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Frost is forecast for Christmas Day

The weather will be colder and brighter over Christmas but then unsettled into the weekend Credit: ITV News

The Met Office has issued the following forecast for this evening into Christmas Day:

It will be dry with clear spells through the evening and night. Winds will ease, which with clear skies will allow a patchy frost to form. Minimum temperature 3C (37F).

There will be a chilly to start on Christmas Day, but staying fine, dry and cold. There will be plenty of sunshine throughout, and clear spells during the evening will lead to a widespread frost. Maximum temperature 9C (48F).

It will be cold and dry at first on Boxing Day, then turning cloudy, wet and windy later.

Heavy rain and gales are possible possible overnight and through Saturday. On Sunday it will be drier and colder.

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.


Christmas Day lunch for Devon Air Ambulance crew

The Devon Air Ambulance crew will be served Christmas lunch by chef Michael Caines Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Exeter celebrity chef Michael Caines and his team will be delivering a Christmas Day lunch to the crew of Devon's Air Ambulance. Last year, the helicopter was called out to nine emergencies between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Each flight costs more than £3,000. The charity hopes to extend its flying hours to midnight by 2017.

Rail passengers warned of Christmas disruption

There will be no trains on Christmas Day Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

Rail passengers in the South West have been warned to expect disruption over the holiday period due to engineering works. There will be restricted services in and out of Paddington station with the last train leaving London at 9.30pm tonight. First Great Western says there will be no trains running on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

West Country milk producers face price cut

Farmers face a cut of more than 2p a litre for their milk Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The region's dairy farmers face yet another cut in milk prices. There have already been protests that they are getting less for their milk than it costs to produce.

Now Arla has announced that it is reducing prices by just over 2p a litre on January 1st. 3,000 farmers, including many in the south west, supply milk to the Danish co-operative.


Dartmoor Zoo becomes a charity after crowd-funding campaign

A zoo that inspired a Hollywood film has become a charity.

It comes after an online crowd-funding appeal to raise £1.6m for Devon's Dartmoor Zoo closed on Monday after raising nearly £340,000.

The appeal was boosted by an anonymous gift of £300,000 from a mystery donor. Director Ben Mee said the gaining of the new status meant the zoo's future was "as secure as it has ever been".

Benjamin Mee bought the tourist attraction after the death of his wife Katherine in 2006, inspiring the film 'We Bought A Zoo', which starred Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

Dartmoor Zoo looks after a wide range of wild and exotic animals from tigers to tortoises Credit: ITV News

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.

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