News Round Up

The Daily Express salutes Snipe, a 16 month old cocker spaniel dog which has become the first in the country trained to detect water leaks.

Snipe underwent weeks of training by ex-military personnel to detect problems by sniffing out tiny amounts of chlorine in tap water and has now been recruited by United Utilities which supplies around three million homes in the North-west.

Owner Ross Stephenson said: “All I did was start off with normal tap water, and then put in extra chlorine levels to make it stronger.

“We would have eight glass pots. One of them would have the chlorine in and every time the dog sniffed that pot he would get rewarded with a tennis ball.”

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's Labour Party, is among those campaigning for pardons for women who were jailed while fighting for the right to vote.

The BBC also says that Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has joined with the Fawcett Society campaign group and relatives of the suffragettes in calling for convictions to be overturned.

It comes on the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote in the UK.

London's V&A Museum is to feature a diamond and pearl tiara which was saved from the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, reports The Guardian.

It will be one of the star objects in the first major exhibition on the classic age of the great ocean liners.

The tiara was commissioned from Cartier in 1909 by the Canadian banker and shipping magnate Sir Hugh Allan, as a gift for his wife Marguerite who was a passenger on the Lusitania, which was torpedoed by a German U-boat within sight of the Irish coast on its journey from New York to Liverpool.

Although she was rescued, both her daughters were among the 1,198 casualties (the body of one daughter was never found).

The exhibition will include posters, film, furnishings, parts of original ship fittings – including some ornate carving from the Titanic – and glamorous clothing worn by wealthy passengers on voyages.

SIXTY two year old Val Marks is very attached to her gas cooker.

The Daily Express explains that Val, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, owns one of Britain's oldest gas cookers ...because it is the last surviving memento of her late mother Grace.

Val took possession of the New World 42 appliance when Grace died in 1999 aged 79, and has since cooked more than 20,000 meals with it.

Grace apparently bought it for £38 in 1959 and Val commented: “It’s the only thing I’ve got left of my mum’s belongings.

“People say I should get a new one but I say ‘No, it’s my memories of my mum’. It was my mum’s pride and joy; she was always cleaning it.”

THE Daily Mail shines the spotlight on great-grandmother Barbara Peters, from Halifax in Yorkshire, who on her 80th birthday has become the country's oldest ballet dancer, having passed a top exam at the Royal Academy of Dance in London.

She told the paper that she had just received a text from the Academy - “It told me I had passed with merit the grade seven exam, and have become the country’s oldest ballet dancer. I am thrilled.”

Barbara took the 55-minute practical test last month, 58 years after her last ballet exam.

“Ballet has kept me fit and raising my leg a metre high to place my foot on the barre was easy. I also held my leg straight out front and side on at a 90 degree angle for a few seconds.”

She added: “I can only do two pirouettes on the trot now but still do cartwheels, though I haven’t done the splits for the past 10 years.”