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Injured soldier from Merseyside leads annual Poppy Appeal vigil

Pete Dunning from Wallasey lost both his legs when he was struck by a bomb in Afghanistan Credit: PA

A former Royal Marine Commando from Merseyside was among the first to take part in a vigil marking the start of the Royal British Legion's annual fundraising campaign.

Pete Dunning from Wallasey, who lost both his legs when he was struck by a bomb in Afghanistan, was joined in his vigil, at the Cenotaph in central London, by pop star Joss Stone.

The watch was inspired by images of the repatriation of the Unknown Soldier in 1920, when guards kept a vigil at the coffin as a mark of respect.

I'm honoured to be a part of this historic event. The RBL is the nation's custodian of remembrance and this is a great way for anyone, whether they have served or not, to remember a loved one and celebrate our armed forces.

The support that the Legion has offered me since my accident has been great. They are helping me to live my life as best I can by making my day-to-day living easier.

– Pete Dunning, former Royal Marine Commando.
Joss Stone and Jeff Beck have recorded the official poppy appeal single for this year. Credit: Royal British Legion

Police to hold gun and knife amnesty on the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Constabulary will hold an amnesty for weapons next month.

The month-long amnesty will cover weapons such as firearms, ammunition, knives and swords.

Members of the public will be able to bring secured weapons and ammunition to the following police stations from November 1st:

  • Police Headquarters, Douglas
  • Ramsey Police Station
  • Castletown Police Station
  • Peel Police Station

For more information, call the Isle of Man Constabulary Firearms department on 631212.


Cannabis lights help grow Rochdale football pitch

Groundsman Oli Makin and PC Sean Goddard with a lighting rig built with equipment seized by police during cannabis raids Credit: Manchester Evening News

Lights seized from cannabis farms are now helping grow ‘the right kind of grass’ after being donated to the groundsmen at Rochdale AFC.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the equipment has allowed staff to build a lighting rig to maintain the pitch’s problem areas - saving the Dale more than £60,000.

The two metre square rig, built using old five-a-side posts, will be used to help keep the Spotland playing surface lush and green in the goal mouths and around the tunnel.

Head groundsman Oli Makin approached Rochdale police to see if they could hand over the equipment, confiscated during raids on drugs factories in the area, after hearing that Nottingham police had done something similar for Notts County.

We’re starting to use it everyday. After the game on Saturday we put it straight back on the pitch.

I know it will work so it will be a massive help.

I can’t thank the police enough - it’s benefitting them and it’s benefitting us.

– Oli Makin, Head groundsman at Rochdale AFC

Help for North West landmarks at risk

Dome of Home

Almost 60 historic sites across the region are at risk of loss or decay according to English Heritage. They have offered almost 900- thousand pounds worth of grants in the past year - to help preserve landmarks across the North West. St Peter, Paul's and Philomena's Church at New Brighton was one of those to benefit.

It says those at risk include the Long Street Methodist Sunday School and Church in Middleton, Rochdale, by the innovative Manchester architect, Edgar Wood.

But the news is not all bad. The home of Victorian novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, has been brought back to life following a lengthy campaign led by the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust.

On Merseyside the Stanley Dock was originally one of five inter-connected docks that helped to make Liverpool one of the greatest ports in the world. Now the grade II* listed North Warehouse has been converted into a hotel, with a conference centre in the former Rum Warehouse.

And the Grade II* listed Royal Insurance Building, which stood vacant for over 20 years, had suffered water penetration and theft. But developers with help from English Heritage and Liverpool City Council, have returned the Edwardian building to its original splendour.

Rare Egyptian treasures date back five thousand years

Rare Egyptian treasures

An exciting collection of Egyptian artefacts dating back 5- thousand years is being revealed to the public after being hidden away in storage for 40 years.

The collection belonged to Liverpool adventurer Anne Goodison and was acquired in the late 1800s. Around 1000 pieces were collected on trips to Egypt before the tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered. They are attracting much interest from experts.

Anne's treasure trove goes on display in a special gallery at the Atkinson in Southport.


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