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Katherine Jenkins brings summer delight to Lancashire's historic Hoghton Tower. Photo Gallery.

by Rob Jaskowski

Multi platinum selling mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins delighted thousands of spectators this weekend in St Catherine's Hospice Symphony at the Tower 2014.

Katherine Jenkins on stage at Hoghton Tower near Preston. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
The Hoghton Tower audience were treated to the incredible voice of Katherine Jenkins. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
Thousands enjoyed a varied programme supported by the National Symphony Orchestra, directed by Anthony Inglis Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
Katherine Jenkins listening to the applause of the Lancashire crowd. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
Katherine announces the result on St Catherine's Hospice raffle. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
Now, is the winner in the audience? Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
The National Symphony Orchestra with Katherine Jenkins at Symphony at the Tower, Hoghton 2014. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
The summer sun shines on Katherine with the National Symphony Orchestra. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
Bathed in the evening sunshine, Katherine smiles at her fans. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
The evening was punctuated with music from support vocal group Celeste. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
The crowds listen intently as Celeste perform as the sun begins to set. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
The picnic baskets came out as the music echoed around Hoghton Tower fields Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
The Hoghton Tower audience being entertained while waiting for Katherine Jenkins to take to the stage. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
Flags at the ready! for the Last Night of the Proms music & the fireworks Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV
The firework finale on a wonderful moonlit night. Credit: Rob Jaskowski, ITV

Recovered McCartney gets back on the road

Sir Paul McCartney was back on stage last night after recovering from a virus which left him hospitalised in Tokyo.

The former Beatle performed in Albany, New York, after a two-month recuperation.

He later tweeted that it was an "incredible night".

Artists showcase Liverpool's creativity

The city is showcasing art Credit: Liverpool Biennial

Thousands of art lovers from around the world have flocked to Liverpool for the start of the city's Biennial.

The festival, which happens every two years, showcases art at venues across the city. This is the eighth time it has taken place.

This year's theme is "A Needle Walks into a Haystack."

This Biennial will focus on "objects" in "our habitats" Credit: Liverpool Biennial

Organisers say that this Biennial will focus on "our habits, our habitats, and the objects, images, relationships and activities that constitute our immediate surroundings."

You can find out more about the Liverpool Biennial here.


Film composer's tribute to Hillsborough victims

Nyman's creation is performed at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral tonight Credit: PA

Celebrated British composer Michael Nyman has composed a Hillsborough memorial symphony.

The hour-long Symphony No 11: Memorial is based on music that Nyman was recording on the afternoon of the Hillsborough tragedy 25 years ago.

It will be performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the city's Anglican Cathedral tonight.

Nyman said he hopes the work will make "a small but significant contribution to the healing process still necessary for the families of the lost fans.

Nyman composed the score for the film 'The Piano' starring Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel.

Rover Curly returns to the Corrie cobbles

Kevin Kennedy appeared in Corrie for 20 years. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Coronation Street legend Curly Watts made a special appearance back on the famous cobbles - and said he’d love to return permanently to the show.

Kevin Kennedy, 52, played Norman ‘Curly’ Watts in the long running soap for twenty years.

He returned to the set where he made his name as an actor, which is now open for tours by fans, for a series of special appearances.

Kevin will make a series of special appearances on the tour. Credit: Manchester Evening News
Kevin said he'd love to return to the ITV drama. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Kennedy was written out of the show in 2003 when Curly went to start a new life in Newcastle with his second wife Emma.

The Wythenshawe-born star, who now lives in Brighton, said the visit, one of four over the coming weeks, has re-sparked his desire to return.

Visitors will be able to see Kevin on tours between 4pm and 6pm today, Thursday 10th and Thursday 17th July and between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday 24th July.

The Corrie tour takes place at the former set at Granada's old studios in Quay Street in Manchester city centre.

Liverpool author La Plante "thrilled" with award

Acclaimed writer Lynda La Plante has tweeted that she is "thrilled" to receive an award for Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction.

La Plante started out as a scriptwriter for ITV and won her breakthrough with the crime drama Widows.

She is best known for creating the Prime Suspect television series.


I am thrilled, and greatly honoured, that I will be receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award...

Blue Plaque celebrates the life of Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.

The Blue Plaque celebrates the life of Beatles’ Manager Brian Epstein. Credit:

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel has unveiled a Blue Plaque to celebrate the life of Beatles manager, Brian Epstein.

The Southport actor is due to resume his role Brian in the play Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, when the production opens in London’s West End at the end of July.

The Heritage Foundation Blue Plaque was unveiled at Sutherland House, at 5/6 Argyll Street, next door to the London Palladium.

The property was the base of Epstein's company NEMS Enterprises, which occupied offices on the fifth floor of the building from the height of Beatlemania in 1964 until shortly after his death in August 1967 at the age of 32.

Lancel with Epstein co-star Will Finlayson at yesterday's event. Credit:

Also at the ceremony yesterday were actress Vicki Michelle, President of the Heritage Foundation, and Geoffrey Ellis, who became Chief Executive Administrator of NEMS Enterprises Ltd and was based in the building from 1964 to 1967.

In a message to the event's organisers, Sir Paul McCartney said: "I know Brian would have been very proud to think that he had earned a Blue Plaque in the West End of London.

"He played a very important role in guiding the career of us Beatles and more than that he was a lovely man whose friendship we all valued and who I will always remember with great fondness. Congratulations Brian. Love from Paul McCartney."

Lancel said “I am truly honoured to have been part of the official party to unveil a prestigious Blue Plaque in Brian’s honour.

"Brian was a pioneer who worked tirelessly for his artists, and what he achieved was remarkable.

"It is very fitting there is now a permanent reminder to recognise his contribution to the world music scene."

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