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Walking football kicks off in Kettering

The new activity is designed to help residents maintain an active lifestyle Credit: Kettering Borough Council

An initiative to keep older people active has been launched in Kettering.

Walking football is a non-contact sport and players can't jog or sprint without conceding a free kick.

Kettering Borough Council and the Northants F.A. have teamed up to organise weekly sessions for people over 50 or with restricting health conditions.

This slower version of football will give them the chance to improve their lifestyles and make new friends.

I have played walking football before and I really enjoy the slower pace of the game and I have improved my fitness and become a lot fitter.

The aim is not to improve my football skills but to just enjoy playing football and hopefully make new friends in the process.

– Brian Parton

Lindsay Lohan says no to Kettering Christmas lights in video message

Actress Lindsay Lohan has tweeted a video message to the people of Kettering letting them know she's unable to turn on the town's Christmas lights.

Logan originally agreed to travel to the Northamptonshire town after implying nobody heard of it.

The town's Conservative MP Philip Hollobone then invited Lohan "to switch on the Christmas lights ... thus redeeming her political reputation and raising money for good causes".

But due to her busy schedule, she has now declined the offer and has been replaced by former Eastenders actress Cheryl Fergison.

Hey everyone in Kettering. I really wanted to make it there to light the tree, but with my busy schedule I wasn't able to. I appreciate the offer.

Happy Holidays!

– Lindsay Lohan

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Funeral for Second World War 'hero' who died aged 97

Click the link above for Stuart Leithes' report

A funeral has been held for a Second World War veteran from Northamptonshire who died aged 97.

Jack Linaker was a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber - the most dangerous position in the aircraft - and he even survived a crash landing.

His funeral was held in Kettering and attended by personnel from RAF Marham in Norfolk, where the squadron he flew with is now based.

Jack Linaker died aged 97.
Jack Linaker's funeral was held in Kettering. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Girl, 8, is World Puddle Jumping Champion

Melanie Mills triumphed in the World Puddle Jumping Championship.

An 8-year-old girl from Kettering is the latest World Puddle Jumping Champion.

Melanie Mills took the title at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire earlier today.

The competition, now in its fourth year, asks children to make the most of the muddy autumn weather.

Judges scores are based on strict criteria including the height of jump, distance of splash and 'stickability' - the amount of mud which clings to each competitor.

Most marks are given for the size of the splash.

"I tried to jump the highest I could and get as muddy as possible but I can't believe I have won. I took part last year too and have been practicing since then."

– Melanie Mills, World Puddle Jumping Champion

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Corby to Kettering railway line to reopen in late October

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Helen Keenan

The Corby to Kettering railway line is due to reopen in late October following a six week closure.

There have been no hourly trains between the two towns since 10 September. A replacement bus service has been operating instead.

The line was closed to upgrade it to two tracks, but the new one won't be operational for some time.

"There is more track to go in and then crucially there's the signalling works to do. That will be complete in the February of 2018."

– Spencer Gibbens, Network Rail

Pride of Britain West Nominees: Jane Nichols

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Russell Hookey

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the West of the Anglia region. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

First up, it’s Jane Nichols from Kettering in Northamptonshire who found a different way to raise thousands of pounds for charities close to her heart.

Northamptonshire man jailed for sexual abuse of girl under 13

Gavin McCarthy Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A 31-year-old man from Northamptonshire has been jailed for the sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 13.

Gavin McCarthy, from Cransley near Kettering, was sentenced to eight years for six counts of making indecent images of children.

He'll remain on the Sex Offender Register for life.

I hope the substantial sentence McCarthy received today helps serve as a deterrent to offenders and those considering sexual offending against vulnerable children.

We are committed to safeguarding children by detecting abuse and prosecuting offenders.

– Detective Andy Rogers, aedophile Online investigation team
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