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Future of Princess Diana's childhood home is thrown into doubt as charity cancels £2.3m revamp plans and owners start search for new tenants

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The future of Princess Diana's childhood home on the Sandringham estate has been thrown into doubt after a charity cancelled its £2.3million revamp.   The Leonard Cheshire charity has announced that it will no longer be operating Park House, which had been used as a hotel for the disabled, with the owners now searching for new tenants.  The house was famously where Diana Spencer was born on July 1, 1961, when her family were renting it from the Queen.  She continued living there until she was aged 14 in 1976 when she moved to her family's stately home Althorp House after her father John inherited his title Earl Spencer. The future of Princess Diana's childhood home on the Sandringham estate has been thrown into doubt after a charity cancelled its £2.3million revamp The Leonard Cheshire charity has announced that it will no longer be operating Park House (interior pictured) which had been used as a hotel for the disabled The Queen gave Park House and its grounds to internat

Pastor who blamed premarital sex for COVID-19 dies from the virus after calling it a 'warning from God to unmarried couples and nonvirgin brides'

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A pastor who blamed premarital sex for COVID-19 has died from the virus.  Irvin Baxter, 75, was hospitalized last week and died Tuesday.  Baxter, who founded Endtime Ministries in 1991, told televangelist Jim Bakker in March that the 15 million unmarried people living together 'cannot just ignore their sinful lifestyle'.  He also noted that '5% percent of new brides in America now are virgins' and said 'God may be using this the coronavirus as a wake-up call'.  It is not known how he contracted the virus. His ministry said in a statement: 'The Rev. Irvin Baxter, pastor and televangelist of Endtime Ministries died Tuesday of complications from Covid-19. While Baxter’s passing was unexpected, the ministry is poised to continue.' Irvin Baxter was hospitalized last week and died Tuesday, Endtimes Ministry said Baxter told said Bakker in March: 'I was thinking as I was putting all this together in my mind, about the sin of fornication.  'And I thoug

British Airways suspends ALL flights from Gatwick airport and will furlough 'many more' staff as new Covid lockdown bites

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British Airways will suspend all flights from Gatwick airport and furlough 'many more' staff as the new Covid lockdown bites. In a letter to staff seen by Sky News, the airline warned that it will mean 'moving many more colleagues, from both operational and support function areas onto the government's extended Job Retention Scheme.' BA, whose owner suffered a £5.1 billion loss in the first nine months of 2020, called it a 'blow to our hopes for the winter season.' It is the second time the airline has grounded all flights at Gatwick, the previous suspension coming shortly after the first national lockdown in March. Gatwick airport this time last year, left; and today amid the pandemic, right 'We have made the difficult decision to further reduce our operation for the rest of November.' BA management said in its letter. 'This means far fewer flights than we hoped for in November and means grounding more of our aircraft, including pausing all fligh

A THIRD of hotel and food businesses had 'no or low' confidence they would survive to next year even BEFORE the national lockdown was declared

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A third of accommodation and food services businesses had 'low or no' confidence they would survive until the end of the year - even before the national lockdown was declared. The alarming findings emerged in the latest official survey on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy and society. A swathe of hospitality firms are facing disaster after Boris Johnson imposed a month-long squeeze in England from today to control a surge in infections.  But according to the Office for National Statistics research, the picture was already grim even before the restrictions emerged.  The UK-wide survey found between October 5 and 18 just 75 per cent of accommodation and food service businesses were trading, compared with 85 per cent across all industries.  Some 32 per cent of accommodation and food services businesses had no or low confidence that their businesses would survive the next three months GDP is now predicted to be 11 per cent lower this year in real terms It also

It's beginning to look a lot like lockdown: London's Oxford Street is deserted and streets stand empty after a day when commuters still packed the Tubes as month of anti-Covid restrictions begins

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Streets in the London were left eerily deserted this evening on the first day of the UK's second national lockdown even though Tubes were packed with commuters this morning.  Oxford Street was barren and Piccadilly Circus looked desolate at night began to fall in the capital. The lockdown has forced all non-essential shops, including pubs and restaurants, to close for the next four weeks - unless the provide a takeaway delivery service.  Usually-bustling streets in central London were empty apart from a few commuters and a couple of food delivery drivers.  The emptiness comes in stark contrast to scenes of Tubes packed full of commuters during this morning's rush hour.   Streets in the London (pictured, Oxford Street) were left eerily deserted this evening on the first day of the UK's second national lockdown even though Tubes were packed with commuters this morning The lockdown has forced all non-essential shops, including pubs (pictured, a closed pub in Soho) and restaura