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Duchess of Sussex to join Queen on visit to North West

The Duchess of Sussex during a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

The Duchess of Sussex is to join the Queen next week when the monarch attends a series of official events in Cheshire, according to the royal family website.

The engagements will be the first time just the Queen and Meghan have taken part in royal events together.

The newest member of the royal family will accompany the head of state as she opens the Mersey Gateway Bridge at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes, opens the Storyhouse Theatre in Chester, and has lunch at Chester Town Hall on June 14.

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WATCH: Big plans for Chester's Guild Hall

It's a fascinating building that dates way back to the 14th century and is in a prime site in Chester.

The Guild Hall has been largely forgotten by tourists and visitors who pass it on the way to the races or the many popular bars and restaurants in the city.

But now there's a plan to breathe new life into the grand old building. Our grand old Paul Crone went to see it.

Watch: Schoolboy who's trying to conquer his stammer

Riley Partridge,13, from Chester doesn’t want his world to close in on him because of his stammer.

He's stammered since he first started to talk. It varies in severity - some days it’s really bad and on other days it doesn’t bother him.

At school, Riley’s favourite subject is Drama but he gets nervous when he has to say his lines and doesn’t like to have the main part as it's too much pressure.

  • School for Stammerers is on ITV tonight at 9:00pm.
  • For more information on the McGuire Programme visit the website

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WATCH: Former soldier arrives home after 4 years in Indian jail

A man from Chester, who spent four years in an Indian jail, has returned home saying he feels no bitterness towards the Indian authorities.

Ray Tindall arrived at Manchester airport this morning along with Paul Towers from Bootle. They were part of the so-called Chennai Six who were locked up for weapons offences while working in security.

The men were cleared of all charges by the Indian Supreme Court last month.

Enid Blyton's Secret Seven opens at Chester's Storyhouse

It might be the season for panto but this year our region can boast the world premiere of a traditional children's favourite. It's a stage version of Enid Blyton's Secret Seven created especially for Chester's new theatre Storyhouse by its creative director Alex Clifton.

Before the new theatre opened in the summer they asked children in the area what they'd most like to see on the stage, and the Enid Blyton idea was by far the most popular. So what would local children make of those old fashioned super sleuths? Tim Scott went to find out.

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