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Stonehenge Visitor Centre celebrates anniversary

The centre opened last December. Credit: ITV News West Country

The new Stonehenge Visitor Centre turns one today.

The multi-million pound facility began life with a few teething problems, including complaints about overcrowding and delays. However, a record 1.3 million people have visited it in the past year, including US President Barack Obama.

Earlier this year a beam of light was shone from the stone circle to commemorate the start of the First World War, followed by a special ceremony commemorating a million First World War soldiers.

WW1 soldiers marched again at Stonehenge. Credit: PA


Your Christmas light displays

We asked you to send us photos of your Christmas lights displays - and there are certainly some spectacular houses out there. Here's a selection of our favourites.

Lawrence Weston Credit: Jackie Westfield

Jackie Westfield sent us this photo of her house. She says they've had lots of lovely people stop to look at their lights and seeing the children's faces is the best.

Chippenham Credit: Nigel & Paul

Nigel sent this picture of his house that he shares with Paul in Chippenham. They've got lights in the windows, a Christmas Tree on display and a wreath on the door.

Devizes Credit: Paul Hughes

This photo was sent in by Paul of his parents Mr and Mrs Hughes' house in Lawrence Weston. They're using the display to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support nurses.

Frome Credit: Gary Monger

Gary Monger sent in this photo of his house in Frome. They've got a giant polar bear, snowman and even Santa's reindeer in the window.

Almondsbury Credit: Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper sent us this one. They've even got a Christmas Greeting on their wall.

Thanks to everyone who's sent us pictures. If you want to send yours in you can email us at, tweet us @itvwestcountry, or post it on our Facebook page:

Swindon school wins Jamie Cullum’s piano after writing song

A school in Swindon has won a grand piano owned by jazz musician Jamie Cullum.

The Commonweal School beat off competition from 150 others to take away the unique prize.

The Yamaha piano has been used by the singer for over 10 years. To win it, entrants had to submit a funny, creative or heartfelt reason why they should win the instrument.

More than 16,5000 unique votes were registered, but the Commonweal School eventually carried the day with their song ‘Come on Jamie’.

You can watch their winning entry below:


Christmas ban on roadworks in Swindon

Swindon Borough Council wants to keep roads moving over Christmas Credit: PA

Swindon Borough Council has put in a Christmas ban on roadworks over the festive season.

The plan to keep traffic flow as smooth as possible came into effect over the weekend, and will prevent any planned highways or utilities work being carried out until Monday 5th January.

The embargo will cover all main arterial routes in Swindon, as well as major routes in the town centre. A total of 51 roads are included.

If any emergency work needs to be carried out on the roads covered by the embargo, the Council will work with utility companies to keep disruption to a minimum.

The last couple of months have been very challenging with major road, drainage, anti-flood schemes and electricity supply improvements being completed by the utility companies and the Council.

Motorists in Swindon have been incredibly patient over the last couple of months and I hope this festive ban means everyone can move around to do their shopping, see their families and make the most of the Christmas period

– Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council
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