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Here in the south west tonight - a flying visit
We ask her about the region's health funding.
What we're going to see over the next few years, until 2020, is a
significant amount of extra money being put into the south west,
But what exactly does that mean for the NHS here?
We'll have analysis from our political editor who's been
Also on Spotlight - the Queen unveils a statue
to the Queen Mother in Prince Charles' Dorset
And I am in Salcombe on the south Devon coast where commemorations
have been taking place todax to mark 100 years of one of
the worst disasters in the history of the RNLI.
With services both on land `nd sea, we will be hearing
from the relatives of some of those who died that day, 100 years ago.
We will also be hearing a previously unheard recordings of one
We will also be hearing a previously unheard recording of one
of the survivors and his great-grandson.
On her first visit to the rdgion as Prime Minister, Theresa Lay today
said health services in the south west are set to receive mord money.
Our Political Editor Martyn Oates met the Prime Minister
at Newquay Airport this afternoon and is with us now.
Of course, a lot of people in the south west are worridd
about the prospect of cuts to health services?
Particularly in Devon, quitd severe cuts proposed, across much of the
county. Cuts opposed vocallx in Parliament last week by a lot of her
own Conservative MPs from Ddvon Many of them taking the view the
root problem is the Devon and south-west more generally don't get
a fair share of health fundhng. I put that to Theresa May.
We also believe that it is hmportant that the health service itsdlf
determines the configuration of and the provision
of services in local areas and that is about what we are going
to see over the next few ye`rs, up to 2020, is a significant amount
of extra money being put into the south-west...
What health service is now doing is talking to local areas about how
that is going to be spent and what services are going to be
provided in the different areas It is important that
we get the local voice in making these decisions.
What will people make of those comments?
So does this mean she's listened to her own MPs in Devon?
Perhaps, but the government has pledged increases in health funding
nationally, but that does not mean Devon and the south-west will get a
bigger proportion of funding in the future. Also, sticking to a line we
heard from the Labour government and the Coalition government, to save
the NHS has a lot of independents in this matters which makes thdse
difficult decisions being done at an arms length from ministers. I'm not
sure that will satisfy her local MPs, they reminded her a lot of
people elected this governmdnt and they were looked air and thd
government to deliver a better deal on this kind of thing.
It's been 25 years in development but today Poundbury on the outskirts
of Dorchester received the tltimate Royal seal of approval.
Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke
and Duchess of Cornwall were in Dorset to unveil a statue
It's the centrepiece of a l`rge square in Poundbury,
which has been championed by Prince Charles for its
Our Dorset reporter Simon Clemison has been looking back
at the county's Royal connections over the last few decades.
Since the early days of her reign, the Queen has been taking the train
to Dorset, arriving in Dorchester in 1952. At the age of 90 todax, she
made the same journey, keephng a long history of royal links with
this county alive. Dorset's connection stretch back at least a
thousand years from Corfe c`stle to an uprising that began in lhne
rejects, to King George III's famous visit to Weymouth. It is th`t human
connection with a monarch who arrives on a Dorset railway which
has been so strong over the past 60 years. The colour of the dax almost
comes through the black and white of 1952. Such is the atmospherd,
repeated over generations. They continue to come out in thehr
hundreds to show their support. Today was the day to have a balcony.
Or get to the front. What does the Queen mean to Dorset? This says it
all. Brilliant turnout. Fantastic. We have been waiting a few hours to
see her and it is lovely to see her to the original station, on her
train. Really good. We have got daughter, mother, granddaughters,
grandmothers. What was it lhke? Amazing. So exciting. We ran here
especially to see her. We dhd, we ran. The Poundbury estate, the focal
point this afternoon. Built on Prince of Wales land with hhs ideas
in mind. The development has grown significantly since the Quedn last
came in the 90s. She unveildd a statue of her late mother. Somewhat
a different system for deciding the head of state Bhatia, even the
cranes say Queen, and the btildings they are building. Is a minh
Buckingham Palace? The Queen smiled and laughed another day in this
county behind. Now a brief round-up of somd
of the other news tonight. A teenager has appeared in court
in connection with a security alert 19-year-old Damon Smith is `ccused
of having an explosive substance with intent to endanger lifd.
He entered no plea. Police investigating the case
searched his former home in Newton Abbott.
He was remanded in custody. The man accused of causing the death
of a member of the Cornish shanty group Fishermen's Friends
and the group's tour manager has decided not to give
evidence at his trial. Singer Trevor Grills,
from Port Isaac, and Paul McMullen from Cheshire, died
when they were hit by a falling door at G Live in Guildford in 2013.
David Naylor, whose firm supplied the door, denies two counts
of manslaughter by gross negligence. There's been an earthquake
in Cornwall. It hit at 3am this morning
and was centred on Bodmin Moor. The British Geological Survdy says
it measured 2.3 and was the biggest Care providers in Cornwall say
there's a crisis in looking after elderly and disabled people
at weekends because there aren't enough care workers.
One relative called every c`re agency in Cornwall but couldn't get
weekend help for her grandf`ther. As David George reports recruitment
is a problem even though Sotth West councils pay some of the highest
average hourly rates This is the second of four visits
a day which Susan Robins relies on, after a stroke a year ago
left her partially paralysed. Sheena Cooper is her care worker,
she is making lunch. She has been a care worker for five
years and she likes it. I think you have got to be the sort
of person who enjoys doing the work. There you go, it looks lovely and it
smells lovely. Sheena works every other wedkend
but her boss is finding it lore and more difficult to
recruit staff to cover I would say the last six months have
been our hardest in 25 years for recruiting,
especially staff at the weekends, it is just getting really,
really difficult. There was a lady trying to find care
for her grandfather and she must've contacted 30 or 40 agencies
in Cornwall and not one agency could help
and neither could we. Is this a crisis?
Yeah, definitely. A few weeks ago, they
were so short-staffed, I started at 7am and I was
still doing morning calls Because the clients
were that hard, basically. One reason for the shortage
is low pay. Agencies say councils
need to pay them more In a report earlier this wedk,
the UK Home Care Association which represents care companies
said that more money was nedded but it acknowledged that
south-west councils do pay Cornwall Council is one
of the best at ?16.15 an hotr. The Council says it is workhng
with the industry on a joint recruitment campaign
and as part of that, they will be giving awards
to the best care workers and a special ceremony
at the Eden Project on Frid`y. She has another six clients to see
before her shift ends at 9.30pm A manufacturer with bases
in North Devon and South Solerset is pushing back the frontiers
of cosmetics on behalf Until recently, for example,
it was impossible to package an aerosol spray
in a plastic container. But no longer, thanks
to the ground-breaking work of the company we're featurhng
tonight in our series Under the Radar - Swallowfield PLC,
of Wellington and Bideford. Our business correspondent
Neil Gallacher has been to find out about the firm behind some famous
high street names. New York, London, Paris, Bideford.
Yes, Bideford. This is the country's only maker of cosmetic penchls. It
is no cottage industry, each year, they turn out between 25 and 35
million eyebrow pencils. Thhs factory used to make ordinary
graphite pencils. It was established originally because of a loc`lly
sourced earth pigment known as Bideford black. 120 people work
here. We have got a site in North Devon that has the heads of global
beauty industry come down to visit. I think because it was tradhtionally
here we were talking about Bideford black, it was the pigment hdre. When
it was brought out in the 80s, Swallowfield built the cosmdtics
business here. It has a real foothold in North Devon now. In
Wellington, their other factory is even bigger, employing 320 staff.
They recently developed a world first, this particular type of
aerosols using a plastic container rather than a metal can. Thd output
of these two factories goes in the department stores all over Durope
and north America. Don't expect to see Swallowfield plc on the label,
most of what they manufacture is produced for very well-known brands
owned by other firms. You h`ve names of brands you will be very familiar
with. French brands, Americ`n ones, British brands. It won't have
Swallowfield written on it. We are the secret behind some fant`stic
products out there that will carry major high-street brand namds. 0%
of the output from these two factories is for other people.
Exactly which people remains a professional secret. Meanwhhle, some
not so secret relationships on the shop floor help to keep this
business a rather tight knit community. As you probably find in
most factories that employed several hundred people. My nephew and my
son-in-law work in would work, my sister is working with me today My
husband is the engineering lanager. They say, oh, that lot, bec`use we
all come from Appledore. Swallowfield plc do have a few
brands of their own, we werd allowed to film needs. Overall, thex turn
over ?55 million a year so they bring more than just a little
glamour to Wellington and Bhdeford. We're off to Salcombe in sotth Devon
now where commemorations have been taking place to mark the centenary
of tragedy at sea. Welcome to sulk and as you can
imagine, the narrow streets have been heaving with half term holiday
makers and many of them verx unaware of the significance of the day's
events. The weather has been quite kind with light winds and slightly
leaden skies. They couldn't have been more different 100 years ago
when the south-westerly wind was blowing a gale and the seas behind
us not flapped like tonight but really heavy and large. It was on
that day on October 27, 1916, things would change here forever. There was
an early life like to call, Salcombe lifeboat headed out to sea on a
rescue and that is when brothers, sons, husbands, friends and
neighbours would be lost forever. 15 crew were on board,
13 never came home. New audio has just emerged
of one of the survivors, Eddie Distin, and with spechal
permission from his family, We were called out in the morning
at about 5am to a schooner `shore, We got to the wreck and then
we decided that we couldn't see any life aboard so we started
to come home. And of course, on the way home,
we met this disaster. I am James Cooper, I'm one the crew
members of Salcombe lifeboat. He was my great grandfather,
a very lucky man to have survived and to carry on in the Lifeboat
Institution after the disaster and he went on to have medals
as well, so he was made Where we are at the moment hs pretty
much where they capsized and he made a couple of attempts to comd in
but because it was so rough, We wouldn't attempt to come in over
the bar, the big sea caught us All 15 got back on the bottom
but then we couldn't stay 13 drowned and luckily two survived
and I am one of the descend`nts I was washed ashore
and that is where I got knocked about pretty badly,
from here to there, the sea got me and pushed me up
there and then it pushed me back. I'm Andrea Helmsley and my
grandfather James Cannon was lost I was not born at the time
and my mother was only four and a half but I learned
the story from her. They launched the boat
and because the men had alrdady been rescued from the other boat,
it was so dreadful that thex went out unnecessarily in such awful
conditions and the other thhng that stands out in my mind
is that the families were w`tching from the cliff side and saw
the whole thing unfold with the boat tipping over and that must be
unimaginable to bear, reallx. And the aftermath, really,
of finding the bodies I didn't know that my grand`d's body
was found on the slipway where the boat had been
launched at Southsands. I don't think my mother knew that.
If she did, she didn't tell me that. Because I played very happily
on that beach as a child. That affected me greatly,
going back to that beach and realising that is
where he had been found. If I could have met him now,
and had a chat with him, it would be interesting to sit
down and talk to him. Obviously, you could say
to him, you were lucky, But then, we probably would have
gone on to how much it has changed and what we have got now colpared
to what we had and he would have said we are all soft
compared to them. They were brave men.
Brave men. The disaster was one of the worst
in the history of the RNLI. Salcombe has been remembering them
today. A town very much in shock because many of the people were
watching as the disaster unfolded. They have also been remembering the
bravery, continuing bravery of RNLI crew men today.
John Danks has been at servhces of remembrance on land and `t sea.
The RNLI flag flew at half-last outside Holy Trinity church
SINGING # Bridge over troubled waters.
Inside, a packed congregation gathered to pay tribute
to the lifeboat men who died 100 years ago.
Just after 10.20am a minute's silence marked the time
that the William and Emma c`psized on Salcombe bar.
Descendants of the lifeboat crew attended the service.
We just like to show some rdspect to the Salcombe lifeboat crdw
and it's a part of their falily history and it's wonderful to meet
so many distant relatives from Australia and all around
the world today, so it's bedn a wonderful day.
And such a lovely tribute to pay for everyone who passed awax
on that day. Very nice, very honoured, lovely.
Salcombe's all-weather lifeboat alongside the Plymouth lifeboat
led a flotilla of older RNLH vessels to the site of the tragedy.
They were joined overhead by the coastguard search and rescue
Then, in much calmer waters than a century ago, wreaths
You can only imagine what it was like a hundred
when 13 members of a small community, Salcombe, a vill`ge that
had already lost so many people in the First World War,
The impact, there were brothers there were fathers and sons.
And today, it is very much a community service still.
Volunteers helping our fellows at sea.
A lone piper played a lament as the flotilla
This community has changed beyond recognition since 1906,
but the ethos of the life-s`vers who serve it remain
We have already heard from one of the survivor's family, James, I am
interested, how you feel today went? I think it went very well. Now glad
they have been given a good sendoff and it was done in the right manner.
Hopefully all the descendants of the deceased and this survivors have
been given the right commemoration they should've been. Incredhble to
see the archive pictures of what the lifeboat looked like and thd
different lifeboat you have today. Can you imagine going out in those
heavy seas to that rescue 100 years ago? First, you had to get to the
boat, and wrote it, compared to what we have got now, completely
different ball game. They wdre men. A lot different to how we h`ve it.
Being the coxswain of the S`lcombe lifeboat, that Salcombe bar is very
difficult to navigate even with the technology today. We have a very
different lifeboat today th`n 1 0 years ago, but the weather can be
the same and the challenges are getting in across the bar in poor
weather, although we have got the speed and we try to come in on a
single wave, but occasionally, we look at the bar and we will head
towards Plymouth or Brixham because it is too dangerous to come in. All
the crew are trained for poor weather, entering back into sulking,
any risk at all, we go to Plymouth or Brixham. This makes many people
think not just of Salcombe `s a holiday town but very different
there was a real heart here. It has been an important day for the
community, Salcombe is a lifeboat town. What we wanted to do hs to
make sure that we honour thd memory of our colleagues from 1916 and make
sure they are never forgottdn and I think we have done that. Trdmendous
support from holiday-makers as they watched the flotilla. Yes. What
struck me, given we had been planning it from the start, what it
would be like now if our bo`t went out and 13 men today didn't come
back. It would be devastating. Thank you for inviting us to cover this.
From a centenary commemorathon to an annual remembrance as we he`d
towards Remembrance Day. The iconic Merlin helicopter
made a rather special delivery to Devonport Naval
base this morning. On board, a giant poppy
that was being delivered to Admiral Sir Mark Stanhopd,
marking the official launch of the Royal British Legion's
Poppy Appeal in Devon. It was then from the air to the sea
that the universal symbol of remembrance and hope was taken
to the heritage centre wherd, for the first time, an official
partnership was signed between the Royal Navy
here in the south west, The document allows us to r`ise
awareness and allows us to fundraise and do the things
we already do but it just ghves us that extra added piece
of significance which is important to us and to the Royal Brithsh
Legion. It is a really good opportunity
to raise awareness about wh`t we do. You have seen the pageantry
here today with the standard bearers but we do so much more
apart from remembrance. It gives us an opportunity to bring
that down to the modern It was the deafening sound
of the cannons that launched this Charlestown played host this
afternoon to the double-masted Phoenix, one of the stars
of the TV series Poldark. Then hundreds of people lindd
the harbour-side to catch a glimpse of the poppies th`t
had adorned her masts. It is the first time I've sden it.
I just returned back to Cornwall to live and I wouldn't have missed
it for the world. It really is and it's so appropriate
that it is such an old ship. Tradition was the order
of the day and fittingly, it was some local shanty singers who
entertained the crowds. Another important day coming up but
it has been an incredible hhstoric day here in Salcombe for thd whole
community. Being here and looking out to sea, it makes you understand
how the elements of life can change in an instant. A very moving day in
Salcombe. It has been a fairly calm day today. Compare this timd last
year and the year before, wd are quite lucky at the moment, some
quiet weather. This was first liked this morning.
-- first light. Tomorrow, a similar dated today
Some mist and fog patches, slow to clear. Disappointingly cloudy at
times but at least it is mild. Not a huge right to change, a bit boring
frost keeps saying the same message but I suppose it good news hf you
are out and about. Some clott to the north of us capable of prodtcing
some rain. This area of high pressure pretty strong and ht
dominates the weather as we move into the weekend. Trapped whthin it,
a fair amount of cloud, espdcially Saturday and Sunday and that doesn't
change as we move into the darlier part of next week. Perhaps on
Monday, a better chance to see some sunshine has been very limited
indeed today. You could just about make out sticking out of thd top of
the moors, some of the highdst tours seeing above the cloud briefly some
sunshine. This was Plymouth sound, not a lot of brightness. Calm seas.
Relatively quiet conditions for all of our coastal communities. Not much
of the sea running now, the high pressure has been with us for awhile
and it is likely to stay with us as we into the weekend. It is puiet,
cabbage of the sea is betwedn 1 and 15 degrees. We could do with a bit
more in the way of sunshine. A lot of clout staying overnight.
Just allowing those temperatures to get into single figures. Tolorrow,
another very similar day. A lot of cloud, a few shallow mist or fog
patches, the clouds stubborn to break but in a few places, H think
it will let the sunshine in. Top temperature similar to the day at 14
or 15 degrees. I will be back with the latd news
but from all of us in the studio, have a good evening.