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Protesters took to the streets of Telford today to demonstrate
against plans to base the county's accident and emergency services
Shropshire's health services have also recommended moving the
Campaigners say the proposals are unnecessary and could
They came with a marching band, their placards and the determination
Health bosses have recommended the county has just one
But this would mean major changes to the services
at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.
There are hundreds of people here today to show solidarity
and support to keep the 24-hour, seven day a week accident
and emergency department and the fully functioning
And we're not being fooled or misled by those people who say
we're going to keep a women's and children's centre at Telford.
The protest was organised by Telford and Wrekin Council.
People who live in the area share the council leaders' concerns.
This facility is here and should remain here,
and is a great benefit to this community.
What we need for our hospital is more funding
But Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust say the proposed
emergency centre would be 50% larger than the current A
There would also be accident and urgent care centres at both
hospitals, which would be open 24 hours a day.
Local MPs Lucy Allen and Mark Pritchard have suggested
that Telford will keep the women's and children's unit,
Around 900 people turned out for this protest today,
No final decision has been made on the proposals, and there will be
A Gloucestershire Regiment veteran who fought at the
Battle of Imjin River during the Korean War has today handed over an
Private Sam Mercer survived the Glosters' epic stand of 1951,
After the war he was presented with a rare book, listing those
He's now donated it to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.
He reflected on how he survived the battle.
Bloody mindedness and a very large slice of Lady Luck.
Someone up there was looking after me at that moment.
It's St George's Day, which means it's the start
But in the Vale of Evesham, there's more to celebrate than usual,
because the Worcestershire-grown vegetable has been granted European
It means it joins the likes of champagne and Parma ham,
A quintessential English scene for St George's Day -
But this year, there is a European twist.
Champagne has it, Jersey Royals have it, now the green spears
from the Vale of Evesham are being given
the honour of European protected food status.
We've always thought that it is the caviar of all vegetables,
and now we've been officailly recognised for it.
65% of UK asparagus is grown in the West Midlands,
with demand for it rising every year.
Asparagus is sold throughout the year,
It's seasonal, on sale from St George's Day
Asparagus is part of a horticultural
sector which is worth millions for this region.
It's the best asparagus in the world, I think.
We're taking a big round of asparagus to Brussels to present
to them and then they can try and see for themselves
A delegation is travelling to the European Parliament
tomorrow to offically thank the EU for what could be
the last vegetable to be honoured before Brexit.
Let's catch up on the weather prospects now with Alex Hamilton.
After a reasonably bright weekend, it's all change
Some clear spells to the south of the region, but cloud working
down from the north, bringing patchy rain with it.
Lows tonight in rural spots of five Celsius.
Through the day tomorrow, that patchy rain is continuing
to sink southwards, dry spells in between,
drier and brighter weather on the way later in the afternoon.
Highs of 14 Celsius, a mixture of sunshine and showers
That's it for now, Midlans Today will be back
It has been a fine and dry day, and it the sunshine temperatures were
about 17 degrees. But a change in weather as we had through this week.
Wintry showers and some frosty night in the forecast over the next few
nights. We have a cold front starting to work in across Scotland,
introducing colder air towards the North. Towards the south, cloud and
outbreaks of rain. In Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most places are
largely dry to the south of that. We could see a touch of grassed frost
for the south-west. Very cold first thing Monday morning across the
sheltered glens of Scotland. Sleet and snow working in across Scotland