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Friday, 04 April 2014

The Daily: April 4

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Written by Kate Lismore
Traditional British names such as Gertrude and Cecil are under threat of extinction
A recent analysis of birth records and research undertaken by Ancestry.co.uk has found that a number of once popular British names are under threat. Names such as Horace, Norman, Ethel and Marion have declined in popularity. Whereas some more traditional names have thrived, often due to parents shortening them such as Alfie, replacing Alfred and Ellie, replacing Eleanor. It is thought that boys names are less in danger as names still pass from father to son whereas girls are more likely to take the middle names of their family members.

National Portrait Gallery will stage first Virginia Woolf exhibition
Exploring the writer's life through portraits, the gallery will unveil 100 works including paintings, photographs and archive material. Frances Spalding, who wrote 'Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision', will be a guest curator and will explore Woolf as a novelist and public figure. Woolf is also set to be inspiration for a new ballet based on three of her novels, performed by the Royal Ballet. A keen diarist and a prolific novelist, Virginia Woolf's life will be on exhibition from July.

Dawlish railway line reopens after being wrecked by winter storms
Two months after the main railway line between Dawlish and Devon was flooded and partially destroyed, the line ran its first services this morning. The line was given top priority by the Network Rail team and rebuilt the line at the cost of £35 million. The route, which is a vital link for businesses and commuters had essential repairs such as rebuilding and fortifying 25,000 tonnes of collapsed cliff and breached sea wall at Teignmouth.

Hundreds come together to commemorate World War Veteran who died with no surviving relatives
WWII veteran John Campbell passed away aged 92 with no surviving relatives to wish him well. Around 500 member of the public, including servicemen, arrived at Whitely Bay, North Tyneside, to pay their respects. Mr Campbell was awarded a Military Cross for his services during the war and was injured when fighting the Japanese, losing an eye. The gathering was organised after an appeal by the Royal British Legion and there was an overwhelming response to ensure that his passing was acknowledged and celebrated by the community.

Priceless tapestry depicting the Duke of Marlborough's victory over France to be restored.
The 15ft tall tapestries hang in Blenheim Palace, and celebrate the victory of Winston Churchill's ancestor defeating the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. The restoration is expected to cost £60,000 and will be the first major restoration of the tapestry in 300 years. A team in Brussels has been commissioned to undertake the mammoth task of cleaning and restoring the tapestries in order to preserve them for future generations. The series of tapestries, known collectively as The Victories of the Duke of Marlborough, celebrates what is considered at the time to be one of the greatest successes in British military history.


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