From Corrie to saving lives for Simon Gregson

I've just been made official shore crew! It's an absolute honour to be involved.

– Simon Gregson is relishing his new role with the RNLI

Coronation Street's Simon Gregson, aka Steve McDonald, joins us live from Treardurr Bay RNLI Lifeboat Station in Anglesey with his dog Cookie to tell us about his brand new role with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Simon has recently been made an honorary crew member and has spent significant time with them to gain a deeper understanding of all that they do.

The soap star also reveals he's had enough of getting married on the cobbles. So far Steve McDonald has had SIX weddings with FIVE different women; the latest to Michelle Connor, played by Kym Marsh.

Exclusive: Alison Parker's father speaks to GMB

I don’t want to see another father go through what I am going through.

– Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker, the father of murdered reporter Alison Parker and Chris Hurst, her boyfriend, joined us live from Virginia in their first UK television interview today.

Heartbroken Andrew is determined to do 'whatever it takes' to have tighter gun laws and to ensure a tragedy like this never happens again.

Speaking exclusively to GMB, he said: "My life has been wrecked. No person should bury their child. It's devastating.

"We're going to make this stop, whatever it takes we're going to do it, to close the loop holes in these gun laws. To keep guns away from people that are mentally disturbed."

Widow Lizzie Jones sings in husband's memory

Lizzie Jones, who lost her husband Danny Jones to a heart problem, will sing Abide With Me to a stadium of packed rugby fans at the Challenge Cup Final. Wales international Danny died from a heart problem after collapsing during a match against London Skolars in May. He was only 29-years-old.

Lizzie, a professional singer, will lead a tribute to her husband before Hull Kingston Rovers face Leeds Rhinos. A trust fund set up by the Rugby Football League Benevolent Fund to secure the futures of the Jones's children - eight-month old twins Bobby and Phoebe - has received donations of more than £230,000.

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Meningitis B jab could save thousands of lives

Meningitis B vaccines will be offered to babies as young as two months from the beginning of September. For one family though, this vaccine comes too late. We spoke to Ellie-Mae and her Mum Kelly Mellor about the life changing effects of the disease.

Ellie-Mae was about to turn one when she contracted the deadly disease. She lost both her legs and an arm but survived thanks to the hard work of doctors. Mum Kelly urged every parent to get their child vaccinated.

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Lancashire water crisis takes toll on families

Families and businesses in Blackpool have spoken to GMB about the toll living with contaminated has taken on them. Local residents Julie Welling and her daughters Holly and Amy said the tiny parasitic bug living in the water had made their lives a misery.

Blackpool hotel manager Howard Crump said it had been "very awkward" running a hotel over the busy summer period, as well as hosting 19 weddings while unable to use water straight from the taps.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. The devastated father of murdered US journalist Alison Parker has urged President Obama to push through gun reform. Andy Parker vowed to do "whatever it takes" to tighten gun laws

  2. The sixth day of agony looms for relatives of the Shoreham air show disaster - a report is expected in a few days

  3. Some 200,000 properties are still being told to boil their tap water three weeks after the parasite cryptosporidium was discovered in the local water supply

  4. Babies as young as two months will be offered the Meningitis B jab from next Tuesday for free on the NHS. Over the past 20 years, between 500 and 1,700 people - mainly babies and young children - have suffered from Meningitis B every year

  5. Fed up of the family whingeing this bank holiday? GMB takes a look at what gets viewers' goat and encourages them to have a whinge binge before the weekend

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What is the perfect bedtime story?

Trying to get the kids off to sleep and keep them entertained? Research revealed an ideal tale lasts eight and a half minutes and includes a dragon, a princess, a wizard and a fairy.

What do you think is the recipe for the perfect bedtime story? GMB wants to know which stories you like to tell your little ones before they go to bed.

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