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.
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.
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."