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One of Hull's most famous sons marks Black History month

One of Hull's most famous sons is taking centre stage in the way the city is marking Black History month. William Wilberforce was pivotal in the fight to outlaw slavery.

As campaigners call for black history to be added to the national curriculum we've been to see how one school is already ensuring its students understand what role the city has played in the development of Africa. James Webster reports.


Jack Walton's performance branded 'boring' and 'uncomfortable'

Jack Walton from Castleford Credit: ITV

X Factor's Jack Walton had to put up with some negative criticism from the judges on this week's show. The singer from Castleford performed 'Eye of the Tiger' as part of movie week:

Not all the judges were impressed though. Louis Walsh acknowledged that he is one of the most talented young people in the competition but said he did not like the song choice and got bored in the middle. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said he needed to work on his performance and make better use of the stage and Simon Cowell said while he might make a very good recording artist he felt he looked uncomfortable performing that song.

Jack's own mentor Mel B hinted that there had been some issues during the week including some last minute changes but said he performed really, really well. Jack later tweeted that he hoped to redeem himself:

Bookmakers on Sunday morning had Jack as the second favourite contestant to be eliminated next with William Hill and BetFred both offering odds of 4/1.

X Factor judges criticise Jake Quickenden's movie week performance

Jake Quickenden from Scunthorpe Credit: ITV

X Factor's Jake Quickenden has been told it is unlikely he will survive another week in the TV talent contest. The singer from Scunthorpe, who opened the show performed 'She's like the wind' as part of Saturday night's movie week themed programme. But his performance was heavily criticised by the judging panel. You can watch him sing here:

Following his performance Louis Walsh said it sounded as though he had been struggling with the high notes and he should spend more time with the vocal coach than in the gym. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini wanted to see more sensuality from him. Simon Cowell commented that there was no dynamic to the vocal and said it is unlikely he will survive another week.

Jake's own mentor Mel B did say that she knew how hard Jake had worked and told him, "really, really well done." Jake tweeted to his fans after the performance:

Bookmakers on Sunday morning placed Jake the favourite to leave the competition next with William Hill and BetFred both offering odds of 6/5.


New family joins Emmerdale

It is one of the most notorious addresses in soap land - Home Farm in the village of Emmerdale. With nine previous owners including the Tates, the Wyldes, and the Kings there's never a dull moment at the "big house".

Now the Whites are about to take up residence. Gaynor Barnes met actor John Bowe who plays millionaire businessman Lawrence Wright...

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Tributes paid to 'lovely' Alvin Stardust

People have been leaving their tributes to Alvin Stardust on Twitter, including radio DJ Tony Blackburn:

Radio 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell said he "did the attitude consummately":

Former member of Blue, Antony Costa, remembers acting alongside him in the stage show Boogie Nights.

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust dies

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.

Stardust was set to release a new album, entitled 'Alvin, at the beginning of next month.

Writing on his official website he had said of the record:

I am extremely delighted to announce that my new album is now finished and will be released at the beginning of November by Conehead Records. "Alvin" is a new and exciting departure for me and I'm immensly proud of the finished product

– Alvin Stardust
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