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Bishop rededicates historic cross in St Peter’s Square

The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, has led a ceremony to bless the historic St Peter’s Square cross, acknowledging the former religious importance of the area as the square’s transformation celebrates its final phase. The cross marks the site of the St Peter’s Square church that stood on the spot from 1788, from which the Square is named (then known as St Peter’s Fields), until 1907.

St Peter's Church in 1907 Credit: Manchester City Council

Since 2013, St Peter’s Square has been the site of huge transformation, including the Metrolink expansion, a new St Peter’s Square tram stop and the relocation of the cenotaph. Work is expected to be completed in the next few months.

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Threat of strike action by nuclear staff

Union leaders representing thousands of nuclear workers are to discuss calling a strike ballot in a row over pensions. Staff at firms in Warrington and Cumbria are among 16000 workers at 19 sites facing cuts according to unions. They claim the Nuclear Decommisiong Authority has to make savings of £660million.

Staff working at Sellafield, Cumbria are among those who may be affected Credit: pa

The unions said the Government's expectation is that the final salary pension schemes in place across the NDA estate will be reformed by April 2018. They're describing the cuts as an attack on the pensions of nuclear workers and their communities. Unions are expected to meet within the next few days.

Doddy opens new look market

Liverpool funnyman Ken Dodd is opening a new look market in the city. Doddy is the guest of honour at the opening of St Johns Market. Its been closed since July for a 2 million pound refurbishment.

Artist's impression of the new look St John's Market Credit: Liverpool City Council

Traders and shoppers had complained that the market had a dated 70's feel prompting the refurbishment.
There will be a new modernised entrance on Elliot Street, and an increase in the number of stalls – up from 120 to 140 traders, as well as space for ‘pop-up’ specialist markets such as antiques, craft or vintage clothing.

Ken Dodd will open the new market Credit: pa

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48 hour strike at Fujitsu gets underway

Fujitsu has sites in Manchester, Crewe and Warrington Credit: GTV

A third wave of strikes is getting underway at Fujitsu sites in the North West.

The computer company has operations in Manchester, Crewe and Warrington. Up to three hundred members of UNITE are expected to take part in the 48 hour walkout in a dispute over pay, pensions and job security.

The union say that the company plans to cut 1800 jobs.

The strike action has also been accompanied by work to rule and an overtime ban by union members.

WATCH: Liverpool ONE's Christmas lights switch on

Liverpool’s festive season is now well underway following the illumination of the city’s iconic Christmas tree.

The city was brought to life with confetti, snow, live music, theatrical and aerial performances and street entertainment to officially mark the start of Christmas.

Thousands of people gathered in Paradise Street to see the lighting of Liverpool ONE’s 30 metre Christmas tree.

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