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What would the cast of Spitting Image make of the Commonwealth Games bid?

In the 1980's Birmingham launched a bid to host the 1992 Olympic games - losing out to Barcelona. As the city pressed ahead with attempts to impress the judges, the cast of ITV's Spitting Image launched their own initiative to back the campaign. What would they make of the new attempts to bring one of the worlds greatest sporting events to the second city?

Do you want Birmingham to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games?

It could create thousands of jobs and generate millions of pounds in revenue for local businesses.

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To ensure we can win the bid we must all get behind it, that's the message according to Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward.



Where to get a plastic £5 note in the Midlands

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Britain's first plastic banknote, a five pound note featuring Sir Winston Churchill has started to enter circulation.

The Bank of England said the new notes are cleaner, safer and stronger than paper and will last around five years longer.

But you might have to wait to get your hands on one as initially they'll only be available from a number of places across the UK, including Birmingham.


  • From 9am at Lloyds, 36-38 New Street, B2 4EG
  • From 12pm at Natwest, Unit 24, Grand Central, Ground Floor, Stephenson Place, B2 4BF
  • From 3pm at HSBC, 130 New Street, B2 4JU
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