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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.


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