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Liverpool gears up to greet Three Queens

The three cruise liners come together this weekend Credit: ITV News

Merseyside is gearing up to greet three of the world's most famous cruise liners. The Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria arrive on the Mersey over the bank holiday. Tonight there'll be a special light show projected on the Three Graces the iconic buildings on the waterfront before the first liner arrives on Sunday.

A light show will be projected on the Three Graces at Liverpool waterfront from 10pm tonight Credit: PA

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Edward's elephant pushes the boat out

A rather unusual (and rather large) piece of artwork is to go on display on Merseyside. It will stand three metres high in an 11 metre-long Viking boat, Its called Edwards Elephant and its going to a focal point of Kirkby town centre. To see more click here.

The artwork celebrates Kirkby’s history and the poetry of Edward Lear. Residents wanted the boat to represent Kirkby’s past as a Viking settlement, while the elephant – known for its memory – was important to them in remembering the town’s history and how it was created.

I wanted Edward’s Elephant to reflect the warmth and humour that I have encountered in Kirkby. I hope that people will see it as a friendly and fun presence in the town

– Geoff Wood, Artist

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Plastic fantastic

It's Record Store day once again - a chance for music lovers to celebrate all things vinyl and the tunes that go with it. A short documentary has been made featuring a Preston record shop that specialises in vinyl. And according to Clint Boon, radio DJ and the man who played keyboards for the Inspiral Carpets, there's no comparison between CD's and records. As he explains here to Granada Reports' Tim Scott.

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Sinatra anniversary tribute at the Trafford Centre

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Frank Sinatra. Before he hit the big time, he toured the North West back in the 1950s.

Now a trio of crooners will be singing 100 of Sinatra's hits back to back in front of shoppers at the Trafford Centre in tribute to him.

To find out more visit www.sinatrathon.com or follow @sinatrathon on Twitter.

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