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Early Christmas pay packet does finances more harm than good, says survey

Many people will be paid on Friday to help with the Christmas shopping Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Many people will be paid early this Friday as employers do their bit to help with the cost of Christmas.

But a survey by Experian has found that three quarters of people in the West Midlands say the gesture does their finances more harm than good - in the East Midlands, that figure rises to 83 per cent.

Around a third of people in the East Midlands and half of people in the West Midlands say the early pay packet makes it harder for them to pay their bills in January.

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Christmas Ball in memory of cancer boy Ethan

A Lincolnshire-based children's charity is hosting a festive event this evening in memory of a young boy who lost his battle to cancer earlier this year.

Ethan Maul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Ethan Maull 'Up Yours To Cancer' Foundation will stage its annual Black and White Christmas Ball tonight at Jocasta's in Lincoln.

The charity ball is in memory of ten-year-old Ethan, who passed away on 5th May 2014 after losing his battle against cancer.

Ethan and his family, who live in Torksey near Lincoln, set up the foundation in 2013 to help raise awareness of osteosarcoma after he was diagnosed with the rare form of children's bone cancer in December 2012.

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Lincoln gears up for 32nd Xmas Market

The oldest traditional Christmas market in the UK gets underway this lunchtime.

Lincoln Christmas Market Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lincoln Christmas Market is expected to attract more than a quarter of a million visitors over the next four days.

And with more than two hundred stalls nestled in and around the city's magnificent cathedral and castle there's plenty to get them in the festive spirit.

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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.

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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