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Last day of Birmingham Christmas Market today

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market comes to an end today. The 190 stalls have been selling gifts, treats, food and drink since the 14th November, but after today, the sellers will be packing up and returning to Germany.

Thousands of people have come to the city to visit over the last six weeks, helping the city to become the fastest growing tourist destination over Christmas and New Year.

This timelapse video shows Birmingham's market, along with the giant wheel and ice rink, next to the new library, which was today announced as building of the year.

Video credit: Theo Gove-Humphries


Nottingham chefs unveil king-sized Christmas cake

A team of chefs in Nottingham believe they have created the UK's biggest and heaviest Christmas cake.

The ten chef's believe the cake to be the biggest and heaviest in the UK...

The ten chefs, from Nottingham's Red Hot World Buffet, say the cake - measuring 18ft by 9ft and weighing 700kg - took over three weeks to complete.

The cake is decorated to resemble a winter wonderland...

1,400 eggs, 30 kilograms of raisins and 180 kilograms of chocolate and butter were use to make the festive desert. which is finished off with two-feet-high edible decorations.

Christmas engineering work announced

Over the Christmas period there will be engineering work between Retford and Lincoln and between Gainsborough Lea Road and Lincoln. It will mean buses will replace trains between Doncaster/Retford and Lincoln from December 21 to January 5.

There will also be engineering work from December 28 to 30 meaning East Midlands Trains passengers will have to take buses instead of trains between Spalding and Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

Leicestershire youngsters receive Christmas meals

Leicestershire school meals service has served up the first of their Christmas dinners today to 220 schools.

The numbers of those signing up for school meals has increased by 32% since the council took control of the service four years ago.

Some of the food served up Credit: ITV News Central

The dinners include all the festive trimmings and more, ranging from roast turkey breast and pork chipolatas, to yuletide brownie with litres of Vanilla sauce.

Youngsters enjoy Christmas food Credit: ITV News Central

The sheer quantities needed, reaching almost 40,000 in total, means cooking the meal will be no light affair. The total ingredients list includes:

· 2,660 kg roast turkey breast

· 2,431 kg pork chipolatas

· 476 kg bacon

· 422 kg savoury stuffing

· 5,822 kg potatoes

· 1,509 kg peas

· 1,509 kg carrots

· 674 kg brussel sprouts

· 3,807 litres vanilla sauce

· 21,122 portions of plum pudding

· 10,561 portions of yuletide brownie


Leicestershire Council dishes up Christmas meals

Thousands of youngsters across Leicestershire have had an early taste of Christmas this lunchtime.

Food being made for the youngsters Credit: ITV News Central

The County Council's school meals service are dishing up over 40,000 meals of turkey and cooking more than 1000kg of brussels and roast spuds.

Christmas food ready to be eaten Credit: ITV News Central

Wife commemorated by Walsall Christmas light display

A man from Walsall has decorated the outside of his house with lights in memory of his wife who loved Christmas.

Harry Creaney has spent thousands of pounds and three weeks completing the display.

The light display in Walsall Credit: ITV News Central

Since 1969 Harry and his wife, Hilda, opened the house up to local children but this year's display is the biggest yet.

Hilda Creaney Credit: ITV News Central

Late night services added to festive bus timetable

National Express West Midlands has announced its Christmas and New Year services, which includes late night services to shopping centres such as Merry Hill.

National Express Bus Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Christmas bus services start on Thursday 19 December when extra late night services will be provided to Merry Hill, running until midnight.

The late night shopper services will run until midnight Monday 23 December.

Saturday timetables with some extra early buses will run:

Monday 23rd DecemberChristmas EveFriday 27th DecemberMonday 30th DecemberTuesday 31st December. Normal timetables will apply over the weekend between Christmas and New Year.

There are no buses on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day, Sunday timetables will apply on all routes until approximately 6.30pm with many key routes running until their normal end of service at around 11.30pm.

New Year’s Day buses will operate Sunday timetables with normal services resuming on Thursday 2 January 2014.

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