It's been the first of the four days of the annual Southport Flower Show.
This year it has a Mediterranean theme and Victoria Grimes has been for a look and makes herself quite at home.
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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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.
Manchester's historic Town Hall is in need of a facelift costing at least £250-million.
The Grade one listed building opened in 1877, and is considered a masterpiece of Victorian architecture. So how will it be paid for?
Our reporter Andrew Fletcher went to find out:
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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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