Market traders have been putting their finishing touches to their stalls ahead of the opening of Birmingham's German Christmas market.
The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market returns tomorrow, so we decided to take a look at what's on offer this year.
An extremely rare medieval parchment has been found by staff at Herefordshire County Council during a clean up of the authority's archive.
Peter Feldmann, Mayor of Frankfurt said it is "heartwarming" to see so many people return each year to the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market. Speaking about the market he said:
I am delighted to join Birmingham's Lord Mayor in opening Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market which has a truly authentic feel to it. It is really heartwarming that local people and indeed visitors from all over Britain enjoy the market and return each year to enjoy its sights and taste our traditional food.
Traders from across Europe will be putting the finishes touches to their market stalls today ahead of the opening of Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market.
Almost 200 stalls will open in the city centre tomorrow.
A war hero who was told she would not be able to conceive again after losing a leg and part of her pelvis while serving in Iraq is expecting her second child.
Corporal Hannah Campbell, from Northamptonshire, was serving with 19 Tank -Transporter Squadron in 2007 when an insurgent mortar hit the building she was guarding in Basra.
Doctors battled to save her shattered leg through 19 painful operations but in the end she needed a final operation to -remove it below the knee.
She was told by medics the chances of a brother or sister for her young daughter Milly were extremely slim.
But the 29-year-old has now been told she is pregnant with her second child, due in April.
Cpl Campbell told ITV Daybreak: "We're so excited now we just find ourselves looking at other people's babies and thinking I didn't have the chance to do all those nice things again."
Ever wondered how a concert hall is transformed into an ice rink? Nottingham's Capital FM Arena has released timelapse footage going 'behind the scenes', as they convert the multi-event arena from a music venue to an ice-stadium.
On Friday October 25, Jessie J performed in the arena in front of thousands of fans. But when the show finished, teams worked to transform the arena into an ice rink, for the Nottingham Panthers match against Dundee the following day.
Work went on through the night to uncover the ice, ready for the Elite Ice Hockey League game.
A man from Northamptonshire has beaten off competition to become the National Scrabble Champion 2013.
Paul Allan, a teacher from Rushden clinched the title on Sunday after a gruelling best-of-five showdown at the finals in London.
He sealed the win by playing "bandura" a Ukrainian lute, scoring 86 points. He finished with an overall score of 503. His competitor scored 389.
Other words played throughout the final included....
Kernite – a mineral – 100.
Mete – to measure – 34.
Exordial – to begin - 92.
Shrieval - relating to a sheriff - 97.
Valerate - a chemical salt - 36.
Coniines - a poisonous alkaloid found in poison hemlock - 98.
Paul said: “I am delighted to have won, especially given the fact that the final is played to a public audience of players who expect to be impressed!"
Paul was previously crowned champion in 2007 and has won a number of tournaments since starting to play Scrabble on a competitive level in 1993.
Father Raphael is a monk at Belmont Abbey just outside Hereford. When shown the medieval music found hidden in the County's archives, he explained that although it's been lost the melody and words have not.
An ancient manuscript dating back to a time before Henry the eighth dissolved the monasteries has been discovered.
It was found by council staff in Hereford who were sorting through thousands of boxes as they prepared to move to a new building. Chris Halpin reports