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Matlock Bath Illuminations turn on tonight

The 118th Matlock Bath Illuminations will be switched on tonight.

The illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent are the stars of the show Credit: Derbyshire Dales District Council

Around 100,000 visitors come and see the attractions and boost the local economy.

There had been a fear they may have to cancel the lights this year because of concerns that work to make footpath safe wouldn't be finished in time. But they have been able to go ahead and the timings for tonight are:

7pm: Entertainment starts around the bandstand in Derwent Gardens

8pm: Switch on of the Lights

8.15pm: Parade of decorated boats followed by judging for the best boat trophy

Tony Christie rediscovers his Irish roots

Tony Christie and Ranagri have joined forces to produce an album of 12 of the most well loved Irish Folk Songs.

Tony, who grew up in South Yorkshire, and was introduced to these songs by his musical Irish grandparents and came together with Irish folk band, Ranagri to perform them. He came into the ITV Calendar studios to talk about the process with Duncan and Gaynor:


Emmerdale star remembers Queen's visit

With her love of the countryside it's hardly surprising that the Queen chose to visit Emmerdale during her 2002 Golden jubilee tour.

She remarked to the cast of the show that it must be a dangerous place to live - and hinted that the programme had at least one royal fan. Emmerdale star Chris Chittell remembers the Royal visit.


Soap stars back behind the butcher's counter

Two of Coronation Street's best-known butchers will be making a special guest appearance at Hull's Walton Street Market this morning.

Soap stars Andy Whyment & Steven Arnold will meet fans at Hull's Walton Street market

Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk, and Steven Arnold, who played Ashley until his death in the soap in 2010, became a firm favourite of fans after working together in the Street's local butcher shop

The pair will be behind the meat counter again at the Walton Street Market from 8.30am as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of E and J Meats.

Hull's Freedom Festival gets underway

Celebrating freedom

Hull's Freedom Festival gets underway today. Now in its eighth year, it is one of the biggest events in the city and is a three day celebration of freedom as the birthplace of anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce MP.

There will be more than 200 music, dance, and street art acts spread across 30 venues and stages

Family of Rosa Parks at Lincoln's Festival800

Act of defiance

Relatives of the late American civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks will be sharing memories about her life and legacy at Lincoln's Festival800 today.

In 1955, Rosa famously refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the coloured section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.

Her act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement, and she became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation, later collaborating with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr.

A host of national and international artists and human rights activists are visiting Lincoln for the Festival800, which is an artistic celebration of the Magna Carta and features Rosa in a giant Magna Carta sand sculpture.

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