23/04/2017 Midlands Today


23/04/2017

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Good evening. lost their Fed Cup tie.

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Protesters took to the streets of Telford today to demonstrate

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against plans to base the county's accident and emergency services

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Shropshire's health services have also recommended moving the

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Campaigners say the proposals are unnecessary and could

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They came with a marching band, their placards and the determination

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Health bosses have recommended the county has just one

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But this would mean major changes to the services

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at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

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There are hundreds of people here today to show solidarity

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and support to keep the 24-hour, seven day a week accident

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and emergency department and the fully functioning

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And we're not being fooled or misled by those people who say

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we're going to keep a women's and children's centre at Telford.

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The protest was organised by Telford and Wrekin Council.

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People who live in the area share the council leaders' concerns.

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This facility is here and should remain here,

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and is a great benefit to this community.

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What we need for our hospital is more funding

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But Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust say the proposed

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emergency centre would be 50% larger than the current A

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There would also be accident and urgent care centres at both

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hospitals, which would be open 24 hours a day.

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Local MPs Lucy Allen and Mark Pritchard have suggested

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that Telford will keep the women's and children's unit,

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Around 900 people turned out for this protest today,

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No final decision has been made on the proposals, and there will be

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A Gloucestershire Regiment veteran who fought at the

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Battle of Imjin River during the Korean War has today handed over an

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Private Sam Mercer survived the Glosters' epic stand of 1951,

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After the war he was presented with a rare book, listing those

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He's now donated it to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

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He reflected on how he survived the battle.

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Bloody mindedness and a very large slice of Lady Luck.

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Someone up there was looking after me at that moment.

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It's St George's Day, which means it's the start

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But in the Vale of Evesham, there's more to celebrate than usual,

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because the Worcestershire-grown vegetable has been granted European

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It means it joins the likes of champagne and Parma ham,

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A quintessential English scene for St George's Day -

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But this year, there is a European twist.

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Champagne has it, Jersey Royals have it, now the green spears

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from the Vale of Evesham are being given

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the honour of European protected food status.

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We've always thought that it is the caviar of all vegetables,

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and now we've been officailly recognised for it.

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65% of UK asparagus is grown in the West Midlands,

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with demand for it rising every year.

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Asparagus is sold throughout the year,

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It's seasonal, on sale from St George's Day

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Asparagus is part of a horticultural

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sector which is worth millions for this region.

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It's the best asparagus in the world, I think.

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We're taking a big round of asparagus to Brussels to present

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to them and then they can try and see for themselves

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A delegation is travelling to the European Parliament

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tomorrow to offically thank the EU for what could be

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the last vegetable to be honoured before Brexit.

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Let's catch up on the weather prospects now with Alex Hamilton.

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After a reasonably bright weekend, it's all change

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Some clear spells to the south of the region, but cloud working

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down from the north, bringing patchy rain with it.

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Lows tonight in rural spots of five Celsius.

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Through the day tomorrow, that patchy rain is continuing

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to sink southwards, dry spells in between,

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drier and brighter weather on the way later in the afternoon.

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Highs of 14 Celsius, a mixture of sunshine and showers

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That's it for now, Midlans Today will be back

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It has been a fine and dry day, and it the sunshine temperatures were

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about 17 degrees. But a change in weather as we had through this week.

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Wintry showers and some frosty night in the forecast over the next few

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nights. We have a cold front starting to work in across Scotland,

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introducing colder air towards the North. Towards the south, cloud and

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outbreaks of rain. In Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most places are

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largely dry to the south of that. We could see a touch of grassed frost

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for the south-west. Very cold first thing Monday morning across the

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sheltered glens of Scotland. Sleet and snow working in across Scotland

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