News Round Up #355

THE BBC puts the spotlight on 81 year old Mavis Paterson, from Glenluce in Scotland, who at 81 has become the oldest woman to cycle the 960 miles (1,540km) from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

She took up the challenge in memory of her three children who all died within four years of one another.

Mavis has raised more than £60,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity she has been supporting since her mother and sister died from the disease.

Son Sandy died of a heart attack in 2012, daughter Katie after suffering viral pneumonia in 2013, and son Bob in an accident in 2016. All of them were in their 40s.

“I always set myself a goal and a challenge and it takes my mind off the grief that I suffer with losing my children,” commented Mavis who added: “The whole journey was very difficult for me. It was hard, but I’ve got his fire in my belly, and I keep pressing on.”

She now plans to go into hospital for hip and knee replacements!

The popular Lancashire resort of Blackpool is to get its first museum after winning a £4m lottery grant, says The Guardian.

It will tell the story of Britain’s first mass seaside resort and its place in the history of popular culture.

Show Town: The Museum of Fun and Entertainment is scheduled to open in March 2021, and will be situated on the promenade, near Blackpool Tower.

Council leader Simon Blackburn said: “Blackpool has always been somewhere you can have a holiday on a small budget but everything we have been doing over the past eight years since I became leader is about broadening that offer, building new hotels and improving our cultural offer.

“I think there is a very dangerous and class-bound assumption that we are building hotel rooms and cultural attractions for a different kind of person. I’m working class in my bones and I don’t like the idea that it’s only middle class people who want to go to a museum or stay in a nice hotel.”

The venue will house over 100,000 items of the town’s collections, featuring Britain’s first permanent displays of circus, music, variety and ballroom dance and also include items include those belonging to some of the biggest names in British entertainment, such as Stan Laurel’s hat and suits belonging to comedians Morecambe and Wise.

The Independent salutes one year old tabby cat Chi, from Brighton in Sussex, who apparently

survived life-threatening injuries after it was taken on a 40-mile journey after hiding under the bonnet of a neighbour’s car.

Chi was given emergency care by vets after it was found trapped in the engine compartment.

Owner Kaylie Banks said: “One of my neighbours then approached me to say he had found Chi trapped under the bonnet of his car.

“He was driving home when he heard noises coming from the engine. Luckily, he stopped the car and after close inspection he saw little Chi lodged inside. She was very stressed and he had to take the grill off the front of the car to get her out.”

According to a report by the BBC, Prince Harry and Meghan’s home was renovated with £2.4m of taxpayers’ money.

The 19th century Frogmore Cottage in Windsor was turned into a single property for the couple from five separate homes.

Defective wooden ceiling beams and floor joists were replaced and inefficient heating systems updated. The house also required extensive rewiring – including an electrical sub-station – and the installation of gas and water mains.

It sits in the grounds of royal residence Frogmore House, where Harry and Meghan held their wedding reception.

The property was given to them by the Queen and the renovation paid for out of the Sovereign Grant.

Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said: “The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate.”

The Guardian focuses on research by the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission which found that members of Britain’s elite, who hold the top jobs in politics, the judiciary, media and business, are five times more likely to have been to private school than the general population.

The paper says that a tiny elite of privately educated people, many of whom went to Oxbridge, continue to dominate high-ranking jobs, where 39 per cent had an independent education, compared with seven per cent of the general population.

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