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Director Danny Boyle to open new contemporary art centre

Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle kick start celebrations for Manchester's new centre for international contemporary art centre, Home.

Danny Boyle Credit: Press Association

The Bury-born director and HOME patron will kick off its opening weekend with a funfair-themed fireworks spectacular ending in a volley of percussive mascletà pyrotechnics.

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Peter Hook to perform complete works of Joy Division

Salford musician Peter Hook will perform the complete works of Joy Division at a one-off concert in Macclesfield.

The date marks exactly 35 years since the death of the band's singer Ian Curtis.

Hook and his current band, The Light, will play every single song the band recorded in chronological order, including both studio albums 'Unknown Pleasures' and 'Closer'.


John Lennon long-lost letter inspires Hollywood film

A long-lost letter John Lennon wrote to folk singer Steve Tilston has inspired a Hollywood film starring Al Pacino.

The letter John Lennon wrote to Steve Tilston Credit: ITV Granada

Steve Tilston started out in the music scene in Liverpool in the 1970s at the time when the Beatle legend was making a name for himself as a world star, penning hits such as Imagine.

But Lennon still made time to write a personal letter to Tilston with his phone number on it, but Steve never actually received this letter until 10 years ago.

Mourners pay tribute at funeral of Blackpool entertainer

A floral tribute from the Nolan sisters inside a hearse near the Sacred Heart RC Church in Blackpool, Lancashire for the funeral of Keith Harris. Credit: Press Association

The ventriloquist Keith Harris was laid to rest today in Blackpool, following his death from cancer last month.

Family, friends and fans turned out in numbers to pay tribute to the children's entertainer, who was most famous for his puppet alter egos Orville, a green baby duck, and Cuddles, a surly monkey.

Mourners turned out in large numbers to celebrate Harris' life Credit: Press Association

At the height of his popularity in the 1980s, Harris was a fixture on Saturday night television. In 1982, he had a top five hit with 'Orville's Song', which sold more than 400,000 copies.

The coffin of Keith Harris is carried into Sacred Heart RC Church in Blackpool, Lancashire for the funeral of the 67-year-old entertainer. Credit: Press Association
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