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27/01/2017

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The South West has been told it could do better when it comes

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The head of Visit Britain, Sally Balcombe, says the region's

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economy is missing out on the untapped market because 18-35

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year olds don't know what's on offer at the region's coastal resorts,

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Kirk England is in Tiverton, where Sally Balcombe

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The South West is already incredibly popular with lots of visitors. We do

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get our fair share of surfers and a stag and hen dos. But are we missing

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a trick when it comes to this crucial and 35 market? That's what's

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been discussed at this tourism conference in Tiverton. Sally Bolcom

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is the chief executive of Visit Britain and Visit England. We

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missing out? I think we are. I think there's been a good recent research

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by the Coastal Academy done, but shows that this group recognised a

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few places in Britain. Brighton, Blackpool and Cornwall have come

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through. But other areas are not getting the cut through with

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audience. What about these services, stag and hen dos, we must get plenty

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of under 35s? You do, but in certain honeypot places. Cornwall does

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particularly well. Perhaps Devon and Somerset are not doing as well with

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that audience. And this audience have a massive choice in a

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competitive environment. They can get from a plane very easily and go

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somewhere exciting and different. It is a challenging environment and

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lots of opportunity to do more. So more tempted to jump on a plane and

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go to Prague for a couple of nights? Potentially there are some transport

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challenges. It takes time to get here. They have a short amount of

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time. They want to be connected all the time with broadband. They want

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to share on social media. All of these challenges for the South West.

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Lots of challenges for businesses in the South West to tackle together

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crucial under 35 market. We will have more tonight and Spotlight.

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White thank you. Two men have been killed in a car

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crash on the A39 near Truro. The accident happened

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at about 10:30 last The driver and one passenger,

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both in their 40s and from Truro, The other passenger has

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a serious leg injury. One of the first "nature schools"

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in the country could be The Devon Wildlife Trust says it

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wants to develop a different type of learning for three to eleven year

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olds as part of the Government's But it's not the only group

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wanting to establish a new school in the town,

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as our Environment Correspondent, We're going to do a little bit

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of an explore of nature! Outdoor learning can

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inspire children. Everyone go onto that

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end and stand together. The Devon Wildlife Trust is already

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working with a school in Exeter, where staff say they value the idea

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of building nature and the environment

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into the curriculum. I get a huge pleasure from seeing

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the children outdoors because you see them focused,

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and the concentration You see them talking to completely

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different friendship groups than they might work

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with in classrooms. You see the girls being

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really adventurous. And I think that's

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a really positive thing. The Wildlife Trust plans

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to set up one of the These are schools that can be set up

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by groups such charities, They're funded by central

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government, but they don't have to follow the national curriculum

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and are independent The Trust says nature helps teach

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subjects such as maths and science. There's no subject that

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you can't teach with the help You can look at the structure

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of a flower or a leaf, and you can teach basic principles

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of geometry along that. Some critics say free schools take

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away resources from other schools. There's at least one other proposal

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for a new school in Okehampton. It involves a partnership

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to establish a Church of England primary and nursery school,

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with strong emphasis Now, if you see smoke coming

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from Plymouth's Civic Centre and a huge emergency response

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this weekend, don't be alarmed - The largest fire drill ever held

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in Devon is taking place will see 15 fire fighters involved

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in tackling a simulated blaze It's to help test the procedures

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for tackling fires in the region's increasing number of

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high rise buildings. It was the biggest fire to his post

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for Plymouth. Dingles department store, 1988. Since then, the city's

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skyline has only gone one way and that's. As the buildings get taller,

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the challenges or the Fire Service increase popular if you have a look

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round our major cities in the country, especially the South West,

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we have more and more high-rise buildings being built, mainly for

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student accommodation, high-rise lap. We need to be prepared and

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aware of the internal structures of these buildings. Plymouth today

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looks skywards as well as seawards. The new council houses are worth up

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to the minute as elsewhere... At 14 floors Gemili Civic Centre used to

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be the city's tallest Olding. It stood empty for a couple of years,

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that this weekend it will be the centre of the largest fire drill

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staged. If you can imagine coming into here. If every dark. It's going

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to be very smoky. Fireman Steve Anderson has been working on turning

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the building into every firefighter's worst nightmare. We

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have a few surprises in law, but I'm sure they'll be able to cope with

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anything that's thrown at them on the day. On Sunday morning smoke

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will billow down the empty corridors will stop sirens will sound the

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actors will scream and fired cruise from as far as Yeovil and

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Bridgewater will swing into action. A pensioner from Devon has raised

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thousands of pounds for charity Paper boy David Rickard gives

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all his earnings to charity, and plans to keep going

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as long as he can. Eleanor Parkinson has

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been to meet him. 77-year-old David Rickard,

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handing over yet another cheque. This time for ?1,500 to the RNLI,

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and the crew of the Penley lifeboat. So how did he raise

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so much money on his own? I do a paper round in Honiston

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every Wednesday, and I'm also doing And the money I from get those

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activities, I donate to a Cornish charity in memory of my mother,

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who died in 2006. Over the last ten years,

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David has walked hundreds of miles and raised almost ?15,000

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for seven Cornish charities, including the RNLI, the air

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ambulance and two hospices. This time his money will

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be used to help build The old one is so small that

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there's barely enough room for the crew to change

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into their waterproofs. Three times he's been down

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and presented us with cheques. So how do you repay such

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a loyal fundraiser? With tea and home-made

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cakes, of course. Now with a look at the weekend

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weather prospects. More unsettled, here is something we

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haven't even for a while - some puzzles. Through this afternoon

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Raval move into more areas. Here's what's going on, a weather front

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across Cornwall has been bringing rain. That's moving eastwards over

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the next 24 hours. Writer for a time but by the town we get to send a

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further weather fronts bringing some rain. This is what we see this

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morning. Here is that rain in the Isles of Scilly. Cloud increasing.

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As well as that band of rain, we have rain moving up from the south.

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Patchy in nature at first, but becoming widespread this afternoon

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and overnight. Temperatures reaching highs of 9-10 Celsius. Overnight, a

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damp night with temperatures not fallen as low as they have.

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Typically down to around 4-6 based macro Celsius. Tomorrow night starts

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cloudy. -- tomorrow morning starts cloudy. Drier and brighter

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conditions with sunshine into the afternoon, but also the chance of

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some showers. It could become heavy thundery for a time. Highs of 9-10

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Celsius. A westerly outflow so it will feel that bit milder.

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I'll be back with Victoria Graham for more on that and all the latest

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news from the South West in Spotlight tonight at 18:30.

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From the lunchtime news, have a very good afternoon.

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The FA Cup fourth round, next weekend, across the BBC.

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It's incredible, the changes that have occurred in just 50 years.

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Oh, my goodness me, I don't like the look of that.

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The Robshaws are going back in time again...

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