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Little chefs cook up a storm

In these days of fast food and takeaways, it appears we've lost the art of cooking. But a school in Salford is teaching its pupils that making a meal is fun and actually not that difficult. So add a top chef, some over excited children and throw our reporter Paul Crone into the mix, and you've got a recipe for disaster.



'Gary's Girls' are heading to Salford

Credit: The Lowry

Gary's Girls are coming to the Lowry theatre in Salford with extra dates added due to public demand. The musical from Gary Barlow and Tim Firth called The Girls is based on the play Calendar Girls.

The plot is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands.

Take That star Gary Barlow and playwright Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the north west and have been friends for 25 years.

Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) will receive monies from this musical. The musical is coming to The Lowry in January.

The pen that ended World War 2

A simple pen with an amazing WWII story is to be displayed in Chester. On September 2nd 1945 the pen was used by US General Douglas MacArthur to sign a formal surrender ceremony that, following Japan’s surrender, effectively brought an end to World War II.

The pen used to sign the papers that ended World War 2

Lt General Percival was in charge of forces in Malaysia that fell to the Japanese in 1942. Forced to surrender, he was held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. After Japan’s surrender in WWII, MacArthur secured Percival’s release and bought him on board the USS Missouri to witness the Japanese signing the surrender. MacArthur then presented the pen to Percival.

At the end of the war, General Percival was part of the Cheshire Regiment and Yeomanry and he donated the pen to the regiment before his death in 1966.

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