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Designer of iconic album covers' work goes on display

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You might not know his name - but his work has adorned millions of teenage bedrooms across the country. The photographer and designer Brian Cannon created some of the most iconic artwork for some of the best loved albums of the 90s.

It's his work with two of the biggest bands to come out of the North West - Oasis and the Verve - that made his name and took him across the world. And now he's telling stories of the 90s at an arts festival in his hometown of Wigan.

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Shakin Stevens back on tour

Fans of 80's rock and roll star Shakin Stevens, take note. He's back! The man who brought us a string of hits including Green Door, A Rockin' Good Way and Oh Julie is back with a new album and is starting an extensive tour of the UK. The tour will take in dates in Warrington, Blackpool, Buxton and Salford Quays.
And he admits that even though he's been in the business for more than 40 years, he still gets a little nervous before performing.

Corrie shock: Who pushed Ken Barlow?

William Roache has joked that he thought Coronation Street bosses were trying to write him out of the soap when he read his latest big storyline.

The actor's character Ken Barlow is left in hospital after an unknown assailant pushes him down the stairs, with members of his own family among those suspected of attempted murder.

Ken Barlow after being pushed downstairs. Credit: ITV

Roache, 84, quipped: "Well my first thought was, 'Are they trying to write me out?', that was my question to Kate (producer Kate Oates).

"But once I knew Ken would recover I was thrilled with the storyline.

"Strong stories are great to do, as an actor they are very enjoyable. I have always liked the idea of having this strong family, one of the oldest families all together again."

Roache - who first appeared in the ITV show in 1960 - said it is a "great compliment" to be at the heart of the action after so many years on the cobbles.

"I do appreciate it very much, I want to be able to do it justice and to be able to continue to be part of the action," he said.

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World of Sport Wrestling is back and heading for Preston

After an absence of more than 30 years, the iconic World Of Sport Wrestling is set to return to ITV with Preston confirmed as the venue.

Three decades after legendary stars such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Rollerball Rocco left British screens, the new series will feature the best of today's wrestlers from the current UK wrestling scene.

They will compete in front of a live audience at Preston Guild Hall on Thursday May 25th and Friday May 26th (doors 7pm / bell time 7.30pm).

Wrestling action from New Year's Eve 2016 Credit: ITV

ITV Studios Entertainment Manchester has confirmed it has teamed up with IMPACT Wrestling to bring WOS Wrestling back to ITV, with an initial commission for a 10-part series.

The commission from ITV's Helen Warner follows a successful one-off-special, which aired on New Year's Eve 2016.

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"This opportunity to work with ITV Studios to revive this iconic brand in the United Kingdom is a perfect example of the ways in which we intend to leverage our strengths to build our presence in international markets in collaboration with local organisations," said Ed Nordholm, President of Impact Wrestling.

Director of Entertainment, ITV Studios Manchester, Tom Mclennan said: "Britain's wrestling scene is thriving and there has never been a better time to bring it back to ITV after a gap of 30 years."

The new-look World of Sport Wrestling logo Credit: ITV
The iconic World of Sport logo from 30 years ago Credit: ITV

Tickets for the shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday April 7th from Gigsandtours.com / Ticketmaster.co.uk / prestonguildhall.co.uk

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Cilla 'would have been very happy' with Paul O'Grady hosting Blind Date, says her son.

Cilla Black with her good friend Paul O'Grady Credit: PA

Cilla Black would have been "very happy" that her close friend Paul O'Grady is stepping into her shoes to host Blind Date, her son has said.

The entertainment show will return for the first time in more than 13 years to air on Channel 5 with O'Grady as its host.

Black, who died in 2015, fronted the popular dating show from 1985 to 2003.

Cilla's son Robert Willis Credit: PA

Robert Willis told the Daily Mirror: "Mum would have been very happy. If there was anyone she'd have wanted to do it, it would be him.

"He'll make it his own. Blind Date was always about the funny moments. He's not one of those guys with someone on an earpiece telling him what to say. He thinks for himself, like my mum. She never used those things.

"With Paul at the helm, there'll be a lot of laughter."

Cilla Black sons (left to right) Ben, Jack, and Robert Willis by the statue of the singer at its unveiling outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool in January 2017. Credit: PA

O'Grady said in an official statement that he was honoured to present the new series.

The transmission date of the new series has not been confirmed.

Baby you can drive his car! Beatles Porsche up for auction

George Harrison's and his Porsche 928 Credit: omega auctions

A sports car owned by George Harrison for four years from new is the star lot in Omega Auctions Beatles Auction taking place later. The car is expected to sell for over £20,000.

Various Beatles themed memorabilia is up for grabs including previously unseen footage of the band.

There's also a record inner sleeve with doodles and drawings by John Lennon, 1974. The sketches, in black felt pen, are believed to have been John's initial ideas for the cover of his "Walls and Bridges" album.

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