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Ainsley Harriott opens Southport Flower Show

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott opened the event Credit: ITV Granada

The Southport Flower Show has been opened by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott this morning. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the annual event at the resort's Victoria Park. It's being billed as the largest independent flower show in the country.

Ainsley, of Ready, Steady, Cook fame, is one of Britain's best-known cooks after a glittering 25-year TV career.

He'll be performing two cookery demonstrations in the Food Village.

There will also be special guests, TV gardening expert Carol Klein and beauty queen Elizabeth Grant, the newly crowned Miss England.

Ainsley spoke to Paul Crone.

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Bramall Hall reopens to the public

An historic manor house is about to welcome visitors again after a huge restoration project.

Bramall Hall in Stockport, famous for its black and white timber construction, dates back six centuries.

It's doors have been closed for nearly two years while repairs and refurbishments are carried out.

Tickets for the reopening last weekend sold out, but Tim Scott managed to get in early to have a look.

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Communities "not being protected from flooding"

Whalley was one of a number of areas badly hit by floods in 2015

The government is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding, according to a new report.

Parts of Cumbria and Lancashire were left devastated by floods in December 2015 and early this year.

The Environmental Audit Committee say it isn't good enough for the government to react to flooding events as they occur. Mary Creagh is the committee chair.

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