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.
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.”
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.
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:
Many of us of a certain age will remember the likes of Danger Mouse and Chorlton and The Wheelies.
They were children's TV made in Manchester by the Cosgrove Hall animation team.
Good news, the company is now back on our screens with a new show.
Tim Scott popped into their studios to bring us this report:
Multi platinum selling mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins delighted thousands of spectators this weekend in St Catherine's Hospice Symphony at the Tower 2014.
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".
Albany! What an incredible night--Thank you! http://t.co/IvhhRpBOpY
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."
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.
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.