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Actress to be honoured by her home town

Julie Hesmondhalgh is to become a Freeman of the borough Credit: PA

Former Coronation Street Julie Hesmondhalgh, will receive the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Hyndburn. It's the Lancashire borough's highest honour and a special ceremony will be held at Accrington and Rossendale college where Julie studied. Julie was born in Accrington and became a household name playing Hayley Cropper in the Street for many years.

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Film maker to be honoured

Film-maker Ken Loach is being awarded an honorary doctorate by Liverpool Hope University. He has a long association with the city, directing many of it's stars and making a documentary about the Liverpool Dockers' Strike

Film maker Ken Loach Credit: pa

Loach, famous for social commentary in his movies brought us Kes in 1969, Raining Stones and of course Looking for Eric, a bittersweet comedy which featured the former Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona.

Loach's film Looking for Eric starred Eric Cantona Credit: PA

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Corrie actress dropped after 'hiding' real age in audition

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Coronation Street is recasting the role of Bethany Platt after dropping the actress who had been hired to play her when it was discovered she hid her real age at the audition.

Katie Redford said she was a 19-year-old when she landed a part on the cobbles, but it has emerged she would have turned 26 by the time she made her screen debut as the 14-year-old character.

Corrie fans found out her real age when they looked her up online after she landed the part as Gail McIntyre's granddaughter Bethany.

It's believed fans spotted photos from her 25th birthday party on Twitter after her casting was announced last week.

A spokeswoman for the actress confirmed she auditioned "as a 19-year-old".

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