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Sir Bobby Charlton goes back to school

One of the most famous footballers of all time went back to school today.

Sir Bobby Charlton and his wife Lady Norma were in Middleton in Greater Manchester for a special ceremony.

Sir Bobby meets Middleton Technology School students Credit: ITV Granada

They were signing up the latest school to the Manchester United Foundation, which works to educate, motivate and inspire young people.

And as our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports, the town has special memories for the VIP visitors:

Sir Bobby Charlton launches Manchester United Foundation partner school

Sir Bobby meets PE students Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada

Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has launched the latest Manchester United Foundation partner school, at Middleton Technology School.

Sir Bobby speaking to head teacher of Middleton Technology School Allison Crompton Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada


Alan Turing film nominated for eight Oscars

A film based on the work of the genius mathematician Alan Turing, who developed some of the world's first computers when he worked at Manchester University, has been nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture.

Alan Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game Credit: Manchester University/PA

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and follows his work cracking the Enigma code during the Second World War.

The film is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director among others, while starts Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.


Firefighters tackle elderly winter cold crisis

The elderly are more vulnerable in colder months Credit: PA

Fifty older people in Greater Manchester are getting help from the Fire and Rescue service to stay warm and well fed this winter. The service is launching Safe4winter campaign. A fire engine will deliver hampers of food today and firefighters will give advice on keeping safe. Firefighters are also urging other members of the public to look out for relatives and friends.

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Some of our high schools just aren't good enough

There are parts of the North West where two thirds of high schools are not good enough. In the annual Ofsted report, chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw says parents in St Helens, Blackpool and Oldham should "rightly worry" about the schools their children go to. Teachers say they need time and space to deal with the problems.

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