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Birmingham once again plays host to the UK’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) festival this bank holiday weekend (May 23 and 24). Now in its 19th successive year, the theme of this year’s Birmingham Pride will be ‘#FREEDOM – Together United’, inspired by the 2014 film ‘Pride’, which tells the story of how gay activists supported miners who went on strike in 1984.

The average parent will spend an extra £166 in an attempt to entertain their children during half term according to a new study. 63 per cent will fork out the money for extra food, while 26 per cent will feel pressured to pay for their children to take part in expensive activities such as holiday camps or childcare.

Following the success of the recent Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Annual Dinner and Awards which raised £8,171 for Cure Leukaemia, Chamber President Greg Lowson is in training to cycle ‘London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution’ to raise even more funds for the charity he has chosen to support during his year in office.

Free fun family events from story-telling to Xbox gaming are lined up this half-term at Sandwell’s libraries. Libraries across the borough will be showing films, staging PS4 gaming sessions as well as running craft and story-telling sessions.

Fiona Reid, a mother of two from Aston in Birmingham was killed in a horrific fireball while on holiday in Jamaica when the car she was in hit a truck head on. Her devastated father Kevin has revealed that because of a lack of Holiday Insurance, he now faces costs that will cripple him in order to bring her body back to her hometown.


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Lifetime Achievement Award

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Best Place of Worship 2015

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Charity of the Year 2015

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Community Outreach/Volunteer Award 2015

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Special Achievement Award 2015

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Business & Enterprise Award 2015

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Sports Achiever 2015

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A growing number of time-pressed Britons say they can no longer find the time to start every day with a proper breakfast. As a result, many have revealed that going hungry leaves them tired, moody and affects the quality of their work, according to a nationwide survey by leading oat producer, Flahavan’s.