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Youngsters design their own Christmas cards

Youngsters at a Birmingham-based charity which helps people with hearing and sensory impairments have designed their own range of Christmas cards, as part of an appeal to help reduce the isolation many older people face at Christmas.

Deaf youngsters from the Ladywood-based Bid Services charity have designed a number of festive cards to help their appeal.

Some of the Christmas card designs Credit: Bid Services

The charity say they received more than 60 designs from children as young as four.

More of the festive card designs Credit: Bid Services

The winning card designs are from:

  • Karsel Campbell-Nottage, Longwill School, aged 4
  • Alishba Azhir, Longwill School, aged 9
  • Megan McGrath, Braidwood Trust School, aged 11
  • Hasanur Hasan, Braidwood Trust School, aged 12
  • Luke Brooks, Braidwood Trust School, aged 13
  • Safa Saleem, Bordesley Green Girls School, aged 14

"We will be displaying all of the artwork at the Deaf Cultural Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, during the Christmas period...The young winners will be visiting us on Tuesday, 8th December, when they will be presented with a certificate and a copy of their printed Christmas card".

– BID Services

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Your guide to the Christmas lights 2015

Crowds enjoy the Christmas lights across the region Credit: Birmingham City Council

Your guide to Christmas lights 2015: When can you see the switch on in the Midlands? Here’s the ITV News Central guide for when your area will be signalling the start of the festive season.

  • Wednesday 18th November
  • Shrewsbury - High Street - 5.45pm
  • Thursday 19th November
  • Lincoln - High Street - 7.10pm
  • Northampton - Market Place - 5.30pm
  • Telford - Square - 6.30pm
  • Oswestry - Town Centre - 4pm
  • Friday 20th November
  • Nottingham - Old Market Square - 5.30pm
  • Bridgnorth - High Street - 6.15pm
  • Hinckley - Town Centre - 4pm
  • Saturday 21st November
  • Stafford - Guildhall Shopping Centre - 5pm
  • Halesowen - Town Centre - 5pm
  • Sunday 22nd November
  • Leicester - Humberstone Gate - 4.30pm
  • Chesterfield - Town Centre - 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 25th November
  • Coventry - Broadgate Square - 5pm
  • Thursday 26th November
  • Wolverhampton - Market Square - 6.30pm
  • Warwick - Market Place - 5pm
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon - Town Hall - 4pm
  • Kettering - Town Centre - 6.30pm
  • Friday 27th November
  • West Bromwich - High Street - 6.30pm
  • Saturday 28th November
  • Stoke - Albion Square - 7.30pm
  • Wellingborough - Town Centre - 6.30pm
  • Sunday 29th November
  • Loughborough - Market Place - 5pm

If there's a Christmas lights switch-on in your area that's not mentioned here, please do email us at centralnews@itv.com.

For more events across the Midlands see our Weekend Picks updated each week.

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