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Priscilla to show her wicked side

A touch of Hollywood glamour is coming to the region for the pantomime season. Manchester's Opera House is staging Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, recently voted the nation's favourite fairy tale. And the wicked queen is being played by none other than Priscilla Presley.

Priscilla played the Queen in panto in London in 2012 Credit: PA

Priscilla, who famously married the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley is also known for her role in the Naked Gun films and in Dallas. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starts at the Opera House on the 5 December 2014.

Cyclist set to ride 'Tour de France' route on Chopper

Dave Sims on his Raleigh Chopper Credit: ITV Granada

A fitness coach from Southport is set to ride the entire 3,500km Tour de France 2015 route on his Raleigh Chopper. He is currently in training for the gruelling challenge on his bike which is worth just £150.

I always do the Etape du Tour every year and this year I was suffering from a bit of a lack of motivation because I didn’t want to do it on my road bike again or on my mountain bike. So I started thinking ‘what can i do to make the Etape more fun?’ and I thought ‘I’ll do it on a kids bike’ to make it a bit more of a challenge.

– Dave 'Chopper Guy' Sims

Dave who is a member of Middletons cycling club in Ormskirk has completed cycling challenges before but not on a Chopper. He is raising money for Help for Heroes. For further information about Chopper Dave’s epic challenge, visit

See below for Chopper Facts

  • The bike has a choice of a single speed, three gear or five-gear hub. later models had a 10-speed hub.
  • The kick stand was added to give the bike the feel of a motorcycle
  • They cost between £32 and £55
  • A new version of the Chopper was launched in 2004


Unseen Lowry to be auctioned

'Outside the Factory' by L.S. Lowry

A Lowry painting that has never been seen in public is going up for auction.

'Outside the Factory' was owned by the Guardian journalist John Rowe Townsend.

The Salford painter gave him the artwork to express his gratitude for a profile Townsend wrote about him in The Observer.

It is expected to fetch £200,000 to £300,000 when it goes under the hammer at Sotheby's later this month.

DVLA clamps Halloween car 'driven by a zombie'

Halloween makeover - DVLA clamp Zombie car Credit: Lance Montgomery

The Anchor pub in Darwen that was given a spooky Halloween makeover has had its crashed 'zombie car' clamped by the DVLA.

Officials said its was clamped for not having any tax or statuary off road notification (SORN). The landlord says that's not all though - the car has no engine, no fuel tank and all fluids have been removed. He says its parked on private land and most of the front end has been cut off including one of the wheels.

Zombie car that's been clamped outside Halloween pub Credit: Lance Montgomery

The landlord says the DVLA have clamped the only front wheel on the car but even that's not properly attached... apparently even the zombie in the driving seat didn't put officials off.

Take a look at how The Anchor pub had one of the spookiest makeovers for Halloween.

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