A Christmas tree has made its way from Northumberland to the base of Big Ben. For the past thirteen years, the Forestry Commission at Kielder Water and Forest Park has provided London’s Houses of Parliament with its Christmas tree.
One of the country's most famous Christmas trees started its journey today from Northumberland to London.
For more than a decade now Kielder Forest has supplied the tree which ends up outside the Houses of Parliament.
Overhead line problems between Grantham and Peterborough are affecting East Coast services.
Passengers planning to travel through this section of the East Coast Main Line are urged to wait till tomorrow.
All East Coast tickets dated for travel today will be accepted tomorrow.
A limited service is operating via an alternative route avoiding the affected area.
Replacement road services are also in operation between Peterborough and Newark, and passengers are also able to use alternative routes via Manchester and Leeds to travel to and from the North East.
MPs travelling from the North East to London to get back to parliament have been stuck on trains with thousands of other passengers due to problems with cables on the east coast line.
Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah tweeted:
train 2 hrs late because of cables coming down but another signal failure means they now can't give an arrival time
Gateshead MP Ian Mearns also tweeted:
Other colleagues stuck at Retford for 4 and a half hours! Still there!
Thousands of passengers have been stuck in delays on the East Coast mainline today, due to problems with cables.
Among them were several MPs travelling from the North East to London to get back to parliament.
The bells of Big Ben and the Great Clock at Westminster are to be silenced during the funeral of Baroness Thatcher on Wednesday, Speaker John Bercow has told the House of Commons: