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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


Dad's Army filming in Yorkshire

The first photos of the new Dad's Army film being shot in Yorkshire have emerged.

Dad's Army filming in Yorkshire Credit: Fameflynet

The cast and crew are stationed near Bridlington for the shoot, which revives the classic sit-com set during the Second World War.

Michael Gambon plays Private Godfrey Credit: Fameflynet

Hollywood A-listers including Bill Nighy ( Sergeant Wilson), Michael Gambon (Private Godfrey) and Toby Jones (Captain Mainwaring) are among the cast.

Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring Credit: Fameflynet

Catherine Zeta-Jones is back in the county after starting her career on the Darling Buds of May. She plays a reporter stationed with the Home Guard recruits as they try to uncover a German spy operating in the area.

Halifax songstress hoping to emulate Ed Sheeran

Halifax singer songwriter Jess Thristan has been tipped as the next best thing to come out of the town since Ed Sheeran.

The 19-year-old has been on the scene for less than a year but can take inspiration from Sheeran's success and that of Ella Henderson from Lincolnshire who has topped the UK album charts with her debut release.

Jess was first spotted on social media, but now practices at a studio in her hometown.

Sarah Clark has been to meet her:

X Factor's Jack and Jake survive week 2

Scunthorpe's Jake Quickenden and Castleford's Jack Walton made it through to Week Three of the X Factor.

Week 3 will be movie night on the X Factor Credit: X Factor

The two X Factor contestants from our region have made it through the second week of the competition and will perform again on the talent show next week.

Jake Quickenden's performed a version of Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'. Judge Louis Walsh gave his rendition the thumbs up, but judge Simon Cowell said there were some parts of the the vocal that were "terrible". Cheryl Fernandez-Versini also said she did not like the choice of song, though the Scunthorpe singer's song did get the thumbs up from his own mentor Mel B and Louis Walsh.

Watch his performance here:

Jack Walton from Castleford opened the show with Paula Abdul's 'Straight Up' playing his guitar for much of the song. The 18 year old was praised by all the judges with Louis Walsh describing it as 'brilliant' and Simon Cowell describing him as one of his favourite contestants. He had earlier been seen meeting One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson from Doncaster who is supporting him.

The two acts who left the competition this week were Chloe Jasmine and Stephanie Nala. Jack and Jake will now join the remaining ten other acts singing in next week's show when the theme is movie week.

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