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Remembrance tree to go up in city
A Christmas tree is being erected in Birmingham city centre to help people commemorate loved ones who have died.

For a minimum donation of 5, which will go towards the Lord Mayor's charities, people can dedicate a white light on the 50ft (15m) pine tree.

The names of the people being remembered will be included in the Book of Lights, which will be kept in the Council House throughout December.

To sponsor a light, people should go to the Birmingham City Council website.

The tree, in the city's Victoria Square, has been sponsored by Swedish engineering firm Sandvik for the last 40 years.

However, when the tree is put up on 3 December it will be the first year people will be able to dedicate lights.

Lord Mayor Randal Brew said: "We hope this will be a positive way of giving comfort to the bereaved while helping to generate funds for the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal."

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