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Julie is honoured with freedom of the borough

Julie Goodyear Credit: pa

Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear MBE - is to be given the freedom of the borough of Rochdale. Miss Goodyear – who appeared in Britain’s most famous and best-loved soap for over 25 years – is a long-time resident of Rochdale, and is being given the honour in recognition of her contribution to the arts and entertainment.

Julie Goodyear Credit: pa

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WATCH: Dusty Springfield story is turned into a musical

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Dusty Springfield remains one of the most successful British female singers of all time - and now her story has been turned into a stage musical.

'Son of a Preacher Man' is currently playing in Manchester and includes many of her other hits too, like 'I only want to be with you' and 'You don't have to say you love me'.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmoremet the cast at Manchester's Palace Theatre:

WATCH: Stars come out for official opening of Take That musical

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A couple of weeks ago we saw Take That surprise fans at the Opera House in Manchester at the world premiere of their brand new musical the Band.

Well last night they took to the stage again - with some of their celebrity friends - for official opening night.

The five members of the group who star in the musical were discovered on TV talent show Let it shine hosted by Graham Norton. He was at the opening night along with a host of other stars and rubbing shoulders with them all was Our Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore.

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