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Midlands Memories: an apple crop to celebrate !

The Christmas crops are in full force with mistletoe, brussels sprouts and trees among the most festive output.

But for our latest Midlands Memories lookback in the archives, we've found a report from the 1960's about the methods and teamwork needed to create a good apple crop.

Peter Brown reports from Herefordshire - and talks about the ancient custom of wassailing - click above for his full fun report !

Birmingham Dogs’ Home is using festive songs to soothe abandoned pooches

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Birmingham Dogs’ Home is using seasonal a favourite by Sir Cliff Richard to stop its pooches going ‘Christmas crackers.’

The four-legged friends are soothed by 1998 hit Mistletoe and Wine – and also love the Christmas classic Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

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The home, near Solihull, uses a state-of-the-art sound system to blast the tunes into the kennels for abandoned animals.

The dogs absolutely love the Christmas tunes and they have a real calming effect. We have noticed a considerable drop in the level of noise from dogs since the music system was installed. We’ve found that the music is useful for reducing dog anxiety and muffles background sounds that might otherwise upset them.”

– Areika Bickerton, Manager

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