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Chance of seeing the Northern Lights

Northern Lights, North of England 2012 Credit: MICHAEL RIDLEY

There's a greater chance than usual of seeing the northern lights tonight - the Aurora Borealis. This is due to two large explosions on the Sun (solar flares) earlier in the week.

Conditions for optimal aurora viewing include a dark cloud-free sky, lack of light pollution from urban areas, and a clear line of sight towards the northern horizon.

Weather conditions tonight are not perfect but favourable. Most parts of the region will be dry with some clear spells. So there's a 'chance' in the northwest of viewing this optical phenomenon...if you're lucky!

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Judges deliberate who will go through to Pride of Britain Awards

The Granada Pride of Britain judging panel. Credit: ITV News

The time has come to choose one North West fundraiser who will represent the region at the Pride of Britain Awards.

All this week we've been sharing the remarkable stories of inspiring people.

On Monday, we met Trevor Fairhurst, from Wigan, whose daughter Carly was killed by her boyfriend in 2006. Since then, Trevor and his wife Sheila, have done all they can to help other grieving families through Victim Support.

Tuesday's nominee was Christian Nock from Blackpool. After leaving the army, Christian ran a B&B in Blackpool - but lost everything all and ended up homeless. Determined not to let it beat him Christian put his best foot forward and decided to walk the coast of Britain - all 8,500 miles thousand miles of it in aid of Help for Heroes.

The story of Nicola Graham, who lost 23-month-old son Reuben to an aggressive brain tumour two-years-ago, featured on Wednesday. Nicola, form Mottram, has tirelessly fundraised to build a home where other families can make memories with their terminally ill children.

And yesterday, we heard from Paula Holmes from Lancashire who's raising money for research into brain tumours after the death of her 10 year old daughter Katy. So far, the Katy Holmes Trust has raised over £500,000.

On the Granada judging panel were Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine, celebrity therapists Nik and Eva Speakman, Granada Reports presenters Tony Morris and Sarah Rogers, and Programme Editor Andrew Rigby.

The winner will be revealed on tonight's programme at 6pm.

Nik Speakman and Jennie McAlpine. Credit: ITV News

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Paula's vow in memory of daughter Katy

This week we've been bringing you our Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year finalists.

Today we hear from Paula Holmes from Lancashire who's raising money for research into brain tumours after the death of her 10 year old daughter Katy.

So far, the Katy Holmes Trust has raised over £500,000.

Sarah Rogers has the story:

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Earth, Wind and Fire bring the Boogie Wonderland to Liverpool

Boogie Wonderland, Let's groove, September and Fantasy - the tunes of Earth, Wind and Fire provided the soundtrack for a generation.

The group was one of the most successful bands of the 20th century- selling more than 90 million albums worldwide.

And ahead of their show at Liverpool's Echo Arena, Tony Morris fulfilled a childhood dream by meeting Ralph Johnson, Philip Bailey and Verdine White.

He began by asking them if they are fans of the Fab Four:

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