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Baby boy 'Walton' for Liverpool star Claire Sweeney

Claire Sweeney has given birth to a baby boy named 'Walton' Credit: PA

Former Brookside star Claire Sweeney has given birth to a boy and named him after the part of Liverpool where she was born.

The baby, born on September 29 in the city's Women's Hospital by Caesarean section, has been named Walton.

Sweeney, who has also had a successful stage career, said: "My baby is beautiful and has me awake every hour breast feeding."

The actress was joined at the hospital by the baby's father, Daniel Riley, and her manager said: "Claire plans to stay in hospital until tomorrow so she and Daniel can rest and enjoy their newborn baby in private."

Sweeney's career also includes a stint on the Loose Women panel and an appearance in a series of Celebrity Big Brother.

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Fundraising's ups and downs

A famous showbiz sister is joining members of the clergy for an unusual fundraising challenge.

Linda Nolan is teaming up with the Bishop of Manchester and clergy from across the country to ride the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure beach. They're hoping to raise £20,000 for The Children's Society.

The Big One, Blackpool Credit: PA
Linda Nolan will ride the Big One which can reach 140 km/h Credit: PA

Money raised from the ride will go towards The Children's Society's work with some of the UK's most disadvantaged youngsters, including an estimated 3.7 million children who live in poverty.

Romeo and Juliet performed at Victoria Baths

It's been described as one of finest historical buildings in our region but the public haven't taken a swim in Victoria Baths in Manchester for over 20 years.

The campaign to restore it to its former glory is up and running but meanwhile the pool spaces are being used for all manner of weird and wonderful events.

And as Tim Scott found out, it's currently the setting for one of William Shakespeare's most well-loved plays.

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