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Christmas decorations row: 'Health and safety gone mad'

Christmas was nearly cancelled for one grandmother from Neath when her landlords threatened to take down the decorations above her porch.

They said the Santas and snowmen breached health and safety rules - but have now allowed her to keep them up until the New Year.

Sharon Antell says "it's health and safety gone mad."

Tom Sheldrick reports:

Trees planted in Barry to mark sacrifice of WWI troops

The last of 700 trees are to be planted along one of the main roads into Barry as a token of remembrance for the 700 men from the town who died in the First World War.

Many Welsh soldiers who went missing in action have their names engraved on the Thiepval Memorial. Credit: ITV Wales News

The event will mark the end of the project which saw tree planting last Spring and over the past few weeks

The Woodland Trust are supporting the event by donating the majority of the native trees, but others have been bought from local donations. Two poppy banners will also be erected to mark the start and end of the tree planting.

"I am proud that local people have supported this wonderful memorial on one of Barry's major entrances."

– Rob Curtis, Project Co-ordinator

Special offer: ITV Wales presenters take to shop tannoy

ITV Cymru Wales presenters Carl Edwards, Hannah Thomas and Andrew Price had a go on a Morrisons tannoy this morning as part of ITV's Text Santa Appeal 2014.

The trio did their bit to help, by doing a 'big bag pack' at a Cardiff Bay supermarket to raise money.

ITV Wales presenters help pack a bag for Text Santa

ITV's Text Santa Appeal 2014 is well underway! This morning ITV Cymru Wales presenters Carl Edwards, Hannah Thomas and Andrew Price did their bit to help, by doing a 'big bag pack' at a Cardiff Bay supermarket to raise money. Today saw the Text Santa 'Big Bag Pack' across the UK.

Click here to visit the Text Santa Website for more details

Credit: ITV News

Last year you gave £5.1m for six UK charities, and this year we hope to see that go even higher. The cash will be split equally between Well Child, Alzheimer's Society, Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Together for Short Lives.

Credit: ITV News

Hannah Thomas will be looking at some of those charities, and meeting some of the people who need your donations, in the week before Christmas, so get your pennies piling in!

And joining Carl and Hannah was cameraman Clive Davies Credit: ITV News

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Businesses in Port Talbot gather to pay for Christmas lights

The Christmas lights in Port Talbot will be switched on later today - after businesses clubbed together to pay for them.

Local businesses have gathered to pay for the lights. Credit: Steven Redmore

Cuts to council services meant that Neath Port Talbot couldn't afford to light up Port Talbot town themselves.

So local businesses, led by rugby club Aberavon RFC, have gathered together to raise more than £6,000 to pay for the event.

The reduction in cash given to councils in 2015-16 have meant that certain services are being reduced or cut.

Neath Port Talbot will see its funding cut by 2.4% - dropping from £210m to £205m.

The switch on will start from 4pm this afternoon at Bethany Square in Port Talbot town and a fund has also been started for next year's Christmas lights to try and avoid the same situation again.

"We would like to thank everyone in the local community who have helped with the campaign and to everyone who has donated. A special thanks to the local businesses that have made significant donations to help to make this happen for all the children and families of the town."

– Aberavon RFC

Schools compete in Christmas tree-decorating event

More than 500 pupils from 21 schools are taking part in an annual Christmas tree-decorating competition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

This year's theme is 'A Child's Christmas in Wales', marking 100 years since the birth of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Pupils from Ysgol Glan y Fferi decorate their tree.
Ysgol Aberaeron is one of 21 schools taking part in the tree-decorating competition.

Pupils race the clock to decorate their Christmas tree using re-used and recycled materials, with prizes available for the best-decorated trees.

The trees will remain on show in the Great Glasshouse until the new year.

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