Birmingham has beaten the well-heeled London borough of Kensington into second place to take the title of champagne capital of Britain, it emerged today.
More bottles of bubbly were bought in the city than anywhere else in the country last year, with sales among Brummies up 28%, supermarket giant Tesco revealed.
Mark Murphy, director of Tesco Wines, said: "Birmingham's canal system at Brindleyplace has also been transformed and the city also has a world-class Symphony Hall.
"All this has helped create a new air of optimism and forward thinking that is reflected in Birmingham folk's new-found taste for champagne."
A customer from Warwickshire who touched a dancer in Stringfellows nightclub died after being punched by a bouncer, the Old Bailey was told today.
George MacDonald, 34, smashed his head on the pavement after being punched by amateur boxer Marcus Marriott, it was alleged.
Marriott, 33, of Chingford, east London, denies alternatives charges of murder and manslaughter in October, last year. The trial was adjourned until tomorrow.
West Midland families on low incomes could be let off millions of pounds they owe to the Treasury because of benefit overpayments.
An official inquiry into the chaotic tax credit scheme has called on the Government to consider writing off the debts.
In Birmingham alone, 33,000 residents were paid #38 million more than they should have been.
The Ombudsman, Ann Abraham, said: "The cases I have investigated are striking in the sheer range and extent of the processing errors affecting tax credit claims during the first two years, leading to overpayments for which customers were not responsible, but which they had to repay."
Read more on these stories in Wednesday's Birmingham Post