Heston Blumenthal paid a visit to Braintree today.

The celebrity chef was at George Harker and Company on the Park Drive Industrial Estate, Braintree, to film a new Channel 4 series.

He chatted to the 30 staff and chose dried fruit provided the company for an enormous Christmas pudding, which he will be making to give police and fire officers and health professionals who will be working over Christmas.

Full story in next week's Times.