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Welcome to BBC Points West with Liz Beacon and David Garmston.

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Our main story tonight: How green is this valley?

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Plans for an environmentally friendly business

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park near Stroud which could create 4,000 jobs.

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The most sustainable stadium in the world and even a canal. Is this

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could turn out to be the biggest project in the area since the 1950s.

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But some locals complain the increased traffic make

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If you snooze you lose - A call for voters to wake up

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and smell the election fever as the campaign for a metro

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The teenager battling cancer who raises money for others -

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And saluting the town that spoke for a nation -

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we're in Wootton Bassett ten years on from the first repatriations.

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Details of a huge green technology development right next

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to M5 in Gloucestershire were unveiled today.

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The plans involve offices and industrial units

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as well as a brand new football stadium and a nature reserve.

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It's all the dream of Dale Vince, founder

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of the green energy company, Ecotricity.

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But for some people living nearby, his proposals are an unnecessary

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Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.

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These are ambitious plans - A green science technology

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business park on one side - which ecotricity claims

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will attract up to 4,000 jobs, and on the other side a high tech

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sporting facility with a new 10000 seat Forest Green Rovers

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And everything pushing the boundaries of sustainability.

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That is what we like to do. Somebody has to question, would we adhere to

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green standards and the answer is we want to do better than that, so our

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buildings will be the most sustainable buildings that have been

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built yet. Today, companies

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interested in building and being part of the ecopark

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quizzed Dale Vince A vision of tapping

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into and promoting the green When you put like-minded businesses

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like this together, they starts barking ideas and opportunities to

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work with each other and spin of new businesses, and that helps grow the

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sustainable economy and also local services and the economy to support

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them. Then they build up opportunities to move abroad.

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But with a project this size come concerns -

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many locals in Eastington say junction 13 - the gateway to Stroud

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Ecotricity say they'll fix this with a new dual carriageway

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But also the ecopark isn't part of Stroud's recently

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published local plan - and those opposing the park say

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there's just no clearly identified need for it.

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We have very high employment and the local area, so the risk of a

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shortage means there is no requirement for extra jobs, and we

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need development space for all businesses in the near future. It is

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the biggest and most complex planning decision made here since

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Berkeley power station in the 1950s. It is still early days and hasn't

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even gone through planning yet. If it does go through planning it will

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be at least three years before the first ball is kicked in anger at

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what is hoped to be the most sustainable football stadium in the

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world. A driver remains in hospital

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after a serious crash Two lorries collided just

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after fouro'clock this morning. A second driver was released

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from hospital this afternoon. The road was shut for

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most of the day whilst In Bristol one person has been left

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with serious injuries after a collision between a car

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and a bus. It happened in the early hours

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of this morning on Wells road. There were long delays to traffic

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but the road has since re-opened. Workers at Mini in Swindon

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are taking part in a series of eight 24 hour walk outs,

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in a dispute over pensions. The Unite Union is protesting

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over Mini's owners, BMW's plans to ditch the company's

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final salary pension scheme. It claims some workers could lose up

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to ?160,000 in retirement income. BMW says it has to act now to secure

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the long term viability A publicity drive is underway

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to tell 900,000 people in the West that they're

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about to get a new leader. Today it was confirmed that six

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candidates will be on the ballot paper for the so-called metro mayor,

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covering Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath

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and North East Somerset. But getting voters

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interested, let alone Here's our political

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editor, Paul Barltrop. The government is pumping money

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into publicising the contest, from billboards on the streets,

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to adverts on social media - though that's sparked plenty

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of critical comments. The latest is a video

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with something of a local flavour: people who'll come under

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the new mayor? Farmers market. Supermarket. Rugby.

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We may not always see eye to eye but we care about where we live and we

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need to make a living and get around. These things excite us all

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which is why we are acting on the issues that we all care about.

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people who'll come under the new mayor?

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Especially when even the name has proved difficult.

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The government don't use the term 'metromayor'.

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They prefer to talk about a 'mayor', but different to the elected mayor

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The new person will take charge of the snappily-titled West

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That's been abbreviated to WECA, and it's already been

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holding meetings involving the leaders from the three

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But, yet again, the name's proving a thorny issue!

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I do not like the word, WECA. It is the West of England combined

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authority. I wanted to be called the west of England combined authority

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and we will have a West of England combined authority Mayor.

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And there's plenty of that on their own video,

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put out to encourage people to vote on May the 4th.

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Well, the Bristol Post is determined that its readers

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This was its front page today - with a very stark warning

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that the west is "sleepwalking" into this election.

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And I'm pleased to say that Mike Norton, Editor

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Mike - You've been quite tough on your readers today -

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Why do you think enthusiasm appears to be so low? I am concerned we are

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sleepwalking into the election and not enough people realise the person

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who wins this election will have a lot of power and the deciding vote

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on the spending of ?1 billion of funding, devolved to the greater

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authority. What do you think of the field of candidates? I think it is

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quite underwhelming and how we look from the outside worries me because

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this election has not been able to attract really high-profile

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candidates that we should be having. In Manchester, Andy Burnham is the

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well-known candidate for the is nobody like that. And that person

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needs to have a presence, particularly in London, so whoever

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wins has to be able to bang on doors in London and they worry nobody here

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is able to do that. I have been doing interviews on the streets and

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a lot of people are getting confused with the Metro Bus. It is similar

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and that we are building a network that doesn't have provide that and

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we are creating a council that doesn't have a base yet. You are

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calling it, wake up for the Greater Bristol. You want to call it the

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Mayor of Greater Bristol. Do you think that name will make any

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difference to the perception of this post? Once again it is how we are

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perceived outside the region. Outside, what people know is Bristol

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and Bath so it should be either Greater Bristol or the Bristol and

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Bath region. We have other Mayors as well. It is confusing and I

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understand why people are confused but they need to wake up and hold

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whoever gets this job to account. And you're going to do your best to

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make sure people do wake up. I will try. Thank you for coming in.

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And in our late bulletin in the 10 o'clock news tonight,

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we'll be hearing from someone who's been pushing the government

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to introduce this role for the past decade.

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It might have been mis-sold up until now but a lot of people will see

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over the next year what the Mayor can do for them. It will be the most

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directly involved leader they have ever elected and it will be a real

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benefit. Join us for that. And we'd like you to get involved

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too and join us as we debate all issues surrounding

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the new mayor. You've made a little film

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all about it, haven't you? Bristol already has a Lord May and

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unelected WECA putt Mayor and now a third is on the way. Voters here go

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to the polls for the new role. It is called the Metro Mayor. They will

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have powers over housing and transport and ?30 million a year to

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spend on infrastructure. If you would like to attend the debate or

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put a question to the candidate, let us know.

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Coming soon. That will be transmitted later this month and all

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the candidates will be there and will be taking questions.

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Well, it's Liz and David with you this evening,

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Still to come on tonight's Points West.

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Nick Knowles joins us live from the latest DIYSOS project

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And we'll have joy, we'll have fun, we'll have a season in the sun.

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We look ahead to the summer with Gloucestershire's cricketers.

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A charity has called a 13-year-old girl from Bristol

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"an inspiration", for thinking of others whilst battling cancer.

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Tatiana Stankovic Davis is being treated for leukemia

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but what she's been doing to pass the long hours is already

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Andy Howard has been to visit her at Bristol Children's Hospital.

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For the second time in her short life, Tatiana has cancer.

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And you just feel like you can't cope sometimes.

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There's lots of decisions being made...

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It is just annoying because you want it to be back to normal life

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She's been in this hospital room for more than a month.

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But when she feels well enough, she escapes,

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This is the model I got for finishing chemo this year,

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I mean, there are days when Mum and Dad are sad.

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You know, why is this happening to your own precious child.

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But then you see a smiling face, you actually know that life goes on.

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And you actually enjoy that day as a family.

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It's got a dentist and a photography studio.

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Despite being at her lowest point, in the past few weeks Tatiana has

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She's decided to raise money for other children,

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so they have something to play with whilst they're

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In return, her dad Simon will shave off his beard.

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So far, Tatiana has raised more than ?8,000.

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All for a charity which supplies Lego to hospitals.

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I'm quite precious about it as you can imagine but as soon as Simon

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suggested it, I thought let's see how it goes and the amount of money

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is just phenomenal. It is probably about 10% of turnover. She has had

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numerous operations and hundreds of scans and she has been prodded and

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pooled, quite often when all she has wanted to do is actually sleep. So

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to actually deal with that and then to be thinking of others is

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outstanding. I just feel it was nice to be

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helping others and making What a difficult road she is on and

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we send you our very best wishes for a fast recovery.

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As he just mentioned, part of Tatiana's fundraising

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So here they are, father and daughter, before this -

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the moment Simon had his beard completely shaved off to help boost

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And this is how the proud dad looks today.

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Wootton Bassett was for many years synonymous with the compassion shown

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The town even had 'royal' added to its name in recognition

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of the way in which it responded to the repatriations that came

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It's now ten years since RAF Lyneham was chosen as the regular

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A moment of silence, remembrance, respect.

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Captured by many cameras and broadcast around the world.

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That silence and the first hearses coming up, that never leaves

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you and you finish shooting with a sense of numbness at what's

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The town carried out 167 services - but they started spontaneously.

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The coffins began passing through regularly in 2007 -

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after nearby RAF Lyneham became the airbase the fallen

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from Afghanistan and Iraq were flown into.

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During those repatriations, hundreds if not thousands of people would be

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Today it's very much business as usual.

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The Town Council's decided not to put on any specific events

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And what makes me proud is that our little town here managed

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to put respect back into our armed forces and respect

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Lee Mackie from Oxfordshire lost her son Jason when he was

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killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2009.

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Although she was too upset to go to his repatriation -

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I became very aware that the community

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there was like a comfort blanket to these traumatisued families.

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They gave them the opportunity to recognise the fact

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that our nation appreciate the sacrifice they had made.

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Repatriations stopped in Royal Wootton Basset in 2011 -

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they now take place at RAF Brize Norton.

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In those four years, 345 fallen service men

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by people in the town - and they haven't been forgotten.

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The town made the country proud. It was recognised that around the

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world. Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson

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says he's still confident his side can avoid relegation

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despite suffering their heaviest City were 1-0 down at half-time

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before conceding four second half goals in just 21 minutes

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to lose 5-0 at Preston. Fans who had gathered at Ashton Gate

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to watch the match were left They need somebody like Harry

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Redknapp to come in, somebody like that just to get us over the line

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because it is a joke. He needs to go now, tonight. This job is too big

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for you. He will be there next season, one T? Unfortunately he will

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still be there even though most supporters want him to go. There

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will be a big backlash over the renewal of season tickets and

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everything else that goes on from now on, if everything goes wrong

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this season. Bristol City, who are just one place

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above the relegation zone, Sorry if that was painful viewing

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for some of our audience. Hundreds of builders have

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spent the past nine days volunteering their services

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at a house in Hartcliffe in Bristol It's so that 24-year-old

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Ryan Pollard can return home, having lived in a care home

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in Gloucester for He collapsed after an operation

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for a brain condition, Well, the presenter of DIY SOS has

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been on site for most of the time and joins us from there tonight.The

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big reveal's tomorrow, We are going to be ready. We taught

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actually we would finish earlier than we have ever finished before

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but it stretched into the night and we will be here until about 11pm and

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then we will be finished and able to show you. What are the spirits like?

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Very good and if you look... A lot of people stood outside. That is how

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good it is. You get to a certain point when you have to clear people

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outside you can get the thing finished, so all of these people

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have their jobs and should be going home, but we can't actually get rid

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of them all. I wish I could get rid of this lot. Your programme is based

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on the same site as ours and we have seen the vans coming and going, you

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have put in some incredible hours this week? It has probably averaged

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about 100 hours a day and if they are putting in 10-12 hours a day you

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can do the maths. A huge amount of work goes into this and we are

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taking on all the work in nine days so what is an unbelievable job. The

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trades have come out from all over Bristol and surrounding, up from

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Somerset and all over this area has been massively supportive and

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welcoming and people bringing cakes and drinks and everything to make us

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feel welcome. Everybody saying hello. It has been a fantastic job

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and everybody have really enjoyed it and tomorrow we get our reward and

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all these people who have given up their time to come and work for no

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wages will get their reward when they finally get to see mum and dad.

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Mum and dad get to bring him home after five years. That will be a

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wonderful moment. We love the bit where they see it for the first time

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but do they have any clue what sort of things you have done and have you

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asked questions about what they would like? Our designer always

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spends time with the family to get an idea of the things they like and

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people occasionally ask if anybody doesn't like it. This is not like

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Changing Grooms, this is people needing the waterways widened so

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their son can move around the house, so he can be at home, and specialist

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facilities they need. If we widen the doors and put a bathroom and

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downstairs they would be happy but the fact we go the extra mile and

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build the space they need and they get some high-end luxury added, it

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is almost neither here nor there but it can shock them. We take all the

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internal walls out and half the floor is out and there is a point

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you can see through the roof, we took the back of the house off,

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everything goes out, so the house they are stepping back into will not

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be the house they live them for 26 years but it will be the house built

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specifically for his needs and will mean for the first time in five

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years they can be a family together. We can't wait to see it. Am I being

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undermined by what is going on behind me? Thanks for thing you have

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done, look forward to seeing it. I will sort them out, goodbye. What

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are you doing? The start of the county cricket

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season is just two days away, and this morning Gloucestershire's

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players pulled on their whites The squad has a much

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younger look to it, It's not easy to follow in the

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footsteps of one of Gloucestershire's most successful

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overseas signings but that is the task for the 23-year-old Israeli and

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Cameron Bancroft. Michael Kleiner scored over 6000 runs in the four

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seasons and led them to a trophy. He will be back for one-day cricket but

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Bancroft takes over in the championship. When you enjoy your

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cricket you will be successful and play well so these guys have that

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great feel and I am looking forward to running with that, nice and

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relaxed and enjoying my cricket and hopefully that results in some good

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runs. Gloucestershire's best chance for success may be the T20. They

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were second from bottom in their group in the one-day cup but are

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hopeful of improving that, and the format they championship results.

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Two teams can get promoted and as I said that wasn't our aim that would

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be ridiculous, so some tough teams and we have to play some hard

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cricket and be sure that everybody is mocking in together to perform on

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the pitch. It will be tough but we are not hiding behind that. Comedian

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Dara O Brion has been lending they can take a hand promoting the

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England- Ireland match staged in Bristol next month. It is also a

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venue for the women's World Cup meaning Gloucestershire will host a

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lucrative ten internationals this summer. It is the difference between

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trading profit and not trading at profit. We are not hugely dependent

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on it but it makes the difference between a rainy day and a not so

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rainy day. The club has certainly sharpened up its image and as the

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county continues to prosper off the field, the team needs to ensure it

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is not left behind. Let's catch up on the weather and we

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can head upstairs. Let's take you through the forecast for tomorrow.

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We continue this run of dry weather and it is looking like over the next

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ten days, generally drier than average conditions will be

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prevailing, not to rule out some rain but not much. Tomorrow, on face

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value more cloud compared to today but one thing I should point out,

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the forecast computer models are struggling with the degree to which

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things cloud over and the balance between sunshine and cloud cover,

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not just for our region, and that continues into tomorrow, so you may

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see different solutions for any particular spot. A dry a for some

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and some will see a sunny weather. As we continue into tomorrow you

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will see the signal for mode of the cloud to be around about some

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exceptions, most notably to the west and around the coastal fringes. As

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we come inland, more breaks developing. A good deal of sunshine

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around, invaded by varying amounts of cloud. The process continues

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through the course of tonight but a dry night and not as chilly as the

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last so we should end up with the temperature around 6-8. For many of

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you a good deal of cloud around but with the caveat about the amount of

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cloud being difficult to pin down. A signal that some of the coastal

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fringes around Somerset will see a reasonable amount of sunshine.

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Coming inland, the cloud will be breaking up through the course of

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the afternoon but cloud or not, a Friday and the winds will be light,

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the temperature in the low teens. Feeling pleasantly warm should the

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sun breaks through. A more path into Friday, the trend throughout Friday

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and into the course of the weekend is to lose cloud cover rather than

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increase, boding well for the weekend, not impossible that by

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Sunday the temperature could get up to 20.

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Just in time for the weekend. That would be nice. Back again at 10pm,

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goodbye. CHILD: This is

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a major scientific breakthrough. Hello. It's All Round to

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Mrs Brown's, where my guests will be Steve Backshall, and music

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from the beautiful Pixie Lott.

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