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What ever happened to the Waltons ?

30 years ago the birth of six baby girls from Liverpool made history. The Walton sextuplets are the only surviving all girl sextuplets in the world and have spent the majority of their lives in the spotlight.

Now a new documentary series has been made by ITV catching up with the young women and their parents Graham and Janet - who told Granada Reports....

"If you're pregnant with six and you have six its best to just get on with it"

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The giant army wants you!

Memories of August 1914 will be a huge street theatre event Credit: Liverpool City Council

It promises to be one of the biggest pieces of street entertainment ever seen in Liverpool, and now members of the public can get involved too. Memories of August 1914 is part of the city's World War One centenary remembrance event and will see the return of the Giant puppets.

Liverpool Pals lining up to enlist Credit: Liverpool City Council

Part of it will focus on the recreation of the recruitment of the Liverpool Pals battalions, which saw men volunteer alongside their family members, neighbours and work colleagues, signing up to defend Britain. Now organisers want 120 volunteers to play the part of those soldiers.

Original recruitment poster Credit: Liverpool City Council

Alicia Smith, from Liverpool City Council said, “The Pals are a huge part of Liverpool’s history and it would have been impossible for us to re-tell a story about the outbreak of the Great War and its impact on Liverpool, without including them." Find out how to get involved here.

Baby Amelie to hear sound for the first time

A baby who was born deaf is set to hear for the very first time. Little Amelie Ring has already had surgery to insert bilateral cochlear implants - a surgical device providing sound for a person who's profoundly deaf.

Now experts at Manchester University will switch on the implants meaning the little girl will hear for the first time in her life.

When they're first activated, Amelie should be able to hear a whisper sound and that will hopefully get louder as the weeks go by.

Her mum, Vicky said "It'll be interesting to see how she reacts, I just hope she likes it. It's going to be very emotional."

Co-op set to post huge losses

The Co-operative Group which was founded in Rochdale is expected to post losses as high as £2.5 billion as it faces more pain from the biggest crisis in its history.

Former City minister Lord Myners, who has drawn up proposals for a major reform of the business, pinned the blame for the disastrous figures on former managers "who were allowed to run amok like kids in a sweet shop".

He said in an article in the Daily Mirror: "They bought up businesses willy-nilly - from Britannia Building Society to Somerfield supermarkets - and made catastrophically inept decisions over and over again. In the process they crippled the group with huge debt."

The Queen to visit Blackburn Cathedral

The Queen will hand out Maundy money to pensioners Credit: PA

Every year at Easter Her Majesty presents special 'Maundy money' to local pensioners in a UK cathedral or abbey. Today crowds are expected to gather in Blackburn for the Queen's visit to the town's cathedral to continue an ages old tradition.

Thousands are expected to give the Queen a warm welcome Credit: PA

If you're having a day out to see the Queen and you're planning on taking some pictures we'd love to see them. You can E mail them to granada.reports@itv.com or tweet them to @granadareports.

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Binge drinking linked to liver disease in young people

A leading specialist in the North West has warned that binge drinking is fuelling an explosion of liver disease among young people.

Sir Ian Gilmore from Liverpool University says more young people are being treated for the disease, which is usually found in adults who have been drinking heavily for years.

Sir Ian Gilmore has warned that binge drinking is fuelling an explosion of liver disease among young people. Credit: Press Association

He told the Tonight programme: "If a youngster said to me a bottle of vodka wouldn't kill me then I would say to them that you are taking a large quantity of a sedative drug, it's like taking an overdose of valium or shooting a large dose of heroin"

Watch Tonight: Britain's Young Drinkers on ITV1 at 7:30pm.

Previous Royal Maundy Services in North West

Every year at Easter Her Majesty presents special 'Maundy money' to local pensioners in a UK cathedral or abbey.

The traditional presentation takes place on Maundy Thursday to recognise the service of elderly people to their community and their church.

The Queen has attended several Maundy services in the North West. These took place in 1992 in Chester Cathedral, 2004 at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral and most recently in 2007 at Manchester Cathedral. Here are a few pictures from previous visits.

Queen Elizabeth II hands out maundy money during the Royal Maundy Service held at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, Thursday April 8 2004. Credit: PA/allactiondigital.com /Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
Traditional Maundy gift purses containing minted coins were handed to 78 men and 78 women, to mark the Queen's 78th year, Liverpool, 2004 Credit: PA/allactiondigital.com /Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
The Queen receives flowers outside Manchester Cathedral following the Royal Maundy Service in 2007. Credit: PA/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
The Queen with wellwishers outside Manchester Cathedral following the Royal Maundy Service in 2007. Credit: PA/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
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