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Hello and welcome to site today. In tonight programme, the danger of
misusing level crossings. High a cyclist narrowly escaped death after
leaving his bike on the tracks. Preparing for a first in Oxford this
weekend, Christmas dinner for young people who have been in care.
I am Paul all. I am Georgia May three. Join us later for talking
about music, mayhem and Transylvania. It is the Rocky horror
show! Later on, story of the heart-warming
story of a Christmas card that led to an musical reunion for John.
Network Rail is warning of the dangers of misusing level
crossings after being forced to close two in Aylesbury.
It has released new footage of a cyclist narrowly escaping death
after leaving his bike on the tracks.
These few seconds were the difference between life and death.
This near miss at the Griffin named crossing in Aylesbury was recorded
as part of a server waveguide Network Rail. In the month long
period they saw a number of concerns, these included children
going to and from school looking down at the films, and this man
carrying a large piece of wood across the tracks. It was an
incident last month with a man and his bike that led them to make the
decision to close the crossing. I think they should put a little
bridge over it or something. If they think it is a danger then, yes,
definitely, they should close it. It is not that we have a long way to
It is not that we have a long way to walk around.
But Griffin Lane isn't the only crossing in Aylesbury to be closed.
Two miles away, a fatal collision shut this
If they close it, they did save her life. It really is dangerous. If it
is open, it will happen again. I find it quite annoying because you
have to take the long route round. There are a lot of pensioners that
reduced the post office. Unfortunately, they are having to go
elsewhere now. In an ideal world, we would not put level crossings over
railways because we would leave the railway lines as far away from the
general public as possible, but we are working on a Victorian
infrastructure and it should be treated in the same weight as if you
were crossing a road, you should take all the necessary precautions
But despite today's warning, it seems not everyone
was getting the message, as people continue to, literally,
Rail passengers are being told to plan ahead over Christmas
and expect significant delays as a number of lines are closed
There will be no trains in or out of London Paddington after 8.00pm
Services will stop at Ealing Broadway.
There will then be a reduced timetable between 30th
Well, for the last year, Network Rail has been working
overnight and at weekends to do a lot of the work required
for Crossrail and for the electrification of the line,
but sometimes, frankly, it needs time to do this
in consecutive days and that's why the Paddington Station area will be
Three British Airways passengers have enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime
flight after finding they were the only ones on board.
They included Lawrie-Lin Walker, seen here in the middle,
who's now on her way to celebrate Christmas with her family in Witney.
She and her friends found themselves the only passengers on a flight
The trio were upgraded to Business Class, posed for selfies
A Christmas dinner for young people who have left care
is happening for the first time in Oxford this weekend.
They are being told to expect a Christmas Day
The project first started in Manchester three years ago.
Adina Campbell has been to meet the team behind it
Mengan and Chantelle spent their teenage years in care.
I remember one particular teacher didn't expect me to do very
well at school and sort of made a comment.
They say most of the memories of Christmas day with their foster
families in Oxfordshire weren't special.
Through my teenage years I despised Christmas.
I didn't want to talk about it, I didn't take part in any activities
But this year, a team of volunteers across the county have decided
They have spent the last three months planning a Christmas dinner
On Sunday, the guests will open presents, take part in games
and enjoy a Christmas lunch cooked by a chef with Mechelen
We have the best food for the Christmas dinner,
the best chefs for the Christmas dinner, we have presents,
we have films on the day, there is a creche for people
Founder Lemn Sissay went through the care system himself
and knows how tough this time of year can be.
It's about creating a Christmas dinner that is unforgettable,
that is full of love and joy and happiness for a care leaver,
who next year will be able to have a memory to look back
The Christmas Dinner Project started in Manchester three years ago
and has since been rolled out to London and Leeds, but this year
there are two new venues - Liverpool and Oxford.
There are over 500 care leavers in Oxfordshire and we can't have
Christmas for every care leaver, and not everyone would want to join,
but part of the people, they can come and have
The team behind Oxford's dinner have managed to put on most
of the day for free, thanks to donations and volunteers
To see other people having a nice Christmas,
Christmas is all about spending time with people and looking
back and reflecting and making those memories.
Memories are the most important thing that you cherish.
There are some foster families that make the day
absolutely special for people, but then there are also those
I have been there and I have had good Christmases
had bad Christmases, but this is going to be
something to remember and I was so honoured be invited.
A street in North Oxford has been identified as the 15th most
Research by Lloyds Bank has shown the average house price
The average house price in the city is around ?350,000.
London's Eaton Square topped the list - a property
there would set you back around ?17 million.
We're firmly into panto season, but in Oxford, if you take a jump
to your left and a step to the right, you could be
doing the Time Warp instead at Rocky Horror.
It's on at the New Theatre, where the setting is Transylvania.
Among the stars on stage are former S Club 7 member
Paul Cattermole and last year's Strictly Come Dancing
You might also know Georgia as Katy in Coronation Street.
I went to meet them and asked what they think is behind
the continuing appeal of Rocky Horror.
One of the biggest appeals is that it has the audience
interaction with the shout-outs, that have been going for so many
years that it's part of the show, isn't it?
They're still funny, every single time.
No matter how many times you've seen it, it makes you giggle, as well.
Sometimes the funniest jokes on the night come
Georgia, were you an fan when you were growing up?
I had to do my quickstep on Strictly to S Club 7 and I remember me
and mum being on a pier somewhere, I think it was on Southsea
or somewhere, doing, # Rreach for the stars #.
I mean, you know it better than I do.
And, Paul, for you, when you look back at the S Club years,
what are your feelings around that time?
I look back at it through rose-tinted glasses.
I had a lot of fun, I met a lot of people, travelled a lot
and I still like a lot of the songs, maybe more now than I did then.
I used to watch your programme and everything.
Georgia, Strictly, that must have helped you prepare
I had never performed in front of an audience before,
so that kind of taught me a lot, and feeling nervous like that
as well was scary, but it has prepared me for this and,
You are used to fancy costumes on Strictly -
a whole different type of fancy costume in Rocky Horror.
What's it like for both of you to be dressing up?
One of them has a lot of blood, so that takes, like,
20 minutes to do, so the whole of the first act I am
Then another 15 minute make-up change to get
I mean, they are both very different.
One is just wham, bam, thank you, mam.
Well, it feels like it when you can't breathe.
So you have to be pretty fit to be able to do
The thing with Strictly it was just 90 seconds and it is done,
were this is an hour-and-a-half of not stopping.
Especially Colombia, she is jumping around everywhere.
And I get to do a little tap in it, as well.
Tell me what your favourite elements are of Rocky Horror.
Well, I like getting to play two parts.
It is so fun and it is such a, like, legendary show, a legendary film,
and everybody who comes knows everything, don't they?
All the shout-outs, everyone gets involved.
The show has been going for a year and it has never lost its energy.
I feel very honoured to be in the show.
You can see The Rocky Horror Show next week.
It runs from Tuesday until New Years Eve.
Sally's here with the rest of South Today in a moment.
We're going to leave you with some of the Christmas sights
MUSIC: It s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, by Michael Buble.
Your festive forecast is looking a little on the mild side.
but things do ease down into next week.
I'll have the details later in the programme.
Would you expect to pay more for a taxi if you wanted
Many cabs will levy extra charges but drivers in the Shoreham
and Lancing area will be working for less this year.
An administrative error by Adur council means they are not allowed
The council is having to offer compensation.
Sean Killick is at the taxi rank outside Lancing railway station.
Sean, not a happy Christmas for local cabbies?
No. The cabbies here are as miserable as the weather. They are
concerned about Christmas Day. They fear they could use ?5 on an average
fare. Usually, they can charge double from 9pm on Christmas Eve due
to Boxing Day but due to a counsellor they can only charge 1.5
times. It's actually an equivalent
of a 25% loss. So, imagine any worker, if they were
to open their pay packet at Christmas, and find
that 25% of the money, their wages was missing,
that's fairly unreasonable, isn't We've yet to see how
that would be done. I think it will be a minefield,
but we shall see. Well, Adur District Council
says the drivers won't lose out. The council said the error arose
when it was approving an increase in tariffs which had been asked
for by the taxi trade. Drivers say this is the latest
financial pressure. They say that many customers have less money in
their pockets and are using taxes less. Some of the people we spoke to
today had mixed feelings about paying double over Christmas.
I don't think they should charge double.
They should just charge normal rate, really.
They're coming out, they're getting away
from their children and they
should be having double-time because they get away from it, yes, I do
I think it's fair it's double-time, yes.
To get someone to work on Christmas Day is
I think they're just trying to cheat the public.
Even on Christmas Day, they shouldn't be allowed to charge
It's their choice to work Christmas Day, isn't it?
Despite all this, the cabbies are much busier than normal. Still
non-on the rank behind me. It seems the big Christmas getaway is getting
underway. From me, Merry Christmas and back to the studio.
Tony is here the sport. With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we will
look ahead to some of the big stories for next year. A year ago, I
sat here and we looked at what we thought would be a big story. We
spoke to Alex Danson who went on to win gold in Rio. We are hoping we
will get the prediction is right for next year.
Next year the Portsmouth based Ben Ainslie Racing team
will attempt to win sport's oldest international trophy.
The America's Cup began in the Solent in 1851,
In his first television interview since the team relocated to Bermuda,
Sir Ben has brought South Today up to date on preparations.
It's a trophy which has eluded Britain so far for 165 years.
In 2017, our greatest sailor could bring it home.
Around half of the Land Rover BAR team, led by Sir Ben Ainslie
have left their home in Portsmouth and will spend the winter
in Bermuda ahead of racing for the America's Cup
We're almost set up with our base here now but we're operational
in terms of getting boats out on the water and that's
So, a really exciting period for the team.
Feels so much more real now that we're out here in the reader
-- Bermuda and moving into the New Year.
You can see everyone's focusing incredibly hard
The sailing team is now training day by day in the waters which will hold
the 35th America's Cup, a gruelling series of qualifiers
will decide which of five teams take on the holders Oracle team USA,
From next June, many in the sporting world will be fixing their focus
on this tiny North Atlantic island, 3500 miles from the UK.
We are a new team so there's a certain element of catching up
we have to do with some of the existing teams.
But our goal is to still try and bring that cup home.
We really appreciate all of the support from everyone back home.
I guarantee you, it's going to be an incredible America's Cup.
The boat used in the main racing is due to go in the water
Over the next six months, one of Britain's great
Staying with sailing and big news from the Olympic world today.
The British sailing team manager Stephen Park is leaving his post
Stephen Park has presided over the winning of 23 Olympic
and Paralympic medals in his 15 years as team manager.
The Weymouth and Portland based team finished as the leading nation
The 48-year-old is joining British cycling as Performance Director
What fate awaits our football clubs in 2017, Southampton
have the EFL Cup semi finals, and promotion to the Premier League
is very much on the radar of Brighton and Reading.
Heading into Christmas, the Royals, with first year boss Jaap Stam
are third in the table, but Brighton are the only club
The Albion return to action against QPR on Tuesday the 27th,
and their opponents would have been considered a promotion rival.
They've had to move a few players out and, of course, with
recruitment, sometimes that takes a bit longer than you will want.
Certainly, in Ian Holloway, they got somebody that knows the club very
well and he'll be trying his very best to try and turn that around.
Southampton have a boxing day off before they host Spurs on the 28th
Bournemouth will tackle table toppers Chelsea,
minus Diego Costa and Ngolo Kante at Stamford Bridge.
In the championship Reading are home to Norwich
Oxford and MK Dons will hope for bumper Boxing Day crowds at hme
while Swindon travel to the East end.
Portsmouth are at bottom of the league Newport in league two.
Across the festive season, remember, you can catch every game
Earlier this week, I received this Christmas card from a gentleman
called John asking for our help to trace a certain
young lady playing a piano in West Quay in Southampton.
They had shared a special musical moment and some seasonal goodwill.
John was worried he wouldn't find out who she was.
Christmas is a time for people to come together and for one man,
a chance encounter with a young lady at a piano in this shopping centre
And she was so receptive to me and we just sang along together
and I thought this is the real essence of Christmas.
It just stayed in my mind and I thought, well,
You asked us an South today if we could find this girl.
It would just be a nice gesture if I can thank her.
So, I thought, immediately, let's write to you and
So, we put it all out on Facebook and then, through Facebook,
she got in touch with others and we're going to go around
Hello. Just a little gesture.
I used to sing with my Nan all the time.
We'd just perform everything for her and she just sing along.
It's quite nice because I don't have grandparents any more, sadly and so,
to be able to sing things like this and be able to also go
to the Sunrise elderly home and perform there.
I thought it was such a lovely gesture at Christmas time.
To accept somebody like me who is completely at it was really a super
moment. # I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
# Just like the ones I used to know # Where the tree tops glisten and
children listen... #. He just loves singing and he loves
getting... His voices is not as good as it used to be and he feels nobody
would want him so for somebody to get up with him like that has just
made his day. Made his Christmas. A heart-warming Christmas story.
Enjoy your Christmas, John. Onto the weather. Sarah Farmer is here. A
mild one. Storm Barbra is not hanging around for too much longer.
Giles Marsh sent in this wonderful shot of the sun rising
A grey but glorious view across the grounds
of Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock - That one was taken by
in Weymouth Harbour this afternoon, captured by Raymond Slack
We continue to have outbreaks of rain through the coming hours and
that should clear throughout and we will see spells of clear whether
developing through the night. Clear skies mean that temperatures will
take a bit of a knock. Down to around four or 5 degrees. Sheltered
spots may see a touch of Frost but there should be enough of a breeze
to keep that at bay for most of ours. Into Christmas Eve, a bright
and cheery start. Still breezy through the cause of the day. We
could see one or two showers floating in from the West. For the
most part, a pleasant and bright day. Temperatures, highs of ten or
11. Cloud will continue to build and thicken. The odd shower is possible.
Through the overnight period, it will be breezy. Into Christmas Day,
it's a mild one. Temperatures around 12-14 . The record is currently
15.60 Greece. It'll be quite cloudy. -- 15 .6 degrees. Wet weather moves
in through the overnight period on Sunday into Monday. We do eventually
see that clear through. Through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it
looks like we will stay pretty mild. But pressure conditions as we arrive
into Boxing Day. Things to settle down and the wind is of a touch, as
well. That's it. From all others here, we wish you a Merry Christmas.
We would like to leave you with a carol.
The Downton Chamber Voices singing Comes The Light by Sarah Collins,
# Sing out for the mother and the child she bore
# Sing out for the mother and the child she bore.
# Sing out for the Earth and heavenly renewal...
# Comes a light, sing out and be heard
# Sing out for the mother and the # Sing out for the mother and the
child she bore # Sing out for the mother and the
child she bore. # Sing out for those with faith and
without # For those who hope and those who
doubt # All those who work throughout the
night # Sing out for the mother and the
child she bore. #.