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Timings of the Winston Churchill commemorations

The coffin of Sir Winston Churchill on Havengore at Tower Pier on 30 January, 1965 Credit: PA

The ship that carried Sir Winston Churchill to his final resting place 50 years ago will return to the Thames today to recreate the journey.

  • 9am: A remembrance service and wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Houses of Parliament
  • 12:45pm: Tower Bridge will be raised and Havengore will retrace Churchill's final journey with members of his family on board. The ship will sail upriver with an escort of boats from Trinity House, the Port of London Authority, the River Police and the RNLI
  • 1:15pm: Havengore reaches the Houses of Parliament where a short service will take place on board and a wreath will be layed in the waters opposite the Palace of Westminster
  • 6pm: Westminster Abbey will hold a ceremony and flowers will be laid on its green-marble memorial stone that was unveiled by the Queen in his honour

John Kerry fined for failing to clear snow from pavement

John Kerry Credit: PA Wire

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been fined for failing to clear the snow from the pavement in front of his home in Boston.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has vowed to crack down on residents and businesses who fail to clear snow from their premises.

Despite being in Saudi Arabia attending the funeral of King Abdullah, Kerry was handed a $50 (£33) fine for failing to clear the snow from around his mansion in Beacon Hill.

A spokesman told the Boston Globe newspaper that Kerry would promptly pay the fine.

Wintry showers confined to high ground by lunchtime

The wintry showers we'll see this morning will become more confined to the high ground by lunchtime. There will be further heavy showers across Northern Ireland and the north of Scotland, falling as sleet and snow.

Wintry showers confined to high ground by lunchtime. Credit: Met Office

A few lighter showers will linger to the southwest and central England and they will mainly fall as rain here, with sleet at times, and there will be some bright spells for most today, especially to the northeast. Temperatures will reach 7 degree Celsius (45 F) but it'll feel very cold in the wind.

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