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  1. Tejinder Kaur

Ferris wheel in Leicester as the city celebrates Diwali and Christmas

Around three weeks to go until thousands of fireworks light up the East Midlands' night sky for Diwali. Leicester is already home to some of the biggest celebrations outside of India and the city's newest attraction for the big party is now in place.

This 110-foot Leicester Wheel of Light is now on Belgrave Road ahead of thousands of Diwali well-wishers coming to the area. Diwali itself is on the November 11, with an annual lights switch-on event on November 1.

The wheel will stay in Leicester for Christmas celebrations too.

Read: Guide to this year's Diwali celebrations in Leicester


  1. Chris Halpin

Midlands Sikh society prepares aid for Calais migrants

A Midlands-based Sikh organisation is preparing to take aid to migrants living in makeshift camps in Calais

While attention has turned in recent weeks to the flow of people entering the EU through Hungary, there are still thousands of people sleeping rough in Calais waiting to cross the Channel to Britain.

Aid volunteers here say those in the camps are desperate for help, and are asking for donations to take with them this weekend. Chris Halpin reports.

Midland Sikh society's appeal for Calais migrant crisis

Packing taking place in Walsall this morning. Credit: ITV News Central

A Walsall based Sikh organisation is packing up supplies of food, drink, sleeping bags and medical aid to take to migrants in Calais.

The Midland Langar Seva society organises hunger relief efforts all over the world. This is their second trip to France in a fortnight.

The volunteers will also offer food to migrants in Calais.

Twelve places across the East and West Midlands have drop off points for people wanting to donate.

  • Baba Deep Singh Shaheed Gurdwarda, Birmingham
  • Gurdwara Guru Hargobind Sahib, Dudley
  • Gurpal Oppal Solicitors, Smethwick
  • Guru Nanak Parkash Gurdwara, Coventry
  • Ramgarhia Gurdwara, Coventry
  • Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, Coventry
  • Guru Panth Parkash, Leicester
  • Respect Fitness, Oadby, Leicester
  • Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Northampton
  • Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Walsall
  • Darbar Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Gurdwara, Walsall
  • Sarbloh Gym, Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Wolverhampton
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