Spectators watch as the world's biggest and most expensive Cunard-owned cruise liner, the British-flagged Queen Mary 2, arrives at its new home port of Southampton. The 550 million ship is to be officially named at Southampton by the Queen on January 8 and four days later the 150, 000-tonne vessel will leave on its sold-out maiden passenger voyage to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Weather - Floods Protest - Pickering
Residents of Pickering in North Yorkshire sat down on living room furniture they moved into the river, which runs through the town, to recreate the scenes they faced in the devastating floods of last year. Topsy Clinch (seated left), 91, who was flooded out of her home, was one of those there to draw attention to the lack of flood defences in the town, along with Gordon Clitheroe and Kath Grayston. The residents claim the Government pulled the plug on funding for flood defences for the town after the Environment Agency spent 750, 000 five years ago designing a viable scheme.
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Transport - Last Mini at Longbridge
Workers cheering as the 5, 387, 862nd and final classic Mini rolls off the production line, at the MG Rover Group factory in Longbridge, Birmingham. After 41 years of continuous production and nearly 140 different models, one of Britain's best-loved cars is being superceded by a new version made by German car giant BMW which will be produced at the Cowley works in Oxford.