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Music stars head to Liverpool for festival

A heavyweight line up will be performing at this weekend's international music festival in Liverpool. 200 acts will be playing including home grown talent like Ian Broudie from the Lightning Seeds, The Farm and Marsha Ambrosius.

Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds
Ian Broudie will be performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Credit: PA

Other acts performing include Boy George, Shaggy and Kid Creole with events taking place at Sefton Park and St George's Hall.

Matt Cardle to headline Blackpool show

Matt Cardle performing
Matt Cardle won X-Factor in 2010 Credit: PA

Matt Cardle will be performing in Blackpool on Friday 22nd August as part of Blackpool's North Pier Live. Matt is probably most famous for winning X Factor in 2010 and has since had chart success with Liverpool's Mel C. Other artists on the bill include Janet Devlin, also from X Factor and James Smith from Britain's Got Talent.

Matt and Melanie C from the Spice Girls
Matt Cardle with Mel C Credit: PA

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Hundreds try out city centre zipwire

Zipwire in Liverpool
Zipwire in Liverpool Credit: ITV

Hundreds of thrill seekers have tried out the latest new attraction in Liverpool. The UK's first city centre zip-wire launched in the city this weekend. It's nearly 1000 feet long and runs high above the city centre. Organisers say they're expecting thousands more to try it out whilst it's in town.

Robin Brown from Mellor Events gave us some statistics on the zipwire:

New attraction for thrill seekers in Liverpool

Zip wire rider sets off
Visitors to Liverpool will need a head for heights Credit: Mellors Group

The UK's first city centre zip-wire launches in Liverpool this weekend. Thrill seekers will climb a 115 foot station on Church Street and fly over shoppers on a wire at speeds of up to 40mph.

It’s going to be an amazing attraction for Liverpool and will add a real injection of excitement to our high street.

– Tracie Crosbie, Liverpool BID Company
Zip wire rider in action
Riders can reach speeds of up to 40mph Credit: Mellors Group

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Peter Kay to light up Blackpool

Blackpool lit up at night
Blackpool's famous golden mile Credit: PA

Comedian Peter Kay will be the main attraction at the big switch on in Blackpool later this month.
The Bolton funnyman will be joined by Little Mix and also veteran rockers texas who're celebrating 25 years in the music business

Peter Kay performing
Comedian Peter Kay will flip the switch at Blackpool Credit: PA

This year's illuminations will be over three nights with performances by Pixie Lott and Union J. And details are due to be announced about what new displays visitors can see this year at the resort.

Full report: Bill Roache returns to Coronation Street

The Coronation Street actor, Bill Roache, will be back on the cobbles and back on our screens tonight for the first time since he was cleared of historical sex abuse allegations.

The 82-year-old, who plays Ken Barlow, was unable to work on the soap while the court case was going on.

Tonight, fans will see his character return from Canada to find his family in tatters as son Peter sits in jail accused of murder.

Door of Sir Paul McCartney's childhood home to go under the hammer

The front door taken from the childhood home of Sir Paul McCartney
The front door taken from the childhood home of Sir Paul McCartney Credit: PA

Beatles fans are expected to pay out thousands of pounds for the chance to own the old front door from Sir Paul McCartney's childhood home.

The door, from the former Beatle's home in Forthlin Road, Liverpool, is up for auction as part of Christie's Out of the Ordinary sale on September 3 and is expected to fetch around £8,000.

McCartney's family moved to the council house in 1956 and it is where the band first rehearsed and where early hits including Love Me Do and I Saw Her Standing There were written.

The door was removed when the house was refurbished in 1978 and has passed through several hands before being offered for sale.

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