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Belper wins high street competition

Belper wins high street competition Credit: ITV News Central

Belper has been announced as the champion of the High Streets beating off competition from around the country. There were 135 entries from acrosss the UK. Entrants had to reveal new and inventive ways to boost high streets.

The national competition, launched by the Future High Street Forum, celebrates the achievements of local people in making their high streets great places to live, work and shop.

Belper, and the rest of the winners, were selected across a range of categories for their ability to innovate, collaborate and adapt to changing consumer habits.

They will receive a share of prize money and support from a fund worth £50,000 as well as dedicated support and mentoring from industry experts.

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Pictures: The Queen at JLR in Wolverhampton

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are given a tour of the factory by chief executive Dr Ralf Speth (left) and chief designer Gerry McGovern (right) at the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Edinburgh is shown engine parts Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II signs the visitor book alongside The Duke of Edinburgh and Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Dr Ralf Speth after officially opening the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

JLR 'extremely proud' to welcome the Queen

A new Jaguar plant will be officially opened by the Queen today. It is expected to create 1,400 jobs in Wolverhampton.

A stock photo of the Queen in a Jaguar Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"Jaguar Land Rover is extremely proud to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the all-new Engine Manufacturing Centre. The company holds the Royal Warrant as “Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles, By Appointment” from all three current grantors: HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.

Jaguar Land Rover is the only automotive manufacturer granted all three Royal Warrants. For nearly 900 years the Royal Warrant has been one of the proudest acknowledgements of quality around the world. It is granted to represent not only simple excellence of product or service, but also the personal preferences of the Royal grantors. A fleet of 10 Land Rovers, each bearing the Royal Crest and the Royal Standard, was used when HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh undertook their 44,000-mile tour of the Commonwealth in 1953/54, soon after the Coronation.

Since then HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family have regularly used a wide variety of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles."

– Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover
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Queen to open new Jaguar plant in Wolverhampton

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A new Jaguar plant will be officially opened by the Queen later this morning and is expected to create 1400 jobs in Wolverhampton.

The £500 million engine manufacturing centre will cover three counties - Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire, and Staffordshire.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said the plant opening was a "seminal" moment in their history, as it was the first time they had built engines in house "in a generation".

JLR is known to have strong links with the monarchy - both Jaguar and Land Rover have held Royal Warrants since 1951. A Royal Warrant is awarded when a manufacturer has counted the royal family as customers for at least five years.

Last month JLR sponsored the Invictus Games, the sports event for sick and injured service personnel championed by Prince Harry.

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In Pictures: Pipers & drummers start a poppy appeal flash mob

Pipers and drummers took part in a shopping centre flash mob. Credit: ITV News Central
Shoppers were thrilled to stand and listen to the musicians. Credit: ITV News Central
Sixth form students from Littleover Community School read poems. Credit: ITV News Central
The flash mob was al in aid of the annual poppy appeal. Credit: ITV News Central

Top tips: How to make the biggest energy savings

Turn off to save money Credit: PA Pictures

According to the Energy Saving Trust here in the Midlands we could make big savings on our energy bills. Here's their tips on how

Standby Savers - There here are a number of products available to help cut down your standby electricity consumption, such as standby savers that allow you to easily turn all of your appliances off from standby without having to reach for the plug.

Televisions and games consoles are now among the primary sources of our everyday entertainment, yet when left on permanent standby they are costing us £45-80 a year. Check your appliances regularly and switch your supplier to take control of your bills.

Cold appliances - Is your fridge-freezer 15 years or older? If it is, then the chances are that it could be using more electricity than required. As fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it could be worth finding models that are more energy efficient and will save you money on electricity bills. Tenants can ask their landlord to buy a newer model if the current one is faulty or not performing efficiently. If it's not possible to replace the model, then the following tips and advice can help save money on refrigeration:

o Make sure the back of your fridge-freezer is ventilated and dust free - dusting should be done at least once a year to keep it running efficiently;

o Make sure the fridge-freezer is out of direct sunlight from outside or other sources of heat from inside the home, such as your oven or boiler;

o Make sure the door seal is not damaged

o Check that it is cycling on and off as it should - ideally you should only be able to hear your fridge or freezer running 30-40% of the time; and

o Don't keep the fridge-freezer doors open longer than necessary.

Lighting - Lighting is a vital aspect of any home, especially during the darker winter evenings. Lighting makes up 16 per cent of household electricity consumption. By turning off the lights when they're not needed you could save around £7 a year. If households want to go further, replacing all the remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs and all the halogens with LEDs could typically save around £45 a year.

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