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Spread the joy this Christmas by giving a toy

An appeal to collect and deliver toys to families who struggle at Christmas is being spearheaded by North Lanarkshire Council.

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Grant Trainer with the sunflower he believes is the biggest in Cumbernauld

Is this Cumbernauld’s biggest sunflower?

Reader Grant Trainer contacted the newsdesk to tell us he believes he has the biggest sunflower in Cumbernauld.

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Are you North Lanarkshire’s mystery Lotto millionaire?

Are you North Lanarkshire’s mystery Lotto millionaire?

A North Lanarkshire lottery winner has almost run out of time to claim their £1m prize.

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Thistle Divers member Anna Illington who learned to dive after she retired, is 81 now and still diving all over the world. In the pool at Kilsyth Leisure centre with Rob Sewell, Diving Officer at Thistle Divers. 
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Adventures ahead for ocean diver Anna, 81

A member of Kilsyth’s scuba diving club is preparing for a very special 82 birthday celebration – by going on a diving trip in Indonesia.

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Working with Personal Trainer Born Barikor, pet charity Blue Cross has created a new fitness boot camp called Work Out Like A Dog which sees humans doing exercises you would normally see dogs doing. Pic: Blue Cross.

Fitness boot camp launches where humans exercise like dogs

Chasing a ball and bringing it back again may sound like fun for dogs, but for participants of new fitness bootcamp Work Out Like A Dog, it’s strictly humans doing the retrieving.

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Parents urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real

Parents urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real

Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the “lie” damages relations with their children.

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The Panerai watch, made in Italy, is believed to be one of only 618 made between 1941 and 1943. Pic: SWNS

Watch that lay in Lanarkshire drawer for 70 years sells for £55k

A rare German military watch which lay unused in a drawer for almost 70 years has sold for more than £50,000 at auction.

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Wojtek in his heyday.

Celebrity ‘soldier’ was smarter than the average bear

Perhaps it’s because of some authentically soldierly habits - he liked his cigarettes and beer - that the story of Wojtek the Bear has never become a Disney movie.

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Snakes alive - Yazoo needs a happy home

Snakes alive - Yazoo needs a happy home

Most of the animals which gain new homes through the SSPCA are familiar household pets such as cats, dogs and rabbits.

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