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Finance deal a 'boost' for Airbus workers in the North West, Osborne says

The giant Airbus Beluga at Broughton today. Credit: ITV News.

The Airbus factory near Chester is celebrating an historic finance deal that's led to the sale of an aircraft to China.

The arrangement between the UK and China was welcomed by Chancellor George Osborne on a visit to the Broughton, near Chester.

100,000 jobs around the UK rely on the success of Airbus, he said.

The Chancellor added that it's a "great example of how the Northern Powerhouse can grow in strength".

Timelapse construction of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Credit: Grosvenor Park

Amazing timelapse footage from the producers of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in Chester reveals the complete construction of the city’s unique open air theatre, which takes place for 9 weeks every summer.

The theatre was constructed in 2 weeks by a crew of 10 men. It is 4 metres in height and has an 80 metre radius. It has over 500 seats, 200 of which are covered by canopies to protect audiences from sun and rain.

It’s incredible to watch the theatre rise from the ground this way; it’s such a unique structure.

Over 25,000 people will visit the shows this summer, this films offers a different perspective to the experience.’

– Alex Clifton Artistic Director Chester Performs

The Wind in the Willows, Romeo and Juliet and the Merry Wives of Windsor are being performed until Sunday August 23rd.

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Man survives being shot as iPhone takes brunt of blast

A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast.

The man's iPhone bears the scars of the attack Credit: Cheshire Police

The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called.

Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester Crown Court. He was also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and is due to be sentenced on 10 July

The shotgun was found wrapped in clingfilm during a police search of the area Credit: Cheshire Police

You can read the full story here,

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No place like gnome for Chester lottery winners

A couple from Chester are celebrating today after winning £1,069,748 on last week’s EuroMillions Mega Friday draw.

The top of their shopping list is a new home with a garden big enough to house their beloved gnome collection.

Trish and Craig, 51, immediately handed in their notices. Credit: Camelot
The couple are also planning a dream holiday. Credit: Camelot
Trish has a real love of gnomes. Credit: Camelot

I just could not believe it. I checked my ticket on the television and it matched – I just screamed – I have never screamed so loudly in my life. Craig really thought something bad had happened – and then I told him ‘no, no, we have won the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw and we have banked more than £1m!'

– Trish Tuft screamed so loudly when she discovered she had won her husband
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