In his final New Year's message as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has praised the unsung heroes who quietly turned vision into reality. Dr Williams said the Olympic volunteers were a good example of how quiet work behind the scenes help turn a big event into a success.
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Holidaymakers have been describing the terrifying moment they were caught up in an earthquake which hit parts of Greece and Turkey.
Friday night's forecast for the west of the region
Friday night's forecast for the east of the region