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LOYAL bmibaby staff are ‘devastated’ after the ten year-old airline, based at Birmingham and East Midlands airports, had its final flight last week.

Around 450 employees were made redundant after bmibaby’s new owner, International Airlines Group (IAG), shut the budget airline on September 10.

Former cancer patient from Solihull turns torch bearer

TORCH bearer Lorraine Ashford has carried the Olympic flame as it passed through Cardiff, in recognition of her years of volunteer work.

A MONKSPATH air hostess who ran with Usain Bolt and raised tens of thousands in memory of her brother will be an Olympic torch bearer.

Michelle Oakes, aged 29, has climbed the Atlas Mountains in Africa, completed the Jamaican walkathon alongside Bolt and organised four charity balls in Solihull and London to raise money for charity.

Lorraine set to take on an Olympic role

BOROUGH woman Lorraine Ashford has been chosen as an Olympic torchbearer by her employer British Airways.

Student’s art hit with ban

AN art student at Solihull College has been barred from exhibiting her work at an end of course show.

Wrong question

I LOOKED at the planning documents for the Waitrose development in Knowle.

Skydive girls take plunge for Hayley

Six Solihull girls are Sky Diving for charity in memory of their friend Hayley Birch who succumbed to skin cancer aged 25 last September.

No to Waitrose

I WISH to express my opposition to the present Waitrose supermarket proposals for Knowle village centre

Bees cheer

WELL done, Bees! And well done Russell Earnshaw. You have been an inspiration in keeping the Bees alive and buzzing.

Artist boxes clever

THE humble cardboard box is the inspiration for a new exhibition in Solihull

Jeanna set to rock in her acting debut

JEANNA de Waal, a Solihull resident will be ‘doing the fandango’ as she joins the cast of ‘We Will Rock You’ at the Dominium Theatre in the West End, on a one-year contract.

Birmingham Airport chief Paul Kehoe says runway plan will get go-ahead

THE chief executive of Birmingham International Airport is confident the proposed runway extension will be given the green light as early as the end of this month.

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