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Major job losses as paper mill closes

Wansbrough Paper Mill is due to close today with the loss of 176 jobs Credit: ITV News

More than 170 people will be left jobless over Christmas with the closure of a Somerset town's biggest employer.

Staff at Wansbrough paper mill in Watchet will clock off for the last time this afternoon. It marks the end of a manufacturing tradition dating back more than 250 years.

The plant owners, DS Smith, have blamed the loss of a major contract and the need for huge investment to bring the mill up-to-date.


88,000 workers in the SW won't get Christmas Day off

Spare a thought for the NHS staff who will have to work over Christmas Credit: ITV News

The Trade Union Centre is urging people to spare a thought for those having to work on Christmas.

It has revealed 88,000 people in the South West would not have the day off. It's an increase of 4,000 over the last three years.

Medical staff and care workers make up a large share of those working.

1 in 31
employees in the South West are set to work

Christmas Day is a special day that millions of us spend with our nearest and dearest. So we should all spare a thought for the people who will be hard at work while we're opening our presents, tucking into the turkey and relaxing with our families. Many on duty on Christmas Day will be on low pay, especially in sectors like hospitality and social care.


Santa and his elves have an underwater adventure

Did Santa forget the presents when he visited the Plymouth attraction Credit: National Marine Aquarium

Clearly Santa leaves no stone unturned in his quest to reach all the children of the world this Christmas.

Here he is taking the plunge at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. He and his elves took a dive in the Eddystone Reef tank - along with more than 70 species of fish.

Wonder how many of them were on the naughty or nice list...

A different Christmas jumper for every night of the week?

The forecast's a little more festive than usual... Credit: ITV West Country

Our weather guru Bob Crampton has been getting into the festive Text Santa spirit by donning a different winter woolly every night this week - have you ever seen such a splendid array?

If you think you can beat Bob's seasonal selection send your best Christmas jumper pictures to or our Facebook, or tweet them @itvwestcountry.

More of our efforts in a special gallery here.


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