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Red Arrows ride to open at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Red Arrows Credit: PA

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is to open a new ride based on the Red Arrows.

The Red Arrows Sky Force ride will stand 72ft high and take riders on a 360-degree tour of the skies.

Thrill-seekers will step into their very own Red Arrows cockpit, taking control of the plane and spin, glide and take formation in their very own display.

Deputy Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach Nick Thompson, said:

We cannot wait to launch our new ride for the 2015 season.

“We are the first amusement park in the UK to work with the Red Arrows on such an exciting project and we know it will be something unique for thrill-seekers to experience.

– Deputy Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach Nick Thompson


Beatle's terraced home sold for £156,000

The childhood terraced home in Liverpool of the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has sold at auction Credit: PA

The childhood terraced home in Liverpool of the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has sold at auction for £156,000.

The property, at 25 Upton Green in the Speke area, was the musician's home for a decade from 1949 after his parents Harold and Louise moved in following an 18-year spell on the council house waiting list.

The three-bedroom home was sold at the city's Cavern Club by Countrywide Property Auctions, which last year famously auctioned the house of another Beatle - John Lennon.

Childhood homes of Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney at Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool have been acquired by the National Trust for fans to visit.

Earlier this year another auction at the Cavern Club saw the sale of one of the band's earliest know photos playing at the legendary club.

The Liverpool terraced house sold at auction for £156,000. Credit: PA

Coronation Street attraction remains open

Building on it's huge succses Coronation Street the Tour will stay open into the new year Credit: Granada reports

Coronation Street the Tour will stay open for Christmas on the former Corrie cobbles at the old Quay Street site and beyond into 2015.

The attraction, which has seen over 300,000 people visit since opening in the spring of 2014, was granted a licence to continue operating into the new year.

Earlier this year Coronation street came out top in a survey of things that culturally define Manchester.

I am thrilled to announce we have been able to extend the opening of the attraction. The feedback we have received so far has been phenomenal and I’m so pleased those who have yet to experience the tour will now have the chance to.

– Juliana Delaney, Chief Executive of Continuum Leading Attractions

Although the tour will remain open longer, it will eventually close to make way for a cultural quarter, hotels and residential development by Allied London.

Tickets post October 31st will go on sale from 12noon on Monday 20th October and can be purchased here.

Iconic Abbey Road album cover images go up for sale

All six images taken for the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover are going up for sale.

Photographer Iain MacMillan had only ten minutes to take the photos, so he asked the band to cross the road a few times, before Paul McCartney chose the now iconic front cover image.

Little did fans know at the time that the album, recorded in 1969, was the last time the Fab Four would work together.


Noel Gallagher and Kate Moss to join Gogglebox charity special

Noel Gallagher and Kate Moss are among the celebrities participating in a special charity edition of Gogglebox tomorrow evening. Credit: PA

Manchester rock idol Noel Gallagher as well as supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell will be among the celebrities spending a night in front of their television's discussing their viewing on a celebrity edition of Gogglebox tomorrow evening.

The trio are among guests taking part in the charity edition which will be screened during Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer evening tomorrow and will be seen giving their verdicts on shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

Former Oasis star Gallagher explained again how his daughter Anais is unhappy that he turned down the chance to be an X Factor judge, following an invitation by Simon Cowell.

She's furious every week that it's on. She tut-tuts at the screen saying, 'That could've been you.'

"I'll never be forgiven."

– Noel Gallagher, musician.

Corrie "Defines Manchester culture and history"

The famous Rovers Return Credit: PA

Coronation St has topped a poll of what people believe most represents Manchester's history and culture. Also heading up the list was Factory records and Emmeline Pankhurst, the British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.

Mel C calls on female pop stars to have 'more dignity'

Former Spice Girl Mel C at Whatsonstage Awards Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

Former Spice Girl Mel C has called on female pop stars to have "more dignity" and stop being so overtly sexual.

Chart-toppers such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have caused controversy in recent months with their explicit videos and stage performances and skimpy wardrobes.

The singer, who's originally from Whiston on Merseyside said the Spice Girls just "wanted to look nice" when they were criticised for wearing crop tops, "but today's pop stars are about looking sexy".

"My five-year-old daughter loves Rihanna. But she has no idea what her idol looks like, because there is little footage of Rihanna that I'm happy for her to see," the singer, formerly known as Sporty Spice, said.

"It's a shame that a talented, successful woman expresses herself in such an overtly sexual way'.

The Spice Girls at Viva Forever! a new musical based on their songs. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/ Empics Entertainment

Unlike some of today's acts, the Spice Girls, who popularised the slogan "girl power", "weren't interested in pleasing men" and made positive music to empower girls and women, she said.

"We need to have a bigger conversation about society's obsession with celebrity. It's vulgar and narcissistic and I worry about how it affects young girls."

The singer's comments come in the wake of growing concerns about sexual content in music videos, and with the launch of a pilot scheme to give raunchy videos shown online in the UK age ratings.

Noel dismisses Oasis Glasto reunion

Noel Gallagher at a charity gig earlier this year. Credit: PA

Noel Gallagher said he would love to headline Glastonbury, but laughed off rumours of an Oasis reunion for the famous festival.

The Manchester musician, who has announced the release of a new album and single, said his old band "never really got on with" the event despite playing it several times.

Speaking to fans at Facebook's London office, he said: "I'd be up for doing it, I'm going regardless."

Asked if any of the new songs would appear in a setlist of an Oasis reunion, he said: "What reunion set? Am I missing something out here?"

Earlier this year, his brother Liam sparked rumours the band were getting back together with a series of cryptic tweets that led one bookmaker to suspend betting on the band playing the Somerset festival.

Oasis, who split in 2009 when Noel walked out, had dozens of hits including Wonderwall and Little by Little in a career lasting more than a decade.

Noel's new album, Chasing Yesterday, will be released in March with the first single, In the Heat of the Moment, out next month.

The star revealed one of the tracks, Lock All the Doors, had taken him 23 years to write.

He said: "I gave a bit of it away to the Chemical Brothers in the Nineties when we did Setting Sun and I always meant to finish it off.

"I kept the chorus but I could never find a way of getting the verse to tie in with this chorus and one afternoon I was coming out of the Tesco Metro where I live in Maida Vale and I don't know what it was it just hit me coming round the corner."

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