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Martin Mere's Swan song

Its always amazing to see the way birds will migrate on mass to a climate that suits them better. And 2,000 met up in Iceland in November with one destination on their minds. They were off to Lancashire to spend the winter at Martin Mere. And now they're here. And it's all part of the Swan Spectacular - unique to the North West.

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An icy challenge for New Years Day

Some hardy souls are taking on a new years day challenge which will be extremely chilly. Open water swimmers will be taking the plunge in Salford Quays to raise money for charity. Swimmers can do a swift 200m lap of the Uswim iceberg course or stay in as long as they feel comfortable. The water temperature is expected to be around 7 degrees C!.

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Gospel choir warms up for Christmas

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for choirs like Manchester Inspirational Voices. They're in even greater demand having won the BBC's gospel choir of the year award for 2016. Founder and director, Wayne Ellington, has been leading the choir for 10 years and has a belief in everyone's potential to sing. We'll be hearing more about them on Granada Reports later. But for now, here's a little taster of what they can do.

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Watch: Help us solve a wartime love mystery

As we mentioned on last night's programme, we're hoping you can help us solve a wartime mystery.

A cherished love letter from Dorothy to airman Harry Hughes, her sweetheart, in 1945 has been discovered in a supermarket's lost property.

It was found by Stacey Adamson, who works on the check out and she's been so taken by the letter, she's determined to find the couple or their relatives.

Tim Scott has the story:

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