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Kielder Christmas tree begins journey to Westminster

Felling begins on the Westminster Christmas tree Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees

It has become an annual ritual; the felling of a Northumberland tree, which will stand near the Houses of Parliament over Christmas.

Today, in the depths of Kielder Forest, the felling of this year's tree took place.

It had taken weeks for the Forestry Commission to pinpoint exactly the right individual; a tree that has a good shape from all angles. This year's tree is a twenty five year old Sitka spruce, chosen because it is more robust than the traditional Norway spruce.

Competition winners Lily (left) and Brooke Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Watching the felling take place: Tyne Valley school children Brooke Foster and Lily Macaulay, who were winner and runner-up in Christmas card design competition run by the Hexham MP, Guy Opperman. Brooke's winning design will find its way into hundreds of homes over the next few weeks.

Despite pouring rain, both girls said they had enjoyed their morning in the forest, watching the cutting take place.

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