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Another challenge for the Prescott family

The fundraising efforts started by Steve Prescott are continuing. The former St Helens rugby league star began a series of challenges after being diagnosed with bowel cancer ten years ago.
He died in November 2013. The foundation set up in his name continues to raise funds for cancer research. Now his wife, Linzi and their son Taylor are picking up the mantle by taking on Mount Everest - to raise money for the Christie, Manchester.


Mum offers teenage son for sale

Ella and son Bradley Credit: MEN

A mum’s hilarious Facebook post about her stroppy teenage son has gone viral. Tired of son Bradley's mood swings Ella Brookbank posted a ‘free to a good home’ advert on the Wilmslow Mums' group. Mother of two Ella wrote;

“Teenager - 14 years old - but thinks he’s 32 - could pass for 4 though....... “Free to a good loving home, after all we only want the best don’t we.”

She added: “Qualities include door slamming, wearing battered looking trainers in the house, spending more time on his hair than his showers, mood swings, not having the energy to hoover his room but having the energy to skateboard.

“He is polite enough but be wary about taking him out in public - because although he is used to people, you never can tell whether he’ll have a good enough social response to any situation - a soft grunt now covers most basic conversations - followed by the dreaded eye roll.”

Ella’s ‘advert’ struck a chord with other mums...sparking of hundreds of shares and comments in response.

One other mum wrote: “Um! Same in my house, same age but different sex and double the hormones! Plus a ton of makeup just to walk the dog.”

Bradley - '14 but thinks he's 32' Credit: MEN

When I made the post public I got loads of responses. All sorts of people have shared it. It was just a bit of a laugh really but I think a lot parents could relate to it. Usually people only post about the perfect moments on Facebook and sometimes you just feel like saying, actually I’ve had a really bad day with my kids. I should say I’ve got lovely kids and that my son’s behaviour isn’t malicious or anything like that. I’m very lucky...he can just be a very moody teenager at times. I just thought I’d post something about it. Loads of other people with teenagers said they had a similar experiences.

– Ella Brookbank, Bradley's mum
'Spends more time on his hair than showers' Credit: MEN

I thought it was pretty funny to be fair. Some of my friends had sent me a Snapchat of the post. I don’t think I’m that moody though.

– Bradley Brookbank
Luckily Bradley saw the funny side too Credit: MEN


Barbara Windsor to light up Blackpool

Dame Barbara Windsor will be the guest of honour at the 2016 Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On ceremony.

Dame Barbara Windsor will perform the switch on. Credit: Blackpool Council

The actor, who's starred in dozens of films and long running soap Eastenders, will pull the famous switch. It'll be part of a spectacular switch on party which will also feature Ashley Banjo and dance group Diversity.

Dance group Diversity Credit: pa

Some people say 'we want this, we want that' and I say ‘oh, I’d love to switch on the Lights in Blackpool’. I just feel a great love for it and I’m so, so thrilled to be doing it, I cannot tell you, I’m just over the moon”.

– Dame Barbara Windsor

Watch: Groom surprises bride with wedding reception dance

This is the moment a groom surprises his new bride at their wedding reception in Knowsley Hall.

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Groom, Tim Wright, 30, told bride-to-be, Sally, that he was going to football practice in the run up to their wedding when in fact he was practicing a complicated dance routine with his friends at a dance studio instead.

Guests looked on stunned as the groom and his pals went from one routine to another at the reception.

Watch: Why have the bells stopped ringing at Rochdale Town Hall?

Here's something not a lot of people might not know -it's said that Adolf Hitler admired the famous Rochdale Town Hall so much, he wanted to ship the building to Germany brick by brick.

Thankfully that never happened, but things are strangely quiet in Rochdale at the moment, as the bells have stopped ringing.

So what's going on? Does Paul Crone have the answer?

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