A portrait bought in Cheshire for £400 which turned out to be a Van Dyck is expected to fetch up to £500,000 when it goes under the hammer.
The very first X Factor auditions will be held in Manchester today at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground
Manchester band James have released their first album in six years.
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.
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.
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... http://t.co/uKKSnd6w0Q
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.
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."
Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran has been in the region. He's played a special intimate gig at Coronation street and is also promoting his second album, which is set to be one of the biggest of 2014. And he talked about working with the musical magician Pharrell Williams.
Sir Paul McCartney has issued a YouTube message to fans saying he feels "great" after recovering from the illness that forced him to postpone some US tour dates.
The former Beatle said the dates that had been postponed have now been rescheduled for September and October.
In a sign of his rude health, he also signs off the video with an air guitar riff and a scream of 'Yeah!'.
The annual Africa Oye festival takes place in Liverpool this weekend.
The event, at Sefton Park, includes a line-up of live music, art, retailers and food.
Africa Oye began in Liverpool in 1992 and is now the UK's largest free celebration of African music and culture.
This year's event is headlined by Brit and Mobo award-winner Finley Quaye.
Coronation Street fans coud soon be able to get married on the famous cobbles.
The old set at Quay Street has been given a wedding licence, so that civil and non-religious ceremonies can be performed.
The ITV soap was filmed there for more than 50 years, before moving to its new home at Media City.