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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?


Wallabies 'thriving' in the wild on the Isle of Man

Wallabies are thriving in the IOM Credit: ITV Granada

Wallabies, normally associated with Australia, are thriving in the Isle of Man. Ever since a pair escaped from a wildlife park in the Curraghs in the 1960s researchers believe there are more than a- hundred living in the wild. Researchers have been monitoring them with hidden cameras ... to see their affect on the environment. Paige Havlin is a Wallaby researcher.

Marking 150 years since Beatrix Potter's birth

A special set of Royal Mail stamps marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter go on sale later. Potter, who made her home in the Lake District, is one of our most popular and celebrated children's authors. She's responsible for introducing millions of children to Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle Duck and many more.

The stamps are to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth Credit: Royal Mail
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