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Final countdown for 'The Girls' London debut

The musical 'The Girls', which tells the story in song of the ladies of the Rylstone WI, who stripped for that infamous calendar nearly 18 years ago, opens in London in just over two weeks time.

Lucrezia Millarini went along to the final rehearsals - along with some of the original Calendar Girls - and managed to get a word with writers Gary Barlow and Tim Firth.

Gary Barlow's 'Yorkshire' song to accompany Yorkshire awards

Gary Barlow's new song for the musical 'Girls' will be played at White Rose Awards ceremony Credit: Press Association

Gary Barlow's 'Yorkshire' song will be played tonight at the White Rose Awards ceremony at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

The number was written by the 'Take That' star and Tim Firth for their new musical based on the Calendar Girls.

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Sneak preview: Gary Barlow's new Yorkshire anthem

For their upcoming musical, 'Girls', which is based on the original 'Calendar Girls' of the Yorkshire Dales, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth have penned a new, Yorkshire Anthem to feature in the production.

Check out a clip for rehearsals below:

Gary Barlow: I had to kick off 'Girls' at Leeds Grand

Gary Barlow, one part of the duo that is bringing a new production about the Calendar Girls to the stage, says there was nowhere else in the world he could have started the production's tour.

'Girls', which is based on the ladies of the Women's Institute in the Yorkshire Dales who stripped off to produce a calendar for charity:

Curtain goes up on young stars of "Calendar Girls" musical

Young actors from our region are about to be thrown into the spotlight, as they have just been cast in 'Girls' the musical which is based on the story of the Calendar Girls.

The young cast which includes Ben Hunter from Hull and Josh Benson from York are part of a new storyline added to the now iconic Yorkshire story as Daniel Harris reports

The original Calendar Girl

The excitement is building to the premiere of The Girls, the brand new musical from Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, based on that world famous calendar from the ladies of Rylstone WI. It all has the blessing of Angela Baker, whose late husband inspired the ladies in the first place. Daniel Harris caught up with Angela at her home in the Yorkshire Dales.

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