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Robbie Williams launches fashion range in Primark

Robbie Williams teams up with budget retailer Primark Credit: PA

Robbie Williams is teaming up with budget retailer Primark for a new fashion collection.

The star, whose clothing label Farrell was in danger of closing last year but was saved by Dragons' Den star Peter Jones, has launched a 30-piece collection with the firm.

Williams said he was "delighted", adding: "What a great collaboration - let's have it!"

Posh Spice: People in Manchester 'incredibly stylish'

Victoria Beckham shows off her new collection to Manchester fashionistas Credit: Manchester Evening News

A crowd of excited fans clamoured to meet superstar Victoria Beckham yesterday when she arrived at Selfridges in Manchester to show off her new fashion designs.

She unveiled her new season dresses and accessories to a private audience at the Exchange Square store.

Victoria told the Manchester Evening News:

“I think Manchester has a lot of style, a lot of culture and is such an exciting place to be. The people I have met here over the years have been incredibly stylish both in clothes and in attitude."

– Victoria Beckham


Priscilla to show her wicked side

A touch of Hollywood glamour is coming to the region for the pantomime season. Manchester's Opera House is staging Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, recently voted the nation's favourite fairy tale. And the wicked queen is being played by none other than Priscilla Presley.

Priscilla played the Queen in panto in London in 2012 Credit: PA

Priscilla, who famously married the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley is also known for her role in the Naked Gun films and in Dallas. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starts at the Opera House on the 5 December 2014.

Author shortlisted for top award

A writer's first book has been shortlisted for a top award. Carys Bray's debut novel is called 'A Song for Issy Bradley'. Its a story about how a family copes with the loss of a close relative... Carys, who's from Southport, is on the shortlist for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award. The judges described her story as a 'deeply moving story about grief and faith' The winners will be announced in January 2015.

Debut author, Carys Bray Credit: Colin McPherson


Peter Kay fundraisers sell out in minutes

Peter Kay is appearing at the Opera House in Blackpool Credit: PA

Two fundraising concerts by Peter Kay this weekend sold out in within minutes of tickets going on sale. The special Q and A sessions are at the Opera House in Blackpool and are raising cash for Salford Women's Aid. Tonight's show sold out in two and a half minutes, with demand so great that last night's performance was added. It took longer to move tickets for that one - a whole four minutes.

Noel Gallagher's anger over 'free music' fans

Noel Gallagher Credit: PA

Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher has spoken of his despair at the generation of music fans who believe they have the right to listen to music online without paying for it.

In an interview with's music site Noisey, he said:

"It infuriates me that people are more willing to sit in a coffee shop and spend a tenner on two coffees [...] and that coffee will last 45 minutes.

"Yet, they will physically get angry at you for asking them to buy an album for a tenner that will last a lifetime"

– Noel Gallagher
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