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after passengers made their way smoke-filled concourse.
Tonight: We go onboard the newest navy supply ship RFA Tidespring.
The huge vessel has come to Falmouth to be fitted out -
a contract which secures jobs and millions of
Also tonight: From archaeologist to song writer, to eco champion.
Sir Tim Smit will be joining us in the studio to talk
about projects past, present and plans for the future.
A new lease of life for this historic building -
one of several across our region to benefit from ?15 million
And taking on the ocean - the Devon skipper preparing
We start tonight with a story which should help safeguard
jobs and provide a boost for the local economy.
A brand new tanker for the Royal Fleet Auxilliary has
arrived in Falmouth for fitting out work as part of a multi-million
RFA Tidespring and her three sister ships are a new generation of tanker
designed to refuel the UK's new aircraft carriers.
The work at Falmouth will help secure 300 jobs at the shipyard.
Spotlight's David George is there for us tonight.
New generation of type class tankers. She is about a year late
arriving here due to delays in her built in South Korea, but she is
designed to be more flexible in use, cheaper in operation and better for
the environment. She will be here for four months while work is
carried out. RFA Tidespring ride in Falmouth at
the weekend after a seven-week, 14,000 mile voyage from the shipyard
where she was built in South Korea. This ship and the other three like I
will carry out research unit and resupply at sea with the new
carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, all with any Nato military vessel. These
ships are designed to support those ships at sea so they can carry
greater amounts of aviation fuel and diesel to keep those ships
operating. We also have the requirement to replace our old
tankers which are single hold so this class of tanker is double
hulls, meet the latest regulations for maritime pollution. Refuelling
at sea meets big ships moving at speed close to each other, a
difficult and dangerous manoeuvre but the tide spring is designed for
it. Down below are 17,000 cubic metres of diesel and is aviation
fuel and the cargo fuel comes up from the control room out through
deeper punishment rigs and that pumps fuel to the ships alongside.
The ships were built in South Korea in a contract worth more than ?450
million. 150 million pounds of that has gone to UK companies who have
provided much of the equipment on board. What we need to do is put in
specific mission sensitive equipment which is the weapons and
communications fit which gives to be done in a UK yard. It will take
about four months to get her into specification and we will continue
onto into service. This contract valued at ?20 million is good news
for the Falmouth Yard and the people who work is. Secures our workforce
for a year but the infrastructure and the community, hotels, tourism,
a great opportunity to secure economic prosperity for Falmouth and
the outlying regions. The four tankers will be able to resupply
Nato ships anywhere in the world and they will be equipped to carry out
other tasks such as humanitarian aid work and anti-drug operations. You
might have missed the names of the other three ships there, they are
tied to surge, tied force and tight race and each of those will come to
Falmouth for the same sort of work, one after the other, keeping the
yard busy for the next 18 months. After that the company hoped to have
won the contract for the ongoing maintenance of these ships which
will secure jobs for even longer. Apologies for the sound problems we
had there. Today marks the 25th
anniversary of the restoring of the Lost Gardens of Heligan,
near Mevagissey in Cornwall. Now, one of the most popular
botanical gardens in the UK Heligan had fallen into disrepair
as its workforce went off to fight The man behind the gardens,
Sir Tim Smit, went on to create the Eden Project and is now looking
towards China and beyond. We'll be talking to him
about his next 25 years in a minute, but first a look at some
of his projects in the Southwest. He is the businessman who has
always had bold visions. Heligan's botanical gardens
were overgrown and lost in bramble and ivy for decades until this
entrepreneur discovered them Sir Tim's best-known work,
the Eden Project, has just celebrated its 16th birthday
and after some difficult years, has seen visitor numbers return
to the million mark. And now controversial
plans are underway for The centrepiece a glass arc
surrounded by a surf lake and beach, hotel, designer outlet village
and a service station planned for 90 hectares of land by junction
27 of the M5 and Eden Sir Tim's first big building venture
overseas on the east coast of China. Sir Tim Smit joins us in the studio
now. Can you believe it is 25 years? I can when I see the state of me in
1990! Some would say you are very good at spending other people's
money. I think everything we have done so far in the south-west has
been very good for the south-west and Heligan, we did not spend
anybody else's money and today it is our 25th anniversary from opening in
east of 1990 once in a goat shed and I will never forget that because we
had a goat shed and 80 and, I did it with my friend John who sadly died
two years ago and without him this would not be there. To think where
we have got to know is fantastic. You are best known probably buy a
lot of people for Eden, but what does Heligan mean to you 25 years
on? It means everything because when you take a gamble with your life to
do something that you have a sense that you ought to do but has no
certainties and you promised yourself you will do something as
well as you can and there is a bit of pain along the way, but it is
totally life affirming. It put me in touch with John Nelson who worked
every hour of daylight to make it a reality. It was a wonderful feeling,
this gang, then the public came in watching us do the restoration,
people getting hooked on the place when we were not open. Today we have
had more than 6 million visitors and the thing that is satisfying is how
many people who were there in the early days are still there. Just
like the atmosphere we are creating at Eden, people do not want to go
because it becomes like a family thing. That is the most important
thing that we have built places that feel they are part of a community.
You want to the extent that community to China, so you are
taking their business model over four Eden to China. We will build
three Eden Project in China, in different parts of the geography. We
are also, we have won a competition to build with Grimshaw at Expo 2020
in Dubai, but at the heart of this is an important thing, in the
glamour, people forget we were built to build a serious environmental
project. China is not known for its environmental credentials, so how
does an Eden like Project fit in with China that has a lot of coal,
fire powered stations and peruse the atmosphere? One of the things you
have to be aware of is that we in the West love rather hypocritical
you to point the finger at others. What is the point of us doing
anything because India and China are pumping stuff into the air? There
are a lot of lies told about China. It is just not true. But you see a
lot of smoke in Beijing. There is a chum and is pollution problem but
the Chinese that we are talking to over there and the young people at
universities of passionate that their business excess is going to be
match by their passion to win back the environment. Something to cheer
you up, each of the last two years, China has planted more trees than
the rest of the world put together. The fastest incidence of putting
renewable energy in the world is China and they cannot believe that
we in the West are not dominating that. We allowed the excuse of China
polluting the world to prevent us from being dynamic. So much to talk
about. But thank you very much for joining us.
There were celebrations today in a number of coastal areas
across the south west as ?15 million in government grants
Ilfracombe's watersports centre is being helped as is a new visitor
attraction on Portland and a heritage centre at West Bay.
Spotlight's Hamish Marshall has been to two places in Cornwall
where existing buildings will be transformed.
It has been a landmark in Looe for centuries,
but the sardine factory is to undergo
Inside, the years and its links with fishing show, but soon this
Part of the scheme is a training restaurant to pass on vital skills.
We have a number of good restaurants in Looe,
but we have got a distinct lack of training facilities
and we will be working with a local chef who will look to train people,
local people, local children, people at student level
and hopefully they will go on and stay in Cornwall.
?1.1 million of a grant means work can start soon.
The whole project will include a museum, fishing store
and an outward bound centre to give it an all year round use.
One of the quirks of this old building is that it's back wall
is actually the rock face and one of the plans is that the climbing
wall as part of the Outward Bound Centre will be made up
History is not a thing of the past in Plymouth.
?2 million has been handed to help turn these plans into reality.
The whole bill for the history centre in North Hill is ?34 million.
Apart from this wonderful view, which changes and is very inspiring.
This building under St Ives bus station has won the jackpot.
?3.5 million means it can be turned into office accommodation
with a view and a half for small local businesses.
But actually trying to coordinate that in a place where real estate
is very expensive and often disappears from the market almost
before it has come onto the market means that to be able to actually
acquire a property that has the space and the views
and the potential that this building has got is literally
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for St Ives.
It is hoped people can be doing business here in little over a year.
Security experts in the south west are warning that website
hacking and cyber crime are seriously under-reported.
The issue is believed to cost businesses in the region
One Cornish company making bespoke coffins
for people and pets is having to rebuild its business
online, after hackers disrupted its website.
I started my working life in a bank and I never envisaged painting
This company's stock and trade is pretty offbeat,
but it is a business just like any other.
It's prone to the same risks and victim to the same setbacks,
including interference with its website.
Just on the screen was coming up a red circle with a line on it
It has been quite stressful because obviously I have got
to start at the bottom again now, so that means recreating
a new website, recreating samples to go onto the website.
This small company making personalised coffins is not
on the high street like some retailers, so its website
is its shop window, the gateway to business further afield
from beyond its small premises in Bodmin.
The original website, we had enquiries from all over
England and they were shipped up, coffins were taken up
by the courier, but now it's been taken down,
it has made quite an impact on the business.
The business is being relaunched with a new website
Sue says she plans to monitor the page more closely.
I can only do as much as I can to safeguard.
We're actually putting it together ourselves,
so we will be in control more and be able to back up and keep
our own files, so it will be our responsibility.
While it is not known how much trade was lost thorugh
the interference with the web page, Sue is just hoping that her new site
will be less of a target for hackers wherever they are in the world.
Now a roundup of other stories making the news in the South West.
Secretly found kicking hitting and stamping on a cow. Owen Nichol told
the court he was absolutely disgusted with himself.
Devon and Cornwall Police have welcomed a change in the law
which means as from today, online grooming is
Police can now arrest anyone who sends a sexual
Over the last five years, in the South West there's been
a 144% rise in incidents of abusers meeting children
Dorset Police says it's one of the busiest forces in the country
when it comes to dealing with incidents involving drones.
Last year, there were 155 cases in Dorset, the sixth highest
There were 110 incidents in Devon and Cornwall,
but just six reported in Avon and Somerset.
It's time for the sport now and there was plenty for football
fans to get their teeth into this weekend.
Yes, we're at the stage of the season where it's
Exeter City have done themselves the world of good
Plymouth Argyle were beaten and missed out
I'm rubbish at maths, but Andy Birkett is not
bad with a calculator, so it's over to him to see
where things stand with six games left to play.
I think my old maths teacher might disagree.
It's never straightforward, is it, being a football fan?
And I get the feeling there are going to be
plenty of nervous moments still to come this season.
The odds of promotion to League One are still well and truly
in Plymouth Argyle's favour, despite this latest
defeat against Accrington and it was another goal from a set
The odds of a comeback weren't so good.
This season, the Pilgrims have only won twice after conceding the first
goal, although Anthony Sarcevic went close to a first half equaliser.
Sadly it was the same story in the second half
with the Accy keeper going above and beyond
So where does that defeat leave them?
The manager Derek Adams thinks their chances of winning
the league are now over, but they're still in
Despite a fourth defeat in their last six games
at Home Park, they're still ten points clear of the play-off places
So even if the chasing pack won all of their matches,
three more wins for Argyle would be enough to guarantee League One
It was another late show, this time against one
of their near rivals Mansfield, which saw them take
Trailing with a little over five minutes left,
neat play on the edge of the box ended with Ryan Harley
And then in the seventh minute of added time,
Reuben Reid was bundled over for a penalty.
The striker has developed a handy knack of scoring late goals recently
It's incredible to think City were bottom of the football league
Now they're in sixth and automatic promotion is still a possibility,
but the play-offs looks to be their most likely
Ten points separate ten teams all with promotion aspirations.
What I do know is if they keep doing what they're doing,
In the National League, relegation worries still haunt
Torquay United after another defeat at Plainmoor.
The Gulls had Myles Anderson sent off in the first half,
but held on until the last ten minutes to concede
The defeat sees them slip back into the drop zone.
I'd like to end on a high, but unfortunately the Cornwall
under-18s came up just short in the FA Youth Cup
After going a goal behind early on, the highlight for the Cornish boys
Unfortunately Middlesex hit back again to win 2-1.
A quiet weekend for most of our rugby teams with no games
for Exeter and the Cornish Pirates, but well done to Jersey, who,
as I'm sure viewers, in the Channel Islands have already
seen, have made it to the final of the British and Irish Cup.
They beat London Irish yesterday and will now meet
Plymouth Albion had a good weekend too -
they made it ten wins on the trot when they beat bottom
Congratulations to Devon's Heather Fell, the former
Olympic Modern Pentathlon Silver medallist who has just
taken part in an Ironman Challenge in South Africa.
She completed the 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and the marathon
run in ten hours 46 minutes which was under her target time.
And she was still standing at the end!
A sailor from Devon has been named as one of the 12 skippers taking
part in the round the world Clipper Race.
Rick Powell, along with 700 others, will embark on the challenge -
thought to be the toughest ocean race - in August.
He's taken time out from his preparations to join us
Lovely to see you. Are you excited? Very excited. Is it something you
have always wanted to do? It is. It has sowed a seed something I would
like to do. Sailing the oceans, it is just fantastic, mother nature at
her best. You will be away from home for a long time. The whole trip is
11 months. My family are with me, they will meet me on stop overs. Are
they coming to the really glamorous ones? I bet they are, Sydney and
Cape Town. The ones we know where we are stopping our Cape Town, Sydney,
we will go up to China, across to Seattle and then on through the
Panama Canal, down to these coast of America and then on to Londonderry.
You have huge responsibility as a skipper because it can be very
dangerous. There is a huge responsibility. It is something I do
know but I have been heavily involved in the training of this
year's crew and I firmly believe that the four weeks of intensive
training is more than adequate. A lot of them are not sailors. Some of
them have done no sailing, but everyone does the four weeks
intensive training. It will be scary in places. Yes, it can be but we are
trained for it. What we want to hear it is it will start down here. At
the moment they start has not been announced but it would be nice to be
down here. Thank you. You are hard in training but thank you for coming
to see us. Good luck with everything.
The story of a Second World War land girl whose life became an enduring
tale of love has been turned into a stage play.
It played to a packed house on Exmoor and it's been created
by a Somerset man who's no stranger to writing - he scripted
600 episodes of BBC Radio 4's The Archers.
Now 92, Elizabeth Henderson still lives on the Cotswold farm
where she fell in love with farming and her husband-to-be.
That her life has become a stage play is, she says, rather nice.
Oh, yes, on the whole it's a plus rather than a minus.
No Final Life played to a packed house in Exmoor in Somerset.
It is set towards the end of the Second World War
when an 18-year-old Somerset girl wrote to a rather famous Oxfordshire
You see, George Henderson wasn't just a farmer,
he was an author and his book on how to work the land became iconic.
It was after reading that book that Exmoor farmer and one-time producer
of Radio 4's The Archers decided to take Elizabeth's
It is a brilliant story because she left school,
all she wanted to do was to be a farmer and that is why
It was that period at the end of the war and the year or two
after the war when there was a great sense of idealism and we were
going to make Britain better and the countryside
And Elizabeth's story will play to theatres across the West
It's time for the weather forecast and, David, it was a nice weekend.
Will it continue? I think so. We just have one day to get rid of and
that is first thing tomorrow. Glorious sunshine today. Breezy
along the south coast. For the week ahead, it looks promising. A bit of
rain tonight and first thing tomorrow. But after that, dry and
bright but cool over the night-time. The Knights could be on the cold
side. Two weather front is coming tonight. They combine to form one
line of cloud and that will travel across southern England. Once it
gets to the other side of us, this area of high pressure takes charge.
Slow to come in tomorrow but by Wednesday it is across the western
part of Britain and that is where it for stay. It lasts all the way
through to the end of the week, keeping us dry. You can see where
the cloud has been coming in today. The juices a few spots of rain now.
The whole lot will continue its journey eastwards but before that
has arrived, earlier today we had some sunshine and find weather. This
is Cornwall where there was some blue sky and most conditions today.
The breeze has picked up a little bit. The famous clock tower that was
badly affected by our storms and some very quiet conditions. It is
going to look different tomorrow. More cloud around why the end of the
night to night. Patchy bits of rain here and there, some hill fog and a
great start compelled to the last couple of days. Temperatures not
much lower than eight or 9 degrees. Tomorrow we have some of that rain
early in the day. Last to clear our parts of Dorset and East Somerset,
but further west we should get some sunshine. It is slightly colder air,
so don't expect the sort of temperatures we been used to. Our
top temperature of 12 or 13 for most of us. A few places might get up to
14 or 15. The Isles of Scilly becoming drier, some sunshine. A
brisk northerly wind. That should ease by Wednesday. And some big
waves for our surfers. The north coast will be rather messy.
Reasonable ways and clean on the south. There is the coastal waters
forecast. The winds from the North, occasionally six in the far west.
The drizzle clearing them fair and good visibility and it is good for
the rest of this week. Just the cloud will be tricky to get right.
Lovely weather on Wednesday, temperatures could do with being a
bit higher. Have a good evening. Not looking too bad for the start of the
Easter holiday. Welcome to the south-west if you have just come
here for holiday. We are back at 10:30pm tonight. Good night.