in Telford


when we dedicated a programle to things Made in the Midlands.


I didn't expect that but it was a lovely trip down memory land.


We've enjoyed your company over the last 50 years.


More Midlands Today memories tomorrow, this time featuring


the evergreen Kay Alexander and I'll be back at ten this evening with


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