'Love' is this year's Pride theme. Picture courtesy of Lee Boswell Photography Ltd

What's on this bank holiday weekend?

The North West is braced for a busy weekend, with lots of major events happening over the bank holiday. Here's a guide to what's on....

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Wednesday across the NW

Mainly dry with sunny spells. Cloud bubbling up later, risk of an odd shower and feeling cool.

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Barrow soldier fighting for life after Magaluf balcony fall

Ryan Westwood
Ryan Westwood

A soldier from Barrow-in-Furness is fighting for his life in intensive care after falling 50 feet from a balcony in Magaluf.

Ryan Westwood, 22, who served in Afghanistan earlier this year, fell from a fourth-storey apartment block.

A spokesperson at the Son Espasses Hospital said that he remained in an intensive care unit in a "serious but stable" condition after the fall on Wednesday morning.

Martin Ros Garcia street, in Calvia
Martin Ros Garcia street, in Calvia Credit: Google

A Civil Guard spokesperson said:

"He had been trying to climb to an adjoining room via an outside window or balcony."

– A Civil Guard spokesperson

Across the Balearic islands, 23 people have fallen from buildings this year, with three fatalities since the start of the holiday season.

Mario Balotelli talks 'progressing well'

by Press Association
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli Credit: PA

Talks between Mario Balotelli's representative and Liverpool are understood to be 'progressing well' as the club seek assurances about the player's behaviour - although any deal will not be completed in time for him to feature against Manchester City.

Reports have suggested the Reds have agreed a £16million fee with AC Milan for striker Balotelli's proposed move to Anfield.

And while Liverpool have not commented, Press Association Sport understands productive discussions involving Balotelli's agent and the club took place in England on Thursday and are continuing on Friday.

A key aspect of those discussions is believed to be the Merseyside outfit's desire to obtain some kind of guarantee about the discipline of the mercurial 24-year-old Italy international.

Balotelli himself remains in his homeland for now and will not be able to take part in Liverpool's Barclays Premier League clash with his former side City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday as the transfer would need to be completed by midday on Friday for him to be eligible.


Travel advice ahead of Manchester pride festival

Manchester's Pride Parade.
Manchester's Pride Parade.

Manchester is getting ready for it's annual pride festival.

There is a music event tonight and thousands of people are expected to turn out over the weekend for a parade.

The police have issued a number of road closures to help the public when planning journey's over the bank holiday.

- The Village area around Chorlton Street and Sackville Street will be closed to traffic throughout the weekend from Friday morning 22rd to Tuesday morning 26th August.

- As a result, bus services 219, 219N, 220, 221, X40, X41, X43, Terravision A40, Transpeak and Metroshuttle 1 will be diverted around the area. - The main parade will take place on Saturday 23 August from 1pm, travelling along Liverpool Road, Deansgate, John Dalton Street, Princess Street and Whitworth Street.

This will mean road closures from 6am on Saturday continuing until the parade finishes by 6pm. Parking restrictions will be in place within the closed routes.


We're getting so excited for the Love Parade, we can't wait to see the outfits & floats you've planned! #feelthelove http://t.co/kIbzMGAXoC


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Full Report: Britain's last surviving ship of the Falklands War - making it's last journey

Campaigners on Merseyside fighting to save an historic warship say they're not giving up, even though the vessel's on its way to the scrapyard.

It was on HMS Plymouth where the surrender document was signed at the end of the Falklands conflict.

She's spent the past decade at the docks in Birkenhead, whose owners say her condition has deteriorated so badly they've no choice but to dispose of the warship.

But the HMS Plymouth Trust hope a last-minute legal challenge could save her as Daniel Hewitt reports:

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