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Retailers prepared for last-minute rush before Christmas

Shoppers are likely to be out in force on our high streets today. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

There are just two shopping days before Christmas and the region's retailers are expecting it to be a busy time.

Many of the big high street chains have launched sales in a bid to draw in those last-minute shoppers.

The Grafton Centre in Cambridge says footfall is up on last Christmas.

Over 50,000 passengers to use Stansted Airport today as Christmas getaway begins

Thousands of passengers will head out of Stansted today. Credit: PA

Passengers have been flocking in their droves to the region's airports as many start the great Christmas getaway.

Anita Harrison. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted Airport in Essex are expecting over 50,000 people to use the terminal today.

Head of Terminal, Anita Harrison, says that it's an incredibly busy period.

"Over the course of this week, we've got three quarters of a million passengers travelling out, and today we're got just under 60,000 movements in and out of the terminal.

"Obviously, it's quite a busy day for us. A real kick off to the Christmas period."


Region braced for a busy day of travel as the great Christmas getaway gets underway

The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today. Credit: PA

The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today for the start of the Christmas getaway.

Around 350,000 passengers will be flying out of Stansted over the Christmas period. Credit: PA

Figures show more than 350,000 will be flying out of Stansted Airport in Essex over the Christmas period, and 175,000 from Luton.

The busiest time on the roads will be from midday.


Anglia's Christmas past

To get you in the mood here are a couple of Christmas reports from the Anglia Archives.

The first is from 2009 when Becky and Jonathan visited Dunston Hall Hotel complete with Turkey, games and a choir!

The second is from 2011 when Jonathan visited Michelin star chef Galton Blackiston at his Morston Hall Hotel and got some top tips for the perfect Christmas lunch.

Latest on the flooding in the Anglia region

Flood Warnings are indicated by a red marker and Flood Alerts by an orange marker Credit: Environment Agency

More rain is expected on the final day of 2012 - a year which has been confirmed as the wettest ever in East Anglia.

There are still 3 Flood Warnings and 10 Flood Alerts in places across the Anglia region after a festive season dominated by heavy rain.

For the latest flooding information check the Environment Agency website.

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