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Campaign over 'embarrassing' Christmas Tree

The embarrasment of Mottram Christmas Tree Credit: Tim Jackson

A Facebook group has been set up to decry the Christmas Tree in Mottram - Tim Jackson who posted the photo says - In all it's glory!! Tourists are startin to turn up now it's dark!! Lol!

Other comments on the page plead for it to be taken down because it is so embarrassing.

Oh I'm so glad there is a page for this. I waited patiently and didn't complain as thought it might have just been the top of the tree and the rest was coming then when I saw Christmas lights on I nearly cried

– Rivkhah Kneen

Lee Connor says its disgraceful please come and take it down and spare us the shame of driving past it everyday.


Priscilla to show her wicked side

A touch of Hollywood glamour is coming to the region for the pantomime season. Manchester's Opera House is staging Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, recently voted the nation's favourite fairy tale. And the wicked queen is being played by none other than Priscilla Presley.

Priscilla played the Queen in panto in London in 2012 Credit: PA

Priscilla, who famously married the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley is also known for her role in the Naked Gun films and in Dallas. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starts at the Opera House on the 5 December 2014.

Cyclist set to ride 'Tour de France' route on Chopper

Dave Sims on his Raleigh Chopper Credit: ITV Granada

A fitness coach from Southport is set to ride the entire 3,500km Tour de France 2015 route on his Raleigh Chopper. He is currently in training for the gruelling challenge on his bike which is worth just £150.

I always do the Etape du Tour every year and this year I was suffering from a bit of a lack of motivation because I didn’t want to do it on my road bike again or on my mountain bike. So I started thinking ‘what can i do to make the Etape more fun?’ and I thought ‘I’ll do it on a kids bike’ to make it a bit more of a challenge.

– Dave 'Chopper Guy' Sims

Dave who is a member of Middletons cycling club in Ormskirk has completed cycling challenges before but not on a Chopper. He is raising money for Help for Heroes. For further information about Chopper Dave’s epic challenge, visit

See below for Chopper Facts

  • The bike has a choice of a single speed, three gear or five-gear hub. later models had a 10-speed hub.
  • The kick stand was added to give the bike the feel of a motorcycle
  • They cost between £32 and £55
  • A new version of the Chopper was launched in 2004
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