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Six months away but which Christmas toys are going to be big this year?

It's just six months exactly or 183 days until Christmas Day. Credit: ITV News

Not wanting to wish away the summer but it's just six months exactly or 183 days until Christmas Day and High Street stores are already looking at what will be big this festive period.

None more so than toy shops which do most of their trade over the winter months.

From a new look Tracey Island from Thunderbirds to yet more Disney Frozen toys, Christmas lists are already being written.

So which toys are expected to dominate the market this year?

Click below to find out by watching a report by David Wood


Royal Mail to open temporary Christmas parcel centres in Milton Keynes and Peterborough

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Royal Mail is opening 10 temporary centres to deal with the increase in parcel deliveries in the busy run-up to Christmas.

Around 4,000 seasonal workers will be based in the sites at Bathgate in West Lothian, Leeds, Middleton in Greater Manchester, Wolverhampton, Llantrisant in South Wales, Swindon, Greenford, Peterborough and Milton Keynes.

Bikers dressed as Santa bring Christmas cheer to hospital kids

Hundreds of motorcyclists have taken part in a toy run in Cambridgeshire delivering presents to sick children at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

They rode from Anglesey Abbey into Cambridge with a police escort, to give gifts to youngsters who will have to stay in the hospital over Christmas.

Organiser Peter Vasey said: "Bikers enjoy doing this kind of thing - you'll find bike runs all over the country for various different hospitals at Easter and Christmas. I hadn't been able to find one since I moved here and this year I thought if there isn't one on, I'll give it a go."

The visit had been organised with the help of the Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust and each rider brought a gift for a sick child.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Another busy shopping day this Christmas Eve

Shoppers hit the high street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

With just a few hours of valuable shopping time left for those last minute Christmas presents, the region's retailers are expecting another busy day.

Many of the big high street chains have already launched sales in a bid to tempt more shoppers.

The Grafton Centre in Cambridge says footfall is up on this time last year.

Dean of Ely's Christmas message

The Dean of Ely says people should remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The Very Reverend Mark Bonney said: "Around most of our Christmas trees there will be lots of presents which we're looking forward to opening - gifts given to us."

"But the biggest gift of all is the presence of God not the presents of God. The very presence of God himself amongst us always in the joys and sorrows of life."

Click below to hear the choir of Ely Cathedral singing "Away in a Manger"

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