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Manchester band Inspiral Carpets release first album in 20 years

Inspiral Carpets, one of the most popular bands of the 'Madchester' music scene, are bringing out their first album in 20 years.

Talking to Granada Reports, band members Graham Lambert and Clint Boon said age had made them 'better' and more relaxed.

They say they have gone back to 'basics' and are looking forward to hearing what fans have to say about their new material.

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Alan Turing film hoping for BAFTA success

Alan Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game Credit: PA

A film based on the work of the genius mathematician Alan Turing, who developed some of the world's first computers when he worked at Manchester University, is in the running for several BAFTAs including Best Film.

The British Academy Film Awards are being held tonight.

Alan Turing Credit: PA

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and follows his work cracking the Enigma code during the Second World War.

The film is nominated for Best Film and Outstanding British Film amongst others, while stars Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are nominated in the Leading Actor and Supporting Actress categories

Kiera Knightley and her husband James Righton Credit: PA

Paul McCartney’s childhood home going to auction

The house is being auctioned with a guide price of £100,000 plus. Credit: Countrywide

Beatles fans will have the chance to buy a large piece of memorabilia when Paul McCartney’s childhood home goes to auction at the Cavern Club in Liverpool on 26 February.

The humble three-up, two-down terrace home of 72 Western Avenue in, Speke, Liverpool, was where Paul McCartney lived with his parents until the mid 1950’s.

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Actress to be honoured by her home town

Julie Hesmondhalgh is to become a Freeman of the borough Credit: PA

Former Coronation Street Julie Hesmondhalgh, will receive the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Hyndburn. It's the Lancashire borough's highest honour and a special ceremony will be held at Accrington and Rossendale college where Julie studied. Julie was born in Accrington and became a household name playing Hayley Cropper in the Street for many years.

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