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Music stars head to Liverpool for festival

A heavyweight line up will be performing at this weekend's international music festival in Liverpool. 200 acts will be playing including home grown talent like Ian Broudie from the Lightning Seeds, The Farm and Marsha Ambrosius.

Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds
Ian Broudie will be performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Credit: PA

Other acts performing include Boy George, Shaggy and Kid Creole with events taking place at Sefton Park and St George's Hall.


100 graves found during tram dig

Metrolink building site Credit: MEN Syndication

Metrolink engineers building a new city centre tram crossing have discovered the remains of over 100 people under Cross Street.

The grim but fascinating discovery was made during test digs six months ago for the Second City Crossing, it has emerged.

The remains are thought to have been buried around 200 years ago by members of the Cross Street Chapel, part of the Unitarian Church.

But the site, directly beneath where the new tracks will be laid, has now been temporarily closed off, while archaeologists work to excavate the bodies. They will be interred elsewhere, possibly at Manchester’s Southern Cemetery. Read more here.

Travel advice ahead of Manchester pride festival

Manchester's Pride Parade.
Manchester's Pride Parade.

Manchester is getting ready for it's annual pride festival.

There is a music event tonight and thousands of people are expected to turn out over the weekend for a parade.

The police have issued a number of road closures to help the public when planning journey's over the bank holiday.

- The Village area around Chorlton Street and Sackville Street will be closed to traffic throughout the weekend from Friday morning 22rd to Tuesday morning 26th August.

- As a result, bus services 219, 219N, 220, 221, X40, X41, X43, Terravision A40, Transpeak and Metroshuttle 1 will be diverted around the area. - The main parade will take place on Saturday 23 August from 1pm, travelling along Liverpool Road, Deansgate, John Dalton Street, Princess Street and Whitworth Street.

This will mean road closures from 6am on Saturday continuing until the parade finishes by 6pm. Parking restrictions will be in place within the closed routes.


We're getting so excited for the Love Parade, we can't wait to see the outfits & floats you've planned! #feelthelove


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Granada Weather - Friday

Seven Acres Country Park by PETER HUNTER of Bolton
Seven Acres Country Park by PETER HUNTER of Bolton

A better day compared to Thursday for most areas - more sunshine and fewer showers.

Overall a dry and bright picture with long sunny spells and just a few isolated showers around.

It will be cool again, in a northwesterly breeze, with highs around 16°C.

Children go hungry during school holidays

Pupils in the North West are going hungry during the school holidays according to new figures. Kellog's claim almost 20 per cent of parents struggle to feed their children three meals a day and over a quarter claim the holidays put an extra burden on their food budget.. Victoria Hale, from Manchester, said making ends meet is often difficult


'Less hassle at smaller airports' claims survey

Air travellers should head for the smaller airports to avoid holiday hassles, according to a Which? survey.

While some of the UK's biggest airports scored customer satisfaction ratings of under 50% in the survey, the smaller ones had scores of between 78% and 85%.

More than 7,000 Which? members were asked to rate airports on a number of categories, including including pick-up and drop-off, seating provision, queues at security, passport control and baggage reclaim.

Small airports were deemed to be those that handled fewer than four million passengers a year, while large ones were those through which more than four million passengers passed each year.

The survey showed that of the small airports, like Blackpool scored 80%.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: "The message from travellers is clear - larger airports continue to let people down on the basics, from baggage reclaim to food outlets.

"People deserve an enjoyable break without any stress, so we want to hear from consumers so that we can help to stop the holiday hassles."

Full Report: Britain's last surviving ship of the Falklands War - making it's last journey

Campaigners on Merseyside fighting to save an historic warship say they're not giving up, even though the vessel's on its way to the scrapyard.

It was on HMS Plymouth where the surrender document was signed at the end of the Falklands conflict.

She's spent the past decade at the docks in Birkenhead, whose owners say her condition has deteriorated so badly they've no choice but to dispose of the warship.

But the HMS Plymouth Trust hope a last-minute legal challenge could save her as Daniel Hewitt reports:

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