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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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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:

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