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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 December 2005, 07:44 GMT
In Pictures - 2005's comings and goings

Three gay couples "marry" in Brighton on the first day of civil partnership ceremonies

England said hello or goodbye to a host of new or departing things and people in 2005. These couples in Brighton were among the first to take part in gay "weddings" in December.

Fox hunting with dogs

Hunting foxes with dogs became illegal in England on 18 February but many hunts have managed to continue their activities by adapting to stay within the new laws.

Many pubs in England extended their opening hours when 24-hour drinking became legal on 24 November

Twenty four hour drinking became legal in England on 24 November with some people fearing it would bring trouble, but many police forces reported quieter nights than usual.

Bill Giles with the old-style BBC weather forecast symbols

The BBC dropped its familiar symbols from its weather forecasts, as modelled here by Bill Giles.

The Ashes, won by England's cricketers when they beat Australia

The Ashes returned to English hands for the first time since the 1980s when England's cricketers beat Australia.

The lime tree at Canterbury cricket ground, which blew down in January

But there was sadder news for English cricket in January when the famous lime tree on the field at Kent's home ground in Canterbury blew down in a storm.

Daniel Craig poses by Tower Bridge after being unveiled as the new James Bond

Daniel Craig was unveiled as the new James Bond in October. He will be the first English actor to play 007 since Roger Moore's final Bond film in 1985.

The final Routemaster bus on a scheduled journey passes the House of Commons

The last journey by a Routemaster bus serving a normal London route was on 9 December. Some will stay on the capital's streets as "heritage" buses.

Archbishop of York John Sentamu, the Church of England's first black archbishop

Dr John Sentamu became the first black archbishop in the Church of England when he was enthroned as Archbishop of York in November.

Famous faces who passed away in 2005

Well-known English people to die in 2005 included politicians Edward Heath, Mo Mowlam and James Callaghan and entertainers Ronnie Barker, Richard Whiteley and John Mills.

Couples tie knot in 'gay capital'
21 Dec 05 |  Southern Counties
Final hunts held as ban looms
17 Feb 05 |  Politics
R.I.P. Weather symbols
16 May 05 |  Magazine
Routemaster makes final journey
09 Dec 05 |  London
First black Archbishop enthroned
30 Nov 05 |  North Yorkshire


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