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The Royal Lancashire show back!

Organisers of this year's Royal Lancashire Show are hoping it will be a success after a decade of problems. The event, run by Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society, will feature an educational theme instead of livestock competitions.

Credit: Royal Lancashire Show

Despite a forecast of rain organisers have taken steps to ensure it will not be a washout.

Award for Lancashire lad with 100% attendance for seven years

A primary school pupil from Lancashire has been given an award after not missing a day of school for the last seven years.

Mark Renwick hasn't missed a day of school in seven years Credit: Renwick family

Mark Renwick, from Padiham, hasn't missed a day of school in seven years at Padiham Green School.

Mark's mum Julie said: "My son not missing a single day throughout his seven years, since his first day of school in reception is remarkable.

"Not only because he is the only child nationally to achieve it ever!"

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Poet Lemn Sissay elected Chancellor of University of Manchester

Lemn Sissay Credit: University of Manchester

The poet Lemn Sissay has been announced as the next Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

He fought off competition from former Labour cabinet minister Lord Peter Mandelson and Halle Music Director Sir Mark Elder to win.

Sissay will take up the mostly ceremonial post at the beginning of August from current Chancellor Tom Bloxham MBE.

He said:

“Reach for the top of the tree and you may get to the first branch but reach for the stars and you'll get to the top of the tree. My primary aim is to inspire and be inspired. "

“I am proud to be Chancellor of this fantastic University and extremely grateful to everyone who voted for me.”

– Lemn Sissay

Mother to talk at justice conference

Janet Cunliffe (centre in glasses) has campaigned for her son's release Credit: ITV News

Campaigners against what they believe are miscarriages of justice are meeting for a conference in Wigan later. Speakers will include Janet Cunliffe who is campaigning for the release of her son Jordan.

Jordan Cunliffe has been refused leave to appeal against his sentence Credit: Cheshire Police

He was 16 when he was jailed in 2008 for the murder of Garry Newlove.

The Warrington father was kicked to death outside his home. Earlier this year the High Court rejected Jordan Cunliffe's bid to have his 12 year minimum sentence reduced. Today's conference is held at Wigan's old law courts.

Garry Newlove died in a gang attack outside his home in Warrington Credit: Cheshire Police
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