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Calder Valley celebrates 'Alternative Christmas'

Six months on from the Boxing Day floods which devastated the Calder Valley, residents and business have been celebrating an 'Alternative Christmas' today.

Hebden Bridge celebrate Christmas in June Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The rains which started on Christmas Day saw festivities ruined for many people in both Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - with hundreds of homes and business left under up to six feet of water.

The town council organised a day of Christmas festivities, with shops encouraged to get out the tinsel and baubles and decorate their businesses - to make up for the soggy Christmas they lost.

Hebden Bridge junior band kicked off the celebrations Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge Junior Band kicked off celebrations by playing carols around a Christmas tree in the town's St George's Square at 11 am. They were also playing at Mytholmroyd Gala, which started at 12.15 pm, and accompanied there by a choir from Burnley Road Primary School, whose pupils have still not been able to return to their flooded classrooms and continue to be taught elsewhere.

There will be all the fun of the gala in Mytholmroyd, and street entertainment in Hebden Bridge throughout the day.

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EU vote 'won't affect' current investment by Siemens in Hull – but may impact long term plans

Siemens has created 1,000 jobs by ploughing 400 million euros into a wind turbine blade factory on the banks of the River Humber in Hull. The company said the vote to leave the EU would not impact on current investment plans, but UK chief executive Juergen Maier said longer term expansion plans may be affected.

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The AA: Petrol prices could rise within days

Experts have warned petrol prices could rise soon. Credit: Reuters

Petrol and diesel prices could rise within days due to the plunge in the value of the pound, according to experts.

Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, said a rise of 2.5p per litre would be expected if the US dollar continues to trade at around 1.35 to the pound.

"I would think certainly by early to middle of next week we'll see prices moving upwards", he added.

In a statement issued on Friday, the AA also predicted an increase in prices: "Assuming that current market conditions persist over the next 10-14 days, the price of petrol at some fuel stations might be expected to rise by 2.25p a litre or £1.25 a tank."

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Corbyn rejects resignation call and questions its timing

Jeremy Corbyn has rejected calls for his resignation as he questioned the timing of the vote of no confidence submitted by Dame Margaret Hodge.

The Labour leader said the intervention was inappropriate due to "massive political issues" which need to be dealt with following the Brexit result.

Jeremy Corbyn has faced criticism from within his party colleagues at Westminster for his role in the remain campaign. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Corbyn confirmed his intention to deal with the aftermath of Britain's exit as party leader.

I'm carrying on. I'm making the case for unity, I'm making the case of what Labour can offer to Britain, of decent housing for people, of good secure jobs for people, of trade with Europe and of course with other parts of the world. Because if we don't get the trade issue right we've got a real problem in this country.

– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

EU exit: What happens next

The news of our exit from the EU has been greeted with a mixed reaction across our region - with grim warnings from the financial sector of the impact the decision will have on our living standards.

Others though say that once the political upheaval is over - we'll be much better off. Katie Oscroft has been looking at what happens next.

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