12/03/2017 Midlands Today


12/03/2017

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The Irish ambassador was one of the guests of honour

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at the St Patrick's day parade in Birmingham today.

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It was one of his last official functions before

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Hundreds turned out for the event, which this year was entirely paid

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The sun was almost shining, and the pipes were playing as 85,000

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people took to the streets of Birmingham -

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Very pro-to be Irish pro be here. The crowd really supportive and we

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are enjoying ourselves. And this year they were joined

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by a special guest - He's taking up a new role

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in Washington later this year - but chose to spend his last

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St Patrick's Day in the UK It's fantastic, as good as anything

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I have seen any where in the world including Ireland and I have been

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around the place and seen them all over the place. This is a very

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enjoyable location and fair play to enjoyable location and fair play to

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the Irish in Birmingham are putting on such a marvellous event.

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Sunday afternoon in Birmingham and thousands and thousands

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of people have turned out for what is one of the biggest

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St Patrick's Day Parades anywhere in the world.

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In fact the organisers reckon it's the third largest

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after New York and Dublin - but having lost its funding

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from the city council this year's event had to pay its own way.

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Really happy with the way it's gone, private sponsors and pubs are all on

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board. This is exactly what we wanted.

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With bars and live music going on into the evening -

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Birmingham's surely in for good craic.

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Elizabeth Glinka, BBC Midlands Today in Digbeth.

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An investigation's underway into reports that shots were fired

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after problems at a birthday party in Smethwick.

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Police were called to the CAP centre in Windmill Lane at around

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A bullet and a shotgun casing were discovered -

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but no one is reported to have been injured.

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The Leader of the Labour group has called for social care

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in Gloucestershire to be taken back into local authority control.

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It's after the council had to step in to find new carers

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when a provider went bust earlier this month.

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Don and Enid Lewis in Cheltenham are now being looked

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after by another firm, which means they can stay

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But Councillor Williams says finances remain tight.

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Somehow the county council network and the LGA need to bring it on to

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central government that things need to change. They have a way of doing

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it. Stoke City fans got the chance

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to step back in time today, with a recreation of the team's

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League Cup winning Most of the original team

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were there to remember the club's 2-1 win over Chelsea in the final,

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as was the original Almost all of the team of 72 were

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there today to the inactive victory parade from 45 years ago. Leading

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the cavalcade, the original victory bus known affectionately as this

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deal. It was in March 1972 that they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley. In goal

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that day and already a World Cup winner, Gordon Banks. We were the

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underdogs playing Chelsea, so to win it and bring back here to the and

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people turning out and congratulate us, it was a lovely day for us.

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George Eastham scored the winner that day,

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and came all the way from his now home half way around the world.

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I get a chance now and then to come from South Africa and CD players but

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this is 45 years on. Hard to believe it. Hometown boy Denis Smith was

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also on board. Unfortunately the club haven't won anything major

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sense but I am hoping that will change in my lifetime. And as in

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1972, they arrived at the town hall to many adoring fans. Not so many

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today but still much appreciation. Make us proud and made us proud

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then. The players are now enjoying an official civic reception where

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they'll no doubt reminisce about that very special day 45 years ago

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when Stoke won the cup. West Mercia Police are advising

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people not to contribute to a fund raising website set up to collect

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money in support of a campaign Her former handler, David Evans,

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had wanted to keep her with him in Shropshire when he retired

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but despite a petition, The force says it cannot accept

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money raised like this, And here's Alex Hamilton

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with the forecast. Good evening. Rather a mixed bag

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across the West Midlands and today some sunshine and showers looking

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set to continue but high pressure building for the working week so we

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expect settled conditions on the way. We will continue to see

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variable nights of clouds around and the odd shower but a mild night with

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loads of around seven Celsius. And as we look towards tomorrow morning

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we should start off on a bright and sunny note before the cloud builds

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and from the north-west over the course of the day. Ties to model of

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around 15 Celsius or in the sunshine feeling very springlike. I will

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leave you with the outlook, a mixture of sunshine and showers.

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I'll be back with your late news at the usual time of 10:20.

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Hello, the weather was hit-and-miss today across the UK, bit of

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sunshine, a few spots of rain, the skies are clearing now, particularly

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in western area, and unlike the last few nights, this coming night, it is

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going to turn chilly, there is a touch of frost

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