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World record attempt with a difference

Blackpool will be the location for an attempt at the world's biggest beachball. The inflatable will be a replica of a normal beach ball except it'll have a diameter of 18 metres! And once inflated it'll be the same height as the White House in the U.S.A.

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Once inflated the huge ball will be rolled down Blackpool beach Credit: Brazen

Some more stats for you: It'll take a team of 9 people an hour and a half to inflate. If filled with cold water it would hold over 3.5 million pints. And if dropped from Blackpool tower it would bounce over the town's Central Pier.

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Hair today, gone tomorrow for Robbie Savage

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Former footballer Robbie Savage has donated his trademark blonde ponytail to the National Football Museum in Manchester. The hair will be handed over to the museum later.

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Savage is donating his hair to the National Football Museum. Credit: PA

His flowing locks will join a 14,000-strong collection of sporting artifacts at the museum. Savage, whose playing career included Crewe and Blackburn, joked that he decided to get his hair cut after mistaking his wife's passport for his own.

Hundreds try out city centre zipwire

Zipwire in Liverpool
Zipwire in Liverpool Credit: ITV

Hundreds of thrill seekers have tried out the latest new attraction in Liverpool. The UK's first city centre zip-wire launched in the city this weekend. It's nearly 1000 feet long and runs high above the city centre. Organisers say they're expecting thousands more to try it out whilst it's in town.

Robin Brown from Mellor Events gave us some statistics on the zipwire:

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New attraction for thrill seekers in Liverpool

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Visitors to Liverpool will need a head for heights Credit: Mellors Group

The UK's first city centre zip-wire launches in Liverpool this weekend. Thrill seekers will climb a 115 foot station on Church Street and fly over shoppers on a wire at speeds of up to 40mph.

It’s going to be an amazing attraction for Liverpool and will add a real injection of excitement to our high street.

– Tracie Crosbie, Liverpool BID Company
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Riders can reach speeds of up to 40mph Credit: Mellors Group

Online gamer raises tens of thousands for charity

A teenage online gamer has used his skills to raise thousands of pounds for a leading charity. Adam Lyne, from Sale, Greater Manchester decided to have a gaming marathon at home and while playing asked people watching to click on a link to donate money to Macmillan Cancer Support. During two twelve hour periods the 19 year old raised 50 thousand pounds.

Four little rock hyraxes are born at Chester Zoo

Four baby rock hyraxes have been born at Chester Zoo. They look like Guinea pigs but are in fact one of the closest living relatives of the elephant.

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Rock hyraxes are a close relative of the elephant. Credit: Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo’s rock hyrax mum and baby
Chester Zoo’s rock hyrax mum is five-years-old. Credit: Chester Zoo
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When the pups are born they look like miniature adults. Credit: Chester Zoo

Two local animal charities chosen for crash grant

Two animal charities in the North West have been selected to receive a £50,000 donation each from the Support Adoption For Pets charity fund.

The grant-giving charity based in Handforth selected two local organisations to benefit from the money as a way of celebrating the £10m raised since 2006. They are:

  • Carla Lane Animals in Need in Liverpool
  • Warrington Animal Welfare
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