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Top brass: Defying budget cuts to save the school band

[ad_1] Music is too often among the first subjects to be cut as schools make ever tougher budget decisions - but one Yorkshire school is determined to keep its award-winning brass band.High above Bradford, in the village of Queensbury, brass is in the blood.Black Dyke Band, one of the world's best known brass bands, was formed here by workers from a local mill 163 years ago and still has its
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Train tickets: Rail industry plans fares shake-up

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Britain's rail companies are to launch a public consultation aimed at making ticketing fairer and easier to use.The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents rail firms, said about 55 million different fares exist in the current system. A passenger group said reform was "overdue".The industry admits passengers are not currently always offered the cheapest fare available due to "long-standing anomalies" such as split ticketing.That means
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Birmingham ‘Super Prix’ will return in 2019

[ad_1] Motor racing will return to Birmingham's streets after an absence of nearly 30 years.Formula 3000 cars raced along a 2.6-mile city centre circuit between 1986 and 1990.But the Super Prix attracted noise and disruption complaints from people living in the city centre.West Midlands Metro Mayor Andy Street has announced plans to revive the event from next year. [ad_2] Source link
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Wet wipes could face wipe-out in plastic clean-up

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Wet wipes, used for sticky fingers and removing eye make-up, as well as on other parts of the anatomy, could themselves be wiped out over the next couple of decades.The government says its plan to eliminate plastic waste "includes single use products like wet wipes".The wipes contain non-biodegradable plastic.So manufacturers will either have to develop plastic-free wipes or consumers will have to go without.Wet wipes
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World Championship: Mark Williams beats John Higgins to win title

[ad_1] Williams clinches dramatic third world title Mark Williams won his third World Championship - 15 years after his last - by holding off John Higgins' stunning fightback in a classic Crucible final.Williams, 43, became the oldest winner since fellow Welshman Ray Reardon, who was 45 when he triumphed in 1978.He won seven frames on the trot to take a 14-7 lead but Scot Higgins, 42, came back magnificently to
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Wealdstone shooting: Boy, 13, was ‘innocent bystander’

[ad_1] Image copyright Jonathan Brady Image caption The 13-year-old boy was hit by pellets as he walked with his parents in Wealdstone A 13-year-old boy shot in north-west London was an innocent bystander, according to police.The teenager was one of five people shot in the capital within 24 hours.He was hit by shotgun pellets as he walked with his parents in Wealdstone High Street on Sunday.Police believe two others were
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Belfast: Man dies after collapsing at marathon

[ad_1] Image copyright Michael Cooper A man in his 50s has died after he collapsed during the Belfast marathon on Monday.It happened in the early stages of the event close to Victoria Park at about five miles into the race.The event's organisers said two ambulances were quickly at the scene to take the man to the Royal Victoria Hospital.It's understood it was the man's first marathon, although he was a
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Oxford shooting: Police and gunman in standoff

[ad_1] Image caption A police cordon is in place around the Oxford Castle area Armed police have exchanged fire with a gunman after a person was shot in Oxford city centre.Thames Valley Police said shots had been fired been from a property in Paradise Square and officers returned fire. Police are currently negotiating with a man. South Central Ambulance Service said one person was being treated for a non-life-threatening injury.A
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Prince Charles meets Nice terror attack victims’ families

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prince Charles laid flowers at the memorial to the July 2016 Nice terror attack The Prince of Wales has been meeting families of the victims of the Nice terror attack as part of a five-day tour of France and Greece.One man who attempted to stop the July 2016 attack said Prince Charles called him "remarkable and courageous".The prince, who is touring with Camilla, the