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Birmingham Christmas market breaks visitor record

A record-breaking five and a half million people visited the Christmas markets in Birmingham last year.

Almost £400,000,000 was spent in the city over the festive period.

Night view of Victoria Square with Christmas trees and German market stalls Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

These record-breaking visitor numbers demonstrate the quality and wide appeal of Birmingham's Christmas Markets. Our extensive festive programme has drawn visitors from across the UK and Europe, all of whom have enjoyed the city's retail and events offer, as well as the famous Birmingham welcome.

The positive figures form an excellent base for 2015, which is set to be one of Birmingham's most exciting periods in over a decade.

– Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council

Rolls-Royce secures $130 million contract

Rolls-Royce has a base in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Rolls-Royce has secured a contract worth $130 million to provide Trent 1,000 engines to All Nippon Airways.

The firm, which has a base in Derby, has previously been selected by the airline for the engine which has now powered more than 80,000 Dreamliners.

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Party atmosphere in Dudley town centre

After last week's English Defence League protest, Dudley Council decided to open up the town centre today for an extra day of business.

A special fun day was held to encourage shoppers back to the centre by offering free parking and letting market stall holders trade free of charge.

Phil Brewster reports.

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Dudley businesses given a boost after EDL protest

Many shops decided to shut during the protest to protect their business. Credit: ITV News Central

Dudley Council is holding a 'Fun Sunday' event to boost trade to businesses who lost customers last weekend, due to the EDL march in the town centre.

As part of its 'Love Your Community' campaign, Dudley Council is encouraging businesses to open today to make up for the disruption.

To celebrate the day, which coincides with half-term, the Council is putting on free children's entertainment, removing car parking charges and offering the market stalls free of charge.

The day will run from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm.

English Defence League members protesting last weekend. Credit: ITV News Central

It’s a real kick in the teeth when people from outside come here and disrupt local businesses.

We want to do what we can to help traders re-coup their losses.

– Councillor Pete Lowe
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