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Blackpool Tower: a look back

Pop group The Misfits outside the Tower in 1964 Credit: PA Images
Corporal John Miles, formerly of the RAMC (left) and Corporal John Wallace, ex-RA, enjoying the sunshine - and a pint - in 1963 Credit: PA Images
A dog-walker in a snow covered Blackpool Credit: PA Images
The Tower and a sea-front crowded with holidaymakers in 1948 Credit: PA Images
A visitor enjoys the view from the refurbished Tower in 2011 Credit: PA Images

Harry the parrot learns to sing the Blues

He may be an African Grey, but Harry the parrot is a true Blue.

The parrot's repertoire of Manchester City football chants includes the Pablo Zabaleta song and the Yaya Toure anthem, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Owners Julie, 53, and Dave Bower, 54, and their son Andy, 28, taught three-year-old Harry all the songs he knows.

Dave, from Middleton, said:

“He copies what you say after a couple of times.

“If we win on Sunday, by Monday he’ll be singing Champione, champione, ole, ole ole - he did that when we won in 2012.”

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Warrington Wolves fan gets players' autographs tattooed on back

A Warrington Wolves fan says she will not stop getting tattoos of players' autographs until her body is covered.

Season ticket holder Amanda Atkin, 40, has a collection of 42 tattoos.

Warrington Wolves fan Amanda Atkin Credit: Warrington Guardian

The only two she is missing are loan players Kevin Penny and Chris Riley, but she hopes to get them soon.

She told the Warrington Guardian:

“I suggested I was just going to get my favourite player Richie Myler on my back but then my husband said why not get the whole team so that’s what I’ve done.

Warrington Wolves fan Amanda Atkin is carrying the squad on her back Credit: Warrington Guardian

The design on her back took two-and-half hours to complete after neat copies of each players’ autograph had been collected for what Amanda said was a painless experience.

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This Warrington Wolves fan is carrying the squad on her back

Warrington Wolves fan Amanda Atkin is carrying the squad on her back Credit: Warrington Guardian

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Video: The first Coronation Street fans to visit the old set of the soap

From today the public are being given access to the hallowed set of Coronation Street.

The old site has become a temporary attraction, now that the soap has moved to its new home at Media City in Salford.

Scores of visitors queued from first light to be the first on the famous cobbles:-

The tours will continue until October 4, 2014. For more information, go to

www.coronationstreettour.co.uk.

Picture Gallery: Corrie fans queue to be first to see old soap set

The first fans onto the famous cobbles

From today, the public are being given access to the hallowed set of Coronation Street.

The old site has become a temporary attraction, now that the soap has moved to its new home at Media City in Salford.

Corrie fans wait to see the old home of the famous ITV soap
The old set is now a temporary tourist attraction
Crowds line up to see the new attraction
Visitors have been promised some surprises on their tour
The first of many snaps to be taken today at the old Corrie set

Former Coronation Street site opens to the public

After 53 years, Coronation Street filmed its final scenes at the Quay Street Studio's on December 20th 2013. Coronation Street has now moved to its new home at MediaCityUK leaving behind the street and all of its history. The original set is opening today as an attraction.

Britain's most famous Street opens to the public this weekend

For the first time ever visitors will be able to take a guided tour inside the studio, and will be able to take have their photo taken behind the bar of the Rovers Return.

Other tour highlights will include looking behind the scenes at some of the star's dressing rooms and wardrobes, and visiting Roy's Rolls and the Kabin.

The tours will continue until October 4, 2014. For more information, go to www.coronationstreettour.co.uk.

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