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Good evening. with us on BBC One -

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Coventry has been praised as an example of Britain

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at its best by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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In his New Year message, recorded in Coventry,

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the Most Reverend Justin Welby said the city's response to its

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devastation in the Second World War set an example of reconciliation.

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Surrendering to the demands of television lighting,

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the Archbishop of Canterbury prepares to deliver his New Year's

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Justin Welby returned to Coventry, the city where he started out

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as a clergyman, a city whose wartime suffering and forgiveness, he says,

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The story of this city says so much that is true

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about Britain at its best, about our courage, our standing up

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to tyranny, how we stand alongside the suffering and defeated,

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how we stand for human dignity and hope.

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The Archbishop visited a drop-in centre for refugees,

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people he called "a blessing to our way of life".

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And he drew his message to a close by focusing on an issue that has

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divided so many parts of the country.

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The EU referendum was a tough campaign and it has left divisions.

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But I know that if we look at our roots, our history,

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and our culture in the Christian tradition, if we reach back

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into what is best in this country, we will find a path

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towards reconciling the differences that have divided us.

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From Coventry to Canterbury, the Archbishop believes that looking

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back can only help us prepare for the future.

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75 years ago today 57 miners were killed in the Sneyd Pit

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The men and their families have today been remembered at a special

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At Holy Trinity Church in Burslem, the names of the lost

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57 men and boys were killed in the Sneyd pit.

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The youngest was just 15 years of age.

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The explosion happened at eight o'clock

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on the morning of January 1st, 1942, in pit number four.

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Almost all the miners there were killed immediately.

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He was the 39th miner they got out and he had

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an electric light on, which I suppose was

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but some of them hadn't even got that.

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What makes this such a tragedy is these men would never have

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normally worked on New Year's Day, but they'd been called

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in on this particular occasion to support the war effort.

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I did work and made friends with some of the survivors,

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and the stories they gave me were just incredible.

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Those brave men that went in, the rescue teams that

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This afternoon, the hymns and prayers here were dedicated

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to the victims of the disaster and their families.

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People from my own congregation said they just whispered the name

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of somebody who was close to them because it was a very major

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industry in the Potteries for many, many decades.

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The Sneyd pit, a workhorse of the Staffordshire coalfields,

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But today, the scars and scale of human suffering in a small

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Now, two rugby results from the Premiership from today.

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Gloucester went down 13-12 to Northampton,

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but there was a great win for Worcester, who beat

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Let's take a look at the weather now, with Alex Hamilton.

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Well, happy New Year to you, and the good news is we have got

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some bright weather on the way, thanks to this area of high pressure

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Now, the rain that we saw earlier on is clearing away to the south,

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But dropping very cool, particularly in rural spots,

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Then, as we head towards tomorrow morning, we are expecting

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Not quite wall-to-wall sunshine, but plenty of sunny

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spells throughout the day and amounts of variable cloud.

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Cold again, though - highs of only four Celsius.

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More bright weather on the way for the next couple of days.

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That's it for now. We're back tomorrow at 1:15pm.

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From the late team, good night and happy New Year.

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We will be back tomorrow. Happy New Year.

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For many, New Year's Day was a shocker with all of that rain

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around. Tomorrow will be sunny, but it is getting colder. This is rain

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clearing from the south-east. These specks of white as snow mixed in

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with showers across parts of northern England, particularly

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across Scotland, low levels here. I say that they hazard in northern and

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eastern areas. I would not rule out slippery areas almost anywhere by

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the morning, by which time temperatures will be close to or

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below freezing in many places. A bright and sunny start, but still

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wintry showers, sliding down the North Sea coast. Some snow down at

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quite low levels to the north of Scotland. Here, the snow will turn

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to rain. Something milder creeping in off the Atlantic as it clouds

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over. Further south, despite that sunshine, it will feel cold. 3-5 is

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the best I can offer you, briefly, through the afternoon. Then

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temperatures fall away like a

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