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Dorset sailor sends Christmas message home

Naval Officer Lewis Jones will be in South Atlantic this Christmas Credit: Navy

Christmas for Royal Navy Officer Lewis Jones will be a different affair this year as he spends it away from family and friends on operations in the blustery long summer days of the South Atlantic.

Sub Lieutenant Jones, aged 20, from Wimborne in Dorset, is serving on board Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship, HMS Protector, in the South Atlantic this Christmas.

Lewis says this is his favourite deployment as its his first, although he will miss his family and girlfriend back in Dorset.

Young Waterlooville sailor spends first Xmas on duty

Hannah went to South Downs College and is spending Christmas in the Gulf Credit: Navy

A 22-year-old sailor from Waterlooville is spending her first Christmas away from home.

Hannah Watson has been deployed on HMS Kent to the Gulf where she'll be serving on board Royal Navy frigate.

While her mum and dad will be tucking into Christmas dinner in Hampshire, Hannah will be out on her first deployment until May.

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£200 million to make journeys easier for rail travellers

Work continues on the rail network over the festive period, with 11,000 staff working on track and signals. Among the key projects in the south are:

London Bridge - Over 1,000 staff are laying new track, signals and working on the station redevelopment that will ease capacity. It is part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Project. It will lead to improvements to rail services from Sussex, Surrey and Kent to London. Work continues until January 5th.

Reading - A new flyover is being completed to ease congestion outside the station costing £45 million. It is one of the final phases of the £900 million station upgrade. The new flyover opens on January 4th.

South West Trains - Hundreds of staff are working on the lines into Waterloo to renew points. Work continues during weekends in January and February.

West Coast - At Watford major work is being carried out to improve services through Buckinghamshire to the north and Scotland.

“Making the railway better is what we aim to do every day and our investment programme this Christmas, the biggest yet, is fully focused on delivering a better service for passengers.

“Passenger numbers have doubled since 1997 and this Christmas investment programme forms a key part of the record £25 billion being invested in our railway over the next five years to meet growing demand and improve and expand our congested railway network.

“With an 11,000-strong army we will deliver a huge amount of work during a quieter time for train travel. New technology and working practices mean we can keep lines open while our people work safely alongside, causing much less disruption than would otherwise be the case.”

– Jim Syddall, Route Manager, Network Rail
Hundreds of Network Rail staff at London Bridge work to improve the lines from Kent, Sussex and Surrey to London. Credit: ITV Meridian/Mike Pearse
In the festive spirit on Christmas Dayy Credit: ITV Meridian/Mike Pearse

Havant Naval sailor sends Christmas message home

Jonathan Roberts, 43, from Havant in Hampshire is serving on board RFA Gold Rover Credit: Navy

Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailor, Jonathan Roberts, will be spending Christmas thousands of miles away from his family in Havant, Hampshire, this year.

He's serving on board tanker ship RFA Gold Rover in the South Atlantic, while his wife and children, Callum,21, Dylan, 18 and Mackenzie,5.

Gosport sailor sends love to family from South Atlantic

Leading writer Dean Goodey, 29, from Gosport has been deployed on board HMS Protector Credit: Navy

Gosport sailor Dean Goodey will be enjoying Christmas day apart from his fiancee and his two sons this year as he's serving on board HMS Protector in the South Atlantic.

Leading writer Goodey's fiancee Amelia and his two young sons George and Henry will be spending Christmas at their family home in Gosport, Hampshire with one less place around the dinner table.

Rail workers tuck into some festive cheer: Chips rather than turkey

A record 11,000 rail engineers are working over the festive period to maintain and renew track and signals.

Network Rail staff are out at 3,000 locations with £200 million being spent.

Among the key projects in the south are:

London Bridge - Over 1,000 staff are laying new track, signals and working on the station redevelopment that will ease capacity. It is part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink Project.

It will lead to improvements to rail services from Sussex, Surrey and Kent to London. Work continues until January 5th.

Christmas Day dinner .... with chips Credit: ITV Meridian
Mayonnaise with chips on Christmas Day Credit: ITV Meridian

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Gosport sailor misses family Xmas: 'I miss and love you all'

A Royal Navy sailor will be celebrating Christmas in the South Atlantic this year - working away from his five young children and wife.

Adam Bartle, aged 26, is working on board HMS Clyde in the South Atlantic over the festive period and has said he misses his family back home in Gosport, Hampshire.

Adam Bartle's first deployment was on HMS Southampton Credit: Navy

“I would like wish my five young beautiful children a very merry Christmas, I miss and love you all very much and can’t wait to see you. Love you all so much, miss you all millions see you soon daddy. “To Kelly, I love you so much and miss you, wish I could be there with you to see our kids open their presents on Christmas morning.”

– Adam Bartle

Isle of Wight sailor sends festive message from South Atlantic

Over the festive period he will be based on HMS Protector, who sailed from Portsmouth in October 2013 Credit: Navy

Christmas for Royal Navy Officer Martin Scutt will be different this year - as he spends it miles away from family and friends in the South Atlantic.

Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Scutt, 42, of Ryde in Hampshire, is serving on board Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship, HMS Protector, in the South Atlantic – one of 4 Royal Navy Ships deployed to the region this Christmas.

In true naval tradition the ship’s doctor, will join his fellow officers in serving Christmas dinner to the rest of the sailors on board – a switch in the day-to-day routine – while his wife Christine and her family enjoy their Christmas lunch back in Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Portsmouth sailor spending Xmas in South Atlantic

Portsmouth sailor sends christmas wishes home Credit: Navy

Maxine Richardson, who lives in Portsmouth, will be spending Christmas in the South Atlantic after she was deployed with one of the 4 Royal Navy ships in the region this year.

She'll be based on HMS Clyde, a Portsmouth-based ship, which is permanently stationed in the South Atlantic to deliver security to the area.

Maxine, 42, will be enjoying Christmas dinner abroad while her two children will be back in Portsmouth and her parents enjoying Christmas in the Caribbean.

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