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Christmas tree throwing raises money for Help the Heroes

Visitors to a farm in Keele, Staffordshire got more than they bargained for today when they went to buy a Christmas tree and ended up throwing one instead!

The tree throwing event is the first competition of its kind in the UK and is in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.

Organisers say they'll crown the overall winner of the two-day event tomorrow.


How far could you throw a Christmas tree?

The first ever christmas tree throwing competition gets underway. Credit: ITV News Central
Visitors were invited to throw a 6-foot tree weighing about as much as ten bags of sugar. Credit: ITV News Central
Dad and son take it in turn to out throw each other's trees! Credit: ITV News Central

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Midlands Lottery winners celebrate 20 years of Lotto

Lottery winners from around the Midlands will meet up in Nottingham today to discuss how winning a fortune has changed their lives.

It is to celebrate 20 years of the National Lottery.

Alan and Kim Elliott, from Aspley, won £1m in 2012 Credit: PA

More than half of the £100m total windfall has been won in Nottingham itself - by the Bulls (£40m), the Westburys (£7.7m), Alan Rowley (£1.9m) and Alan and Kim Elliott (£1m).

The other winners are from Stoke, Northampton, Daventry, Black Country, Birmingham, Shropshire, Burton and Grantham.

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