Tipperary piano has come a long way

A piano used to compose one of the most famous songs of the First World War has been saved from bushes outside a pub. Marching anthem ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ helped bolster morale among troops and many believe it was first penned in the Plough Inn – since renamed the Tipperary – between…

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Parents counting cost after nursery goes into liquidation

Angry parents say they have been left out of pocket after two day-nurseries closed after going into liquidation. Branches of WittsEnd Day Nursery in Warwick Road, Solihull, and The Courtyard, Barston, were shut down after being wound up at the High Court last Wednesday. And parents were left without child care for a second time…

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WMG Academy for Young Engineers to open in Solihull

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that Solihull’s WMG Academy for Young Engineers is one of the latest University Technical Colleges to be approved under the government’s academies programme. Sponsored by the University of Warwick and leading employers, and backed by Solihull Council and a range of local partners, the new school will provide up to…

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Grieving Solihull husband has 51 roses stolen from wife’s grave – the day after her funeral

A grieving widower has spoken of his anger after a heartless thief stole the 51 roses he had left for his beloved late wife – just a day after her funeral. Maurice Powell, 75, had bought a rose for every year of marriage to sweetheart Sandra who passed away from cancer, aged 70, on 30th…

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Shoppers stunned as Solihull MP Lorely Burt and election rival clash in Morrisons supermarket

Solihull shoppers were stunned as the town’s MP Lorely Burt clashed with her election rival in a branch of Morrisons. Liberal Democrat Ms Burt crossed swords with Conservative Julian Knight after he dubbed himself a “shadow MP” during an advice surgery at the store in her Solihull constituency. Mr Knight demanded an apology after accusing…

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Solihull schoolteacher given life ban after punching students and pulling their hair

A Solihull schoolteacher has been banned from the classroom for life after punching, jabbing and pulling the hair of students. Jason McDermott, 45, was found guilty of misconduct after a disciplinary panel heard he had a history of “recurring violence against pupils” at CTC Kingshurst Academy in Solihull. The former soldier was said to have…

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MP calls for end to Birmingham Airport flight path trials

Conservative MP Caroline Spelman has called for the transport secretary to stop flight path trials being carried out from Birmingham Airport. The airport began a six-month trial for two potential new flight paths in May, as part of a runway extension. But some residents claim noise levels have increased and have organised a petition calling…

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Shirley partners sign ‘PowerGen’ agreement to develop masterplan

Solihull Council, Shirley Advance and ASDA have signed an initial undertaking to work together to bring forward a masterplan for the redevelopment of the former ‘PowerGen’ site at the junction of Stratford Road and Haslucks Green Road in Shirley. Having now successfully delivered the £85m Parkgate development in Shirley Town Centre, Shirley Advance will take…

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Death of SAS hopeful was ‘avoidable’ says coroner

A royal Marine’s death was “clearly avoidable” after he fell 100 feet into a gorge while taking part in an SAS selection exercise in Snowdonia, a coroner said. Ashley Hicks, from Solihull, slipped into a gorge as he and five other soldiers were heading towards a rendezvous point near Trawsfynydd pursued by other soldiers in…

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Double-crewed ambulances are back

West Midlands Ambulance Service and Heart of England Foundation Trust have agreed costs to base Double-Crewed Ambulances in Solihull Hospital. After several months of negotiations the Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service wrote to local MP Lorely Burt to confirm that a financial agreement had been reached at a ‘revised cost’. Bosses expect work…

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