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Merseyside pub granted listed status

The Wheatsheaf

One of Merseyside's oldest pubs is being granted listed status as part of a project by Historic England to celebrate 'overlooked' buildings.

The Wheatsheaf on Mill Lane, Merseyside is among 21 inter-war pubs being listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It was built in 1938, and the day it opened, according to local Frank Baumber, a great crowd of ale drinkers, lured by the promise of a free pint of ale, were met by campaigners who sang and preached, warning against entering the "House of the Devil".

The building is being listed as part of plans to understand and protect some of England's best pubs built between 1918 and 1939. During that time breweries across the country rebuilt thousands of pubs, spurred on by the need to appeal beyond their usual male clientele and leave behind the image of drunkenness associated with Victorian and Edwardian pubs.

The Wheatsheaf

"These inter-war pubs are more than a slice of living history, they play an intrinsic role in English culture and our local communities. I'm delighted that these pubs and their fascinating history have been protected for generations to enjoy for years to come."

– Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch

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Manchester pride festival gets underway

Manchester's pride festival gets under way today. The four day festival will see tens of thousands of people hit the city as part of annual celebrations.

This years parade will led by Sir Ian McKellen and there will be music from the likes of Dannii Minogue and Texas.

Sir Ian McKellan to lead pride march Credit: PA Images

Friday night line up:

  • 7pm - DJ Riv
  • 8pm - La Voix
  • 8.30pm - Bipolar Sunshine
  • 9.45pm - Texas

Dannii Minogue, Atomic Kitten and DJ Fresh are also performing. Click for more. Because of roadworks the route will be different this year. See the map below for details.

New parade map Credit: Manchester Pride

Funeral of Salford's 'Mr Big'

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The funeral's taking place later of a man dubbed Salford's Mr Big. Paul Massey, who was 55 was shot at his home. He's served time in jail for a stabbing, but had also stood to be mayor of his home city.
Hundreds are expected at the funeral service at St Paul’s CE Church off Churchill Way near the estate where Paul Massey grew up.

Plans revealed for Blackpool museum

Plans revealed for Blackpool museum

The history of Blackpool is set to be put on display at a special museum in the town. Plans will be put on show at the Winter Gardens on Friday and Saturday giving people a taster of what the museum could include.

On show will be quintessential parts of Blackpool's history, including a Blackpool Tower building challenge, a 1920s singing booth and large screen projections of Blackpool through the ages.

"I think people will be pleasantly surprised by some of the shows and exhibitions on offer, which are a bit different from regular museums.

"Not only will this museum be a great addition to our long list of top-class attractions, it will also create real, full-time jobs and bring more people in to the fabulous Winter Gardens.

"We also hope that locals will enjoy the story that the museum tells, which will help to foster even more civic pride in this great town."

– Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council
Opportunities to help shape the museum

In May 2014, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Blackpool Council announced a £1.6m pot of money to start developing how a Blackpool Museum would look. Since then staff have spoken to over 2,500 people in Blackpool and across the country to develop the museum.

If approved, it'll be located at the Winter Gardens, creating around 80 new jobs. A decision is expected next year.

Barton signs for Burnley

Joey Barton Credit: pa

Championship side Burnley have announced that they've signed Joey Barton.
Barton, who spent 5 years at Manchester City between 2002 and 2007, has agreed to a one year deal with the Clarets. Burnley manager Sean Dyche said on the club's website “I’m delighted that we have Joey on board. He was very respectful when speaking about our club at the end of last season and during the summer."

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Everton reject John Stones transfer request

John Stones. Credit: Press Association Images

Statement from Everton FC:

"Everton Football Club has rejected a transfer request from John Stones. Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. John is not for sale and he will remain a highly valued member of our first team squad."

Bill Kenwright

Chairman, Everton Football Club

United Utilities lifts boil water notice for 80,000 Lancashire homes

United Utilities say they have lifted the boil water notice for 80,000 homes in parts of Lancashire, around a quarter of those affected by the cryptosporidium outbreak.

The boil water restriction has been lifted for Credit: PA Images

Residents in parts of Blackpool, Chorley and Preston will be able to use their water without boiling it.

More than 250,000 residents are still having to boil their water, and United Utilities say they must check their postcode on their website.

Customers can also call a freephone number on 0800 912 7241.

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