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World Book Day comes to Lancashire

Thousands of children will get to meet some of their favourite authors at a special event to mark World Book day. 98 schools across the North West are taking part and will get to chat to authors at Preston North End. Frank Cottrell Boyce, famous for scriptwriting as well as children'sbooks will be in attendance. Also Cressida Cowell, who's books How to Train a Dragon have been made into two successful Hollywood movies.

How to train a Dragon has spawned 2 films starring America Ferrara (pictured) Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire


Mersey ferry to get some razzle dazzle

One of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned to "dazzle" a Mersey ferry.

The rather distinctive paint job is a joint project involving Tate Liverpool and other city art institutions.

The idea behind a dazzle paint scheme goes back to World War One to mislead the enemy.

Each ship's dazzle pattern was unique in order to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognisable to German U- boats and aircraft.

The work is being carried out at Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead Credit: Tate Liverpool

Let them eat cake

Cake lovers and enthusiasts will be heading to Manchester for the Cake International event. The show, which is on for three days at Event City, takes in all aspects including decorating, baking and sugar craft. Some of the world's top bakers will give tips on how to improve your own cakes and there's an intriguingly titled session called 50 Shades of Cake!

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John Lennon's mother's home to go under the hammer

The former home of John Lennon's mother will be going up for auction. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton, Liverpool, was where Lennon’s mum Julia lived when he was a teenager. It's due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31 2015.

Lennon's mum lived here when he was a teenager Credit: ITV Granada

Lennon lived with his aunt Mimi nearby and was a frequent visitor to the house. His aunt is reported to have referred to John's mum's home as the "House of Sin."

Actress to be honoured by her home town

Julie Hesmondhalgh is to become a Freeman of the borough Credit: PA

Former Coronation Street Julie Hesmondhalgh, will receive the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Hyndburn. It's the Lancashire borough's highest honour and a special ceremony will be held at Accrington and Rossendale college where Julie studied. Julie was born in Accrington and became a household name playing Hayley Cropper in the Street for many years.

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