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WATCH: Tough training for Panto star

Comedian Stu Francis has braved arctic conditions to get in shape for his latest role. The Bolton funnyman, best known for hosting children's show, Crackerjack, is back in his home town playing Aladdin in a production at the Macron stadium. So to prepare for his role in the panto, Stu did a training session with Bolton's players - but it was a lot tougher than he'd expected.

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WATCH: Sheep bring city centre to a halt

When someone's so famous or clever they get made a Freeman of the Borough where they come from. And they are granted a number of ancient rights. One man who found that out today was Harold Riley, the artist from Salford who's made his name painting the changing face of his home city, among other things. And his ceremony was one people won't forget in a hurry.

Liverpool bathed in a "River of Light"

Liverpool's Light festival in 2016 Credit: pa

A parade, fiery performances, street entertainment and creative workshops are on offer for visitors to enjoy ahead of Liverpool's River of Light music and fireworks spectacular. On Sunday 5th,November, Bonfire night, there will be numerous performances on the Strand and up to Princes Parade. From 5pm, Spark! will take over an area near the Pier Head with a high-impact LED drumming act, combined with kaleidoscopic lighting.

Both sides of the Mersey are set to be lit up with fireworks. For the Liverpool audience, the fireworks will be set off from huge barges floating near the water's edge on the Mersey. For the Wirral audience, the fireworks will be set off from Perch Rock New Brighton.,

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Speedo Mick's latest chilly challenge

Fundraiser and Everton fan Speedo Mick Credit: pa

A man will finish a 700 mile walk tonight in the French city of Lyon for just in time for Everton's Europa league game against the club.

Speedo Mick set off from Goodison Park more than a month ago.

He's doing it to raise money for Alder Hay Children's hospital.

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