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6-year-old prize-winner wins over crowd with acceptance speech

The perfect acceptance speech always wins over the audience, and that's exactly what this little girl did when she received her award.

6-year-old Alisha Cowell was named Primary School Pupil of the Year at the Lancashire Telegraph's School Awards last night.

Then after politely asking if she could read a speech she had written the Shadsworth Infant School star thanked her head-teacher for picking her for the award.

Hopefully one day she'll win an Oscar and come up with another gem of an acceptance speech.


Super Shed scoops a top prize

For most of us a shed is a fairly tatty building at the bottom of the garden where we keep tools and junk. But that's certainly not the case for one shed owner on Merseyside.

Tracy Lewis' Owl House

This is the Owl House by Tracy Lewis from Hightown, Sefton. And her rather spectacular design has won her the Eco Category in the 2015 annual Shed of the Year competition... Resembling an owl due to the unique curved wooden window frames, its made entirely from cob, recycled plywood and collected recycled glass bottles and even has a grass roof. Used for relaxing in, it contains a bed and comfy chairs and overlooks the dunes at Hightown.

Marathon man's big freeze!

Deputy head Steve Hill is just back from one of the world's toughest marathons. He braved temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees to complete 26 miles at the North Pole after being set the challenge by pupils at his school, St Joseph's RC Primary School in Shaw, Oldham.

Steve braved sub zero conditions to compete the marathon Credit: Steve Hill


Detective takes on charity challenge for Nepal

A Liverpool detective left unable to walk after a back operation is taking on a ground-breaking challenge to raise money for a global children’s charity. Jane Sargeant, who is based at Merseyside Police’s St Anne’s Street station, will walk nearly two kilometres around two large office buildings using a wheeled walking frame.

Jane was left unable to walk after a back operation Credit: Plan UK

It will be the furthest distance she has walked since an operation to untether her spinal cord three years ago left her without the use of her legs. Jane's taking on the challenge to raise money to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

You can donate here to the charity Plan UK who Jane is supporting in her challenge.

You can donate to Jane's own page here

Liverpool gears up to greet Three Queens

The three cruise liners come together this weekend Credit: ITV News

Merseyside is gearing up to greet three of the world's most famous cruise liners. The Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria arrive on the Mersey over the bank holiday. Tonight there'll be a special light show projected on the Three Graces the iconic buildings on the waterfront before the first liner arrives on Sunday.

A light show will be projected on the Three Graces at Liverpool waterfront from 10pm tonight Credit: PA

Edward's elephant pushes the boat out

A rather unusual (and rather large) piece of artwork is to go on display on Merseyside. It will stand three metres high in an 11 metre-long Viking boat, Its called Edwards Elephant and its going to a focal point of Kirkby town centre. To see more click here.

The artwork celebrates Kirkby’s history and the poetry of Edward Lear. Residents wanted the boat to represent Kirkby’s past as a Viking settlement, while the elephant – known for its memory – was important to them in remembering the town’s history and how it was created.

I wanted Edward’s Elephant to reflect the warmth and humour that I have encountered in Kirkby. I hope that people will see it as a friendly and fun presence in the town

– Geoff Wood, Artist
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