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The classic carol that gets us all feeling festive - pupils from Ide Primary School near Exeter perform

There is nothing quite like a carol to put you in the Christmas spirit - and pupils at Ide Primary School, near Exeter, have been rehearsing hard.

Here they are with a true Christmas classic. Silent Night has been translated into over 100 languages from the original German it was written in two centuries ago. Troops on opposing sides sung it together during the Christmas truce of 1914 - it was one they all knew.


Devon widow hires out pub to give Christmas lunch to a group of lonely strangers

Betty Williams hired out every table in the Lamb & Flag for the event Credit: ITV News

A widow from Devon has hired out an entire pub so fifty strangers in her village wouldn't have to eat Christmas dinner alone.

86 year old Betty Williams from Ottery St Mary paid for a slap up meal this lunchtime for a massive crowd of people she doesn't know who would otherwise spend the festive period by themselves.

Betty reserved every table at the Lamb and Flag pub and footed the bill for the traditional turkey dinners and bottles of wine.

The pensioner lost her husband twelve years ago and has found herself alone over the Christmas period in recent years due to a lack of close family living nearby.

This year, determined not to eat by herself and moved by Britain's food bank explosion, she contacted the mayor of Ottery St Mary Cllr Glyn Dobson, to organise a festive lunch.

Councillor Dobson decided to make a bit more of an event out of the day, and organised for the town crier and the local choir to attend.

A story that really has the baa factor

The farm in Wadebridge was expecting triplets so had quite a shock when a fourth lamb appeared Credit: ITV News

Now lambs are normally associated with Easter but one farm in Cornwall has been blessed with rather a lot of them this Christmas.

The quadruplets came as a surprise at Wendy Eustice's farm in Wadebridge - only three were spotted when the mum had a scan. They are the first foursome to have been born there in 23 years - and another ewe is also expecting quads.

It's thought it might have something to do with the mild climate.

Wendy's sons George and Samuel lend a hand looking after the brood Credit: ITV News

It certainly does seem a little bit magical. No surprise then that Wendy's sons George and Samuel have named the new arrivals after four characters from their favourite Harry Potter books: Harry, Ron, Hermione and Molly.

Here is a short clip of the foursome down on the farm. We challenge you not to say aah... or perhaps baa...

Pensioner's Christmas presents stolen from under her tree

Burglars have stolen Christmas presents from a Bridgwater pensioner's home.

19 wrapped presents were stolen from under the 81-year-old woman's tree, in what police have called "a really mean-spirited crime".

The burglary happened sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. Police are appealing for information.

The victim's presents were stolen from under her tree. Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images


How Text Santa money helped the Alzheimer's Society

This Friday on ITV we will be asking for your help to raise as much money as we can for our Text Santa campaign. Thanks to your generosity we raised more than £5 million last year to be divided between six charities.

One of the charities to benefit is the Alzheimer's Society. Our reporter Claire Manning has met one man who has been helped by the charity. He was diagnosed with dementia at the age of just 55.

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Our presenters pack bags for Text Santa

Guess who did all the work when Kylie and Ian packed bags for Text Santa Credit: ITV News

Thousands of volunteers have been helping pack shopping bags in supermarkets across the country to raise money for ITV's Text Santa appeal.

Our presenters Kylie Pentelow and Ian Axton were invited to take to the check outs too.

While Ian took to the task with relish, Kylie got into the festive spirit.

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