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Rugby players support Tony Barrow's cancer fight

Tony Barrow is fighting cancer Credit: ITV News

A special rugby match is being played later to support one of the star's of the sport. Tony Barrow has been diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 43. He could have only months to live. Later stars of the sport past and present will play in a Testimonial match to help raise money for Tony's treatment. Its at Thatto Heath at 3pm today.

Liverpool's ship-shape for fashion world record

The Queen Mary 2 will dock in Liverpool this weekend for the event Credit: PA

Liverpool continues to mark the 175th anniversary of the Cunard shipping line this weekend with a world record attempt. A catwalk will be set up at the Pierhead and it's hope more than 3084 models from all walks of life will strut their stuff down it. The current Guiness World Record for the biggest catwalk is held by Mexico. The catwalk will be in the shadow of Cunard's liner Queen Mary 2 which will be docked at the city's cruise terminal on the Mersey.

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Manchester's culture takes centre stage

Maxine Peake Credit: PA

This weekend is the first of the Manchester International Festival with acts and events from all genres drawing crowds to the city. North West actress Maxine Peake is starring in the The Striker at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Blur star Damon Albarn's musical wonder.land is another highlight. It's loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and runs at the Palace Theatre. For information go to http://www.mif.co.uk/

Blur frontman Damon Albarn wrote the music for wonder.land Credit: PA

Quo to rock Hoghton Tower for Lancashire hospice

When you're trying to raise money for a good cause, there's nothing like a bit of celebrity backing.

It's something the good people at St Catherine's Hospice in Lancashire realised a few years ago.

Their symphony in the park concert has become a very popular annual feature involving some massive celebrity names.

And for this year's event, to mark the hospice's 30th year, the headline act are none other than legendary rockers Status Quo.

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Labour leadership candidates clash on the economy in Manchester

The four candidates for the leadership of the Labour Party have appeared together for the first time in the North West since the General Election.

The front runner is still Andy Burnham, the Leigh MP and shadow health secretary, though polls suggest his rivals are closing in.

Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt was at the event in Manchester.

The North West remembers Tunisia victims

It's one week since a gunman opened fire at a beach resort in Tunisia.

38 people died, including 30 Britons.

Among them, Denis and Elaine Thwaites from Blackpool.

Today the north west fell silent as a mark of respect.

In the Thwaites' home town, hundreds gathered to join thousands across the country to remember those who died.

Our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports:-

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Burnham appears alongside Labour leadership candidates

The four candidates for the leadership of the Labour Party have appeared together for the first time in our region since the general election.

The front runner is still Andy Burnham, the Leigh MP and shadow health secretary, though polls suggest his rivals are closing in.

As our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt explains, the contest is not only for Labour's top job - but could also produce the next Prime Minister:

Battle for bravery medal for late Falklands veteran

Campaigners have marched to Downing Street to ask for recognition of the bravery of a soldier from Wirral who died in the Falklands campaign.

Paratrooper Stewart Mclaughlin was killed in the battle for Mount Longdon near the end of the conflict.

His family say his bravery has never been recognised.

They're asking the government to award him a posthumous bravery medal.

Tim Scott reports:

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