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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Welcome to BBC Points West with David Garmston and Alex Lovell.

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Jeremy Corbyn comes home to Wiltshire.

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72 hours after the election was called, he attacks

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the Conservatives over big class sizes.

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Or should he be afraid, as he faces the task of winning

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in Swindon, which holds the keys to Number 10?

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This is a party, absolutely determined to take the fight to the

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Tories about equality and injustice in this country. That's the message

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that is the unity of our party now. The children's lunch clubs filling

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young tummies during the school holidays because their parents can't

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afford the grocery bill. Making history this weekend -

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the woman chosen to represent And why there's a French flavour

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to this weekend's sport. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came

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back to the West today on a crucial mission - to drum up support ahead

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of the general election. There's a lot of work

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for him to do here - the vast majority of seats

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are held by Conservatives. Ten years ago, it was

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a very different picture. A young Tony Blair had swept

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to power with a landslide victory - Labour had won 11 seats

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in our region, stretching Two decades on and look

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at the change - just three red areas So will the party be able

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to take back key targets like Swindon or Stroud -

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or could it lose ground and risk disappearing

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from the West altogether? Here's our political

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editor, Paul Barltrop. He's a hit with many Labour members,

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especially when he mentioned his local roots.

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I'm in rigour. I was born in Chippenham and my parents lived in

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Devizes, and it's lovely to be home. -- I'm a Moonraker. We're 72 hours

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into this election campaign. 72 hours into the opportunity of our

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lifetime to challenge the inequality and injustice that exists in Britain

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today. Swindon was the first stop of the

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day, a crucial swing state. If he's to be PM, he needs to win year. But

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the streets, it was hard to find fans.

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I haven't got a lot of confidence in him.

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I wouldn't vote for Labour with him as leader.

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He may have a lot of good intention, but and Macron not sure whether the

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way he presents himself is as someone I would want to lead my

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country. It's had an impact, four Labour

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councillors in the Forest of Dean have quit the party, simply worried

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about what voters think. What I was confronted with on the

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street is, as long as Corbyn is in his current position, no way are we

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voting Labour. And that is the difficulty. It's all well and good

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to be an idealist and a man Tate, but and less you're in power, you

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can do nothing. Jeremy Corbyn joined youngsters at a

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children's centre. We're going to catch a big one.

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Today, Labour wanted the focus to be on problems in education, so it

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wasn't get easy to get on to talk about his department councillors.

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This is a party absolutely determined to take the fight to the

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Tories about inequality and injustice in this country. That's

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the message and that's the message of our party now.

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No message for your councillors? Are messages come back, Joy, do you

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really want another Tory Government? Jeremy Corbyn OC has a difficult

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task as, he promises to be back in the West plenty more times before

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June the 8th. Some teachers have told us they're

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expecting pupils to turn up malnourished when the schoolgates

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open next week, as a growing number of children are going hungry

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in the school holidays. Charities say they've set up lunch

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clubs in cities like Bristol and Bath to make sure young people

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still get fed when the But demand is now so great,

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some have a waiting list. Here in this church kitchen,

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volunteers are cooking up lunch. Many see Bath as a wealthy city,

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and for some it is. But in areas like this

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in South Down and Twerton, around 40% of primary school

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children are eligible So, for the 170 days a year

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when the school kitchens are closed, finding the money for hot meals can

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be a struggle. Families living in poverty,

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either in particular areas of Bath, Just on a basic level,

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when your children are receiving a hot, nutritious lunch every day

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in school, to then have to try and provide that and all the snacks

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that kids eat during the day, there's real financial

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strain to do that too. Caring for the children in the day

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and working at night We've been coming to lunch club

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about 1.5 years now. It's very good during the holidays,

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because being on your own More lunch volunteers like the ones

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here and Bath have been trained up ready to open clubs in Taunton,

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Cirencester and The cost of living has gone up,

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and people's wages and stuff aren't Used to be more than ?70,

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?80 for the small bags. And I get home, I don't have

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anything for dinner. The lunch club here at

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St Luke's Church in Barton Hill is so popular, there are children

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on the waiting list. This is an area where as many as 50%

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of the children at local primary schools are eligible

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for free school meals. According to the End

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Child Poverty Coalition, when the cost of housing is taken

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into account, here in Barton Hill, 49% of children are said to be

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living in child poverty, In Twerton in Bath, 37% of children

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are said to be living in poverty. We're outraged, we would

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like the Government to listen to us, listen to the statistics,

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the surveys we've been doing. Listen to the charities that

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are filling the gaps in society that All the main political parties say

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they're committed to eradicating But the Institute for Fiscal Studies

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has warned the numbers are actully going up,

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especially amongst working families. Meaning lunches like these will

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remain a vital part of the school Earlier I spoke to the Conservative

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MP for Bath Ben Howlett and asked him why in 2017 children

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in Bath are going hungry? Unfortunately, in Bath, one in five

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children live in poverty. That spurred me and a number of charities

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to set up the action against a property group. We have run hack

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marathons for them, we have funding to start key products. It is about

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helping children not to go to school hungry.

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But it's not about charity, is it? Because in many places, their

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parents work. These are people who can't afford to feed their children

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in 2017? That is why the Government is in

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introducing increases to the National Living Wage and looking at

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the just about managing families is keep hurting. The primers debate

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that a key commitment when she Prime Minister. This is a complex,

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intergenerational issue. Myself and huge numbers of charities, the

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council, are all working together to stamp this critical problem out.

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Mrs me discussed the just about managing, but these families aren't

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managing. What has she done to alleviate this problem? -- Mrs May

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discussed. We have been looking at the National

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winning -- National Living Wage to help those families. We have looked

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at lifting the matter paying tax altogether by increasing the

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personal threshold. But that's not enough, and all the surfaces need to

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work together across the west of England to help those families

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manage a little bit more. The issue is, those people who

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already earn good money at getting pay rises. Those aren't aren't

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getting pay rises, in fact, their pay is falling in many cases.

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The cost of living is a staggering problem, and I think they renewed

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energies of this Government need to be put into place we're just

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focusing on bracket -- folk singer Brexit, where focusing on those

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families. I have been to my constituency surgery just now, and

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we had to do more to help them. And I can see this Government producing

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a manifesto that will help those families going forward.

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Thank you. You're watching Friday's Points West

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with David and Alex. It's been a busy week

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and it's not over yet. We've lots more still

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to come, including: We meet the 75-year-old who took

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on the toughest footrace on Earth. And we have another largely dry

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weekend on the cards. I will bring all the forecast details see you in

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the programme. An official report into the death

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of three SAS reservists in the Brecon Beacons,

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including a soldier from Wiltshire, has concluded that in some ways

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it was an avoidable accident. Corporal James Dunsby

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from Trowbridge died in an SAS selection exercise on one

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of the hottest days Extracts of the official report

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published by the Ministry of Defence say officers in charge did not plan

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for the weather, and it concludes reservists are still vulnerable

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to a further incident in the future. Avon and Somerset police

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call-handlers have been given new training following

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an independent investigation into contact with a young man before

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he was stabbed to death. Robert Cox, who was 24,

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was attacked in Bristol four years Another resident, Derek Hancock,

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called the police three times The Independent Police Complaints

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Commission has recommended new ways of linking different incidents

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and highlighting calls A woman from Bristol will make

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history this weekend when she becomes the first black

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female Lord Lieutenant. Peaches Golding is taking over

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the ceremonial role - which involves representing

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the Queen in the city. I'm delighted to say that Peaches is

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here with us now. Hello and congratulations, what we had to call

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you these days? I'm Peaches Golding, and sometimes

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you might preface that with Lord left cold -- Lord Lieutenant Peaches

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Golding. But just call me Peaches right now, that's great.

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Had that come about? It's the most thrilling feeling you

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can ever imagine. But also feel greatly humbled, Alex. I am a an

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ordinary person that has just achieved this extremely role.

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How do you represent the Queen, who's 91 today.

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I know, I hope you centre birthday wishes!

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Of course! What do you do to represent her?

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It's a whole range of things. You all know about the honour system,

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and recommendations for honours come through my office. But so did the

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Queen's Award for enterprise, and the awards through the voluntary

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sector. We also celebrate by royal visits. There is nothing that cheers

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up the spirit more than having a royal visitor to underline the

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excellent work thating Rabin doing. So small things like that that

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really mean a lot. -- that underline the things that you've been doing.

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It is midnight tomorrow night, the 75th birthday of the current Lord

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lieutenant. All of us Lord Lieutenant retire either at the age

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of 70, but more likely at the age of 75.

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Sea have years to go yet! And does she know you, would she call you

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Peaches, or is it...? Her Majesty, you mean? I imagine,

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because they had to do these things myself, if you are presented to

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someone from the Royal Family, we as Lord lieutenants have already

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submitted a paragraph about you to the royal visitor, the person you

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would be meeting. So they have a brief, and they can remember a lot

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of things. Something is the can't remember, because they are human,

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like the rest of us. You can tell your satellite is,

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thank you for sharing this with us. Thank you for having me.

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A new museum charting the history of Gloucestershire County

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It will be free to get in and wants to attract not just fans,

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One area it's focussing on is supporting people with dementia

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Our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs, was at the opening.

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Gloucestershire's first captain, player number one,

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And quite rightly, the centrepiece of Gloucestershire's new museum

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Here in defensive pose, and surrounded by memorabilia

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I'd like to declare this museum officially open.

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Today, more recent Gloucstershire legend took the wicket

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Former captain Mark Alleyne is immortilised here too.

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And proud to take his place among the greats.

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And to be one of a group of players that players

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are now talking about, they were part of that winning

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group in the late 90s, early 2000s, it really is great.

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The story of Gloucestershire's almost 150-year history is here.

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Bats, balls, pieces of intrigue - as this batting glove adapted

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for extra protection with bits of bicycle tyre.

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We were very keen to make sure that it appeals

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Not just members of the cricket club.

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So we're hoping very much, now it's here, that we will build

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and expand on the education side of things.

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There's also perhaps an unexpected plan, to help people with dementia,

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whose long-term memories can be prompted by the history

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People can communicate much more easily about things

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they are passionate about and things they can remember

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And that really helps to improve their confidence

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The MLC opens officially only on match days, but bringing to life

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the legacy of the West Country's oldest county cricket club.

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It's a big night for speedway fans in the west.

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After a 14 year break, the Somerset Rebels renew

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their rivalry with the Swindon Robins.

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This season the Rebels have moved up to compete

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We are busy, there is a lot of work going on now. It is a new level for

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the Somerset Rebels. After years of donating in the division below, they

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have made the step up to mix with speedway's best. They have the

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Swindon Robins here who were the champions in 2012. Just how biggest

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ever been standard is it? Lets talk to promoter Debbie Hancock.

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It is a big step, very different and not easy. We're them to give its our

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best. You have got used to treating your

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loyal fan base into celebrations here every season. What are your

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expectations? They have been spoiled over the

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years. Realistically, if we finish halfway will be happy, everything is

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higher than that we get into the play-offs and we will be ecstatic.

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That is what we're aiming for. This is only our third at home, we won

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the first two, that we can continue. And many will be here tonight?

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Quite a lot, hopefully, because Swindon is very close, a local

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derby. We haven't done it four years since we moved to different

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divisions. I'd like to think we could get a lot of people here

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tonight. Have a good season, thank you very

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much. The tapes go up at 7:30pm here.

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Rugby's European Challenge Cup has reached the semifinal stage.

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If Bath and Gloucester are to meet in the final,

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they both need to come through difficult

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For a greater insight, we've been talking with two local

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Here's their verdict on the two mouth-watering matches.

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So what you think of French rugby at the moment?

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I think, for the first time in many years...

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La Rochelle never qualified, and now you can see

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It's going to be a tough game for Gloucester.

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I would love a Gloucester/Bath final, but a think La Rochelle

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It would be better for one of the French teams to succeed.

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Bath have got some lovely, good-looking players.

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But Stade Francais have got some ugly, proper

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You've been here for 40 years, how can you not support Bath?

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Someone has to stand up for the enemy!

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Whether they win, whether they lose, you know?

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Now the big boys are back, I can see a big win.

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It could also be a significant weekend in the history

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They're hoping to win the Premiership title

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After finishing top of the table, they now face Aylesford Bulls

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in the final on Sunday - the winner gets the title.

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We've always been nearly there or just about there,

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but we've not have the depth in our squad, so when

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our internationals did go away, nobody really

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But I think this season, it's definitely our season.

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It would be recognition that everyone's worked

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And no-one's worked harder than the players.

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They've had to go out and deliver that on a weekly basis,

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and I just want them to achieve it for them, really.

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It's also a big weekend for Yeovil Town Ladies football club.

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After winning the division two title, they play their first game

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ever in the top division of women's football,

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City's men host Barnsley - that's head coach Lee Johnson

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Swindon need to win to keep their League One

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As do Bristol Rovers to take the playoff chase

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It's also been a busy day cricket. If you want to check out the latest

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news on Somerset and Gloucester, the BBC website has a later scores on

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day one. And later tonight, Somerset versus Swindon, the tapes got there

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at 7:30pm. I would see those chefs again, they

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are so funny! I could murder a bag at right now.

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Now, running a marathon is tough enough - I imagine!

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But how about running the equivalent of six, over six days,

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in the searing heat of the Sahara Desert.

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A 75-year-old man from Wrington in North Somerset has

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become the oldest person in the UK to complete the Marathon des Sables.

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By profession, David Exell is an accountant.

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But, at the age of 75, he happens also to be

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Which is just as well, because he's just completed this -

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six days running and walking in the heat of the Moroccan desert.

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250km over never-ending sand dunes, in temperatures

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It's called the Marathon des Sables, and David has just become the oldest

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Because the support I had in the desert from younger

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Were there moments when you thought, I'm not going to do this,

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I had one moment where I got overheated and I didn't

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The sun beat down 50 degrees, over 50 degrees, I think.

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And some swallows flew over my head, and they were

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And I think they were trying to tell me it was time for me

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I tried to drop out, but the doctors said, no, you go on.

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And, of course, he lived to tell the tale and get back to the day

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job as an accountant, having raised more than ?20,000 for charity.

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Now, well, he says he would encourage anyone to have a go

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61, you should enter next year, you should definitely take part.

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That's a shame, because we signed him up! Was blue yeah, and

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congratulations, that was an amazing thing to do, I know you raised a lot

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of money for good causes. Lets get up to the weather on their

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roof, I'm consent would you let us with last night, the sculptor?

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Before we get to that, we at least have a weekend which is going to be

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a pretty decent one. The conditions outdoors for the London Marathon

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will be much more amenable than you saw there in Morocco. The forecast

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details for you, as we head through Saturday and Sunday, once again it

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will be characterised with dry weather. But the most part, fine

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weather as well. Sunshine at various stages. Through the course of

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Saturday, Becker clouds around at the start of the day, fragmenting as

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the day ways on. Pleasant weather sun breaks through during the course

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of the afternoon. A cold night into Sunday, frost into Sunday morning.

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Then once again developing into a dry and fine affair. Here is a wider

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look at how things are shaping up. You see that cold front coming down

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towards us, headset cloud thickening up. Very little rain associated with

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that for our neck of the woods. Through the rest of the weekend, it

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remains settled and benign, some major changes coming our way into

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next week. Through this evening and into tonight, generally a lot of

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cloud around, and some breaks as the night wears on. But for all of us,

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not a chilly nights, temperatures around eight Celsius. By that stage,

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the cloud will thicken up from the North as the cold front things

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southwards. Some light rain from that, certainly not much of it in

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any one particular spot. Picking up through to midday into the

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afternoon. The cloud will vary, at other times it will be brighter and

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sunnier. A light, moderate breeze, temperatures in the low teens. Very

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similar after that cold start on Sunday. The key factor is, the tail

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end of Monday into Tuesday cold plunge. Some wintry showers, there's

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a shock free! That's it from us Rene, please enjoy

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the weekend. Sunday Politics is life this weekend

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what with the election. Have a lovely weekend.

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Why didn't we go to the library today?

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Because we don't have a library any more. Why?

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The school's had to make big cuts. Cuts like with a knife, miss?

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No, it means that the school can't afford to pay for things like

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the library any more or shows or books or school visits.

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CHILDREN: Awww! No more school visits?

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Miss, will every school stop having school visits?

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Well, every school in England will have to make big cuts.

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They'll probably have to lose some staff, too.

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