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1D Louis jets into Manchester for girlfriend's graduation

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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was a secret guest at the Manchester University graduation of his girlfriend Eleanor Calder.

Louis, 22, jetted in to Manchester from Barcelona to be present at Eleanor’s big day.

The graduation ceremony at Whitworth Hall in Manchester sparked a meltdown on Twitter as thousands of fans wished Eleanor all the best - and told of their hopes that Louis would be there to watch.

A source told the M.E.N: “He was a bit late for the start of the ceremony and he did not want to create a big fuss. He crept in and kept a really low profile.

“There were around 400 people there at the ceremony and hardly anyone clocked that it was him.”

If you have a phobia, maybe the Speakmans can help...

Many of us would admit to being afraid of spiders, snakes or heights, but we manage to get by.

But what if you were afraid of swallowing food? Or going to the dentist?

Two people who could help are therapists to the stars Nik and Eva Speakman from Littleborough near Rochdale.

And in a brand new ITV show they're trying to help people with some unusual problems.


Littleborough's "therapists to the stars" to appear in new ITV series

Celebrity therapists Nik and Eva Speakman will help “ordinary people with extraordinary problems" in their new ITV programme, The Speakmans.

The shows, which start next Monday, will see if the couple, from Littleborough, can succeed where counsellors, doctors and other therapists have failed

On the programme they’re faced with conditions ranging from Agoraphobia to post traumatic stress.

Watch a trailer for the show here:


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.

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