In the run up to the Grand National the Royal Mail has launched a new set of stamps in tribute to some horse racing legends. The stamps feature original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK race courses over six decades Horses making up the set include Red Rum, Shergar and Desert Orchid.
The stamps launch in the year marking the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s history-making third Grand National win. Known as the ‘Sport of Kings’, it was due to the 17th-century patronage of James I of England (James VI of Scotland) and Charles I that Newmarket in Suffolk developed into the home of organised horse racing.
A collection of photographs by Beatrix Potter's father are expected to pick up thousands of pounds at an auction house in Cumbria.Read the full story ›
A sports car owned by George Harrison for four years from new is the star lot in Omega Auctions Beatles Auction taking place later. The car is expected to sell for over £20,000.
Various Beatles themed memorabilia is up for grabs including previously unseen footage of the band.
There's also a record inner sleeve with doodles and drawings by John Lennon, 1974. The sketches, in black felt pen, are believed to have been John's initial ideas for the cover of his "Walls and Bridges" album.
This is one story that may cause some controversy - where is the best place to live in the North West? Well according to the Sunday Times its Knutsford in Cheshire.
Judges on the panel used a wide range of criteria including jobs, exam results and broadband speed, community spirit and local shops and culture.
Perhaps in a move to keep the good people of our region happy, a number of other areas of the north west were also voted as among the best places to live in Britain. Here are some of them in no particular order.
- WEST KIRBY
- KIRBY LONSDALE
A search and rescue team dog from Cheshire is being given the animal equivalent of an OBE. Bryn the Border Collie, is receiving the PDSA Order of Merit. He's saved countless lives searching disaster sites for survivors across the world.
Working with UK’s International Search and Rescue Team, Bryn was deployed to Japan in 2011 after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, and Nepal (2015) following the earthquake which killed and injured thousands. Steve Buckley is Bryn's handler.
With the help of poet Mark Ward we are continuing our look at the accents of the North West.
Our reporter Adam McClean turns his attention to the sounds of Lancashire:
Westlife's Brian McFadden and Boyzone's Keith Duffy have joined forces to become Boyzlife and are bringing their show to the North West.
Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd has a royal appointment at Buckingham Palace later, to receive his Knighthood. The 89 year old from Knotty Ash was given the accolade in the New Years Honours List.
5 CLASSIC DODDY ONE-LINERS
- My Dad knew I was going to be a comedian. When I was a baby he said, 'Is this a joke?"
- Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn's cocktail party? He pulled a mussel.
- I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for eighteen months. I don't like to interrupt her.
- I told the Inland Revenue I didn't owe them a penny because I lived near the seaside.
- 5 out of every 3 people have trouble understanding fractions
ITV Granada's Good Morning Britain newsreader Natasha Carter shares her favourite pancake recipe on Shrove Tuesday.Read the full story ›
A schoolboy with a head for heights has followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather by taking to the skies to pilot a plane.Read the full story ›