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Oldham appoint new manager

Oldham have appointed Darren Kelly as their new manager, with caretaker boss Dean Holden staying on as his assistant.

The 35-year-old Northern Irishman, who represented Carlisle and York during a 20-year playing career, will officially take the reins at Park on June 1, bringing an end to his time as an academy coach at Sunderland.

Latics had been without a permanent manager since Lee Johnson left for Barnsley at the end of February, during which time Holden steered the club to a mid-table finish in Sky Bet League One.

"We are delighted to have in place a young, fresh and dynamic management team reflecting our ambitions on and off the field," chairman Simon Corney told

"From the moment we first met with him, Darren impressed the board with his infectious enthusiasm, undoubted drive and energy, and a confidence in his ability to deliver success for our football club."

Kelly said: "I am delighted that the board of Oldham Athletic Football Club have seen fit to appoint me as the club's new manager.

"It is a role that I accept with immense pride and one which I am fully focused on and committed to.

"I am looking forward to building on the achievements of Oldham Athletic and driving the club to new levels of success."

Jetski challenge for cancer charity

A man from Lancashire taking on a challenge on his jetski to raise money for Cancer charities. Steve Rathbone will be riding from Blackpool all the way to Belfast. It's after his mum Patricia was diagnosed with the disease - he says he wanted to give something back. Victoria Grimes has more:


100 years since the sinking of Lusitania

Artists impression of the sinking of the Lusitania. Credit: PA

100 years ago this week the famous Lusitania ship was sunk by German U-boats as it headed for Liverpool. Almost 1200 people died, many of them from the city.

The ship's captain William Turner, who survived after the ship went down, had received messages on the morning of the disaster that there were German submarines in the area and he altered course.

But a German sub, U-20, captained by Walther Schwieger, spotted the Lusitania 14 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale in Ireland and fired a torpedo that hit the vessel which quickly sank.

There had been time to send out an SOS and the Courtmacsherry lifeboat launched at 3pm. By the time they arrived, other rescue craft were on the scene and they were only able to pick up dead bodies. The Wanderer, a fishing boat from the Isle of Wight, managed to pick up about 200 survivors. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at St Nicolas Church.

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher tweets support for old enemy Blur

Liam Gallagher, former lead singer with Oasis, Blur's big rivals 20 years ago, has paid tribute to the band's new track Lonesome Street.

He tweeted: "Lonesome St by BLUR song of the year LG x".

Oasis and Blur dominated the headlines with their "Battle of Britpop" in the mid-1990s, with no love lost between the groups.

Gallagher also hinted recently that relations have improved with brother Noel, who walked out of Oasis in 2009 after regular rows between the two.

Liam tweeted a picture of himself in March with a backstage pass around his neck to Noel's High Flying Birds' Keep It Dangerous tour, writing "Keeping it in the family...LG x".

Blur's album The Magic Whip was announced out of the blue in February and is inspired by their travels in Asia.

It is the sixth number one album for the four-piece, comprising frontman Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

Watch: Children seen sitting on motorway reservation as cars speed past

Pictures have emerged of two children sitting on a central reservation of the M56 in Cheshire as traffic speeds past inches from them.

Worried motorists called the police after seeing the youngsters - thought to be a boy and a girl in their early teens - sprinting across the carriageway near to some woods.

Police used motorway signs to slow the traffic and sped to the scene after the alarm was raised at teatime on Sunday but the children were not found.

The incident happened close to J12 near Preston Brook in Cheshire - the same motorway stretch where Kieran Coupe, seven, and his friend Guy Davies, six, died eight years ago.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “Motorways are not places for children to play. Entering the carriageway is extremely dangerous.”


Superhero movie wish comes true for seven-year-old with heart defect

A seven-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect at birth has been granted his wish to star in his own superhero movie.

Lewis Hussain, from Sandbach in Cheshire, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and only has one functioning lung.

His condition is managed through heart surgery and medication. In between his care, Lewis's family said he loves spending time watching his favourite superheroes and wanted to star in his own film.

Thanks to Make-A-Wish and Charlotte Knight Productions, Lewis created the characters and script for his film, Trouble In Sector 51, and travelled to London with his family for a day of filming, where he starred as Fast Heat.

Mother Laura, who played Cat Woman in the film, said:

"Every day Lewis is surrounded with what he can't do; however, on the wish there were no boundaries and Lewis found new confidence, which he can take back to everyday life. The wish has helped him focus on what he can do, not what he can't."

Lewis's father, Nad, also had a starring role as Lizard Man and his brother, Noah, played Smash.

Laura added: "The work that Make-A-Wish do is absolutely fantastic and seeing the smiles on Lewis and Noah's faces was priceless. The experience has been so special and meant so much - it really did make Lewis feel like a superhero."

Make-A-Wish is celebrating World Wish Day on April 29 and is encouraging people to share Lewis's wish.

Channel Islanders who escaped to Stockport during the war prepare to return home

A group of British pensioners forced to leave their childhood homes by the Nazis are preparing to return seventy-five years on.

The Channel Islands was the only part of British soil to be occupied by the Germans and many of the families were given refuge in Stockport and stayed on after the War.

They'll be attending the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation and Wesley Smith has been to hear their stories.

Paul O'Grady threatens to leave country for Venice if Conservatives win election

Birkenhead comedian threatens to leave the country if the Conservatives win the election Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Liverpool comedian Paul O’Grady has said he will move to 'a Lido in Venice' if the Tories win Thursday's general election.

The TV presenter fro Birkenhead, who's supporting Labour in the election, threatened to leave the country during a rally for the party in London yesterday saying:

'I cannot live under this Conservative...this coalition anymore.'

He also complained about the treatment of working class people and the state of hospitals in the country.

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