A ROYAL concert starring the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, was held at Buckingham Palace last week. It is believed to be the first time the world famous orchestra has performed at the royal household for around 50 years. Hosted by the BSO’s patron, Princess Alexandra, the event on Monday, February 12, was a special celebration of four organisations and their work for those living with dementia. Dougie Scarfe, chief executive officer of the BSO, said: “It was an honour for the BSO to perform at Buckingham Palace for our royal patron Princess Alexandra. “This concert celebrated music’s ability to unite people and enrich lives, especially those living with dementia. “We were delighted to work alongside Alzheimer’s Society, Wigmore Hall and the London Philharmonic Choir for this memorable concert. I am extremely proud of the BSO, the work we do and what we stand for.” The Princess met representatives of each of the four organisations … [Read more...] about BSO performs at Buckingham Palace for the first time in 50 years
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A 37-year-old Wyoming man entered no contest and guilty pleas after being charged with murdering and dismembering two of his childhood friends. Michael Montano pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree murder and pleaded guilty to two counts of mutilation of dead bodies on Monday (22 January), just a week before he was schedule to stand trial. Pleading no contest means Montano neither disputes nor admits to committing murder. It will be treated the same as a guilty plea. Montano was arrested in October 2016 after the bodies of Phillip Brewer, 33, and Jody Fortuna, 38, were discovered in the back of Montano's truck and in a storage locker. He was set to begin trial on Monday (29 January) in District Court in Gillette. According to the Gillette News Record, Montano changed his plea because prosecutors learned of new evidence. Information released in court documents Monday revealed Montano told another inmate "this won't be the first time that I have killed my friends" while … [Read more...] about Man murdered and dismembered two of his childhood friends, telling inmate ‘This is not the first time’
Meet the first child born at a hospital following the reopening of its special care baby unit. Lucas, weighing 8lb 15oz, entered the world on Monday morning at South Tyneside District Hospital. He is pictured with proud parents Jodie Pearce, 26, a customer services worker and partner Jonny Thomas, a stevedore, who already have an 18-month son called Layton. Miss Pearce, of South Shields said: “It was brilliant: I couldn’t fault a thing and the staff were amazing. "Lucas was 11 days overdue but I’m glad he held on until today otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to have him here where I had such a good experience having Layton.” Delivery services were shut down on December 4 after the closure of the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) service on November 30. The hospital said the decision was due to acute staffing pressures within the unit.But, as we reported earlier on Monday, the difficulties have been resolved for the next three months with work ongoing to … [Read more...] about Meet the first child born at South Shields hospital after its baby unit reopens
WITH 2018 now in full swing and the country back to work after the Christmas break – the question on everyone’s lips is when is their next bonus day off.So if you’re planning a weekend away, or just looking forward to any lie-in you can get, here’s a lowdown on Ireland’s bank holidays for 2018.What is a bank holiday?A bank holiday is a public holiday in Ireland when most people are given an extra day off work.It was UK law which first tabled the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 and said its aim was to ease pressure on workers by giving them an extra four days off.Irish MP James O’Mara initiated that St Patrick’s Day become a bank holiday in 1903 under the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903.At that point, those days were Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, Whit Monday (June Holiday) and St Stephen’s Day.Over the years more have been added, and now Ireland has a total of nine bank holidays – including Christmas Day, St Patrick’s … [Read more...] about When is the first public holiday in Ireland in 2018 and how many more are there this year, is Good Friday a bank holiday and who gets bank holidays off?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 January 2018 Sarah Robinson Archaeologist Cat Lodge, Michael Gorely and Alessandra Perrone from Historic England, Alessandra and William Fraher and John Martel from Worlebury Hill Fort Group with some of the grain pit cleared by volunteers last spring. Archant Some of the important work needed to preserve an Iron Age hill fort in Weston is being carried out by volunteers this winter. The fort, in Worlebury Woods, suffered from vandalism and was classified as being ‘at risk’ by Historic England at the end of 2016. North Somerset Council has received a £10,000 grant to pay for surveys at the site to see what work needs to be done to preserve it. The volunteers of Worlebury Hill Fort Group have started to introduce limestone grassland to the area known as the glade. MORE: Funding bid to help preserve ‘internationally important’ Worlebury hill fort after vandalism . Chairman William Fraher said: “Our group has become … [Read more...] about Hill fort brambles to be removed to reveal archaeology for the first time since 1824