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Music fans brave the rain for Parklife Festival in Manchester

Fans in coats and wellies at a muddy Heaton Park for Parklife Festival Credit: ITV Granada

Thousands of music lovers have braved the rain for this weekend's Parklife festival in Manchester.

The opening was delayed this morning after a heavy downpour.

Organisers had to clear water from the entrances before opening the gates.

Music fans in ponchos and wellies at Heaton Park Credit: ITV Granada

The weather forecast is not looking much for the rest of the weekend but with Rudimental, Katy B, Annie Mac and Snoop Dogg on stage, no one at the festival seemed to mind too much.

Seventy thousand wellie wearing revellers are expected over the weekend.

Girls in ponchos and shorts for Parklife Festival Credit: ITV Granada

Stepping out to help Alzheimer sufferers

Judy Holt launches the Memory Walk Credit: Alzheimer's Society

Fifteen hundred walkers took part in the Manchester Memory Walk for the Alzheimer's Society this year - doubling the attendance from 12 months ago.

Actress Judy Holt, who appeared in Coronation Street as a woman living with Alzheimer’s, opened the event in Heaton Park.

Judy said: "It is absolutely fantastic to see so many people taking part in the event – it is a clear indication of how word is getting out. By continuing to raise awareness I’m sure the number of walkers will keep increasing year after year."

On the Memory Walk Credit: Alzheimer's Society

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Street star launches Memory Walk

Coronation Street actress Patti Clare Credit: PA Images

Coronation Street actress Patti Clare today launches Manchester Memory Walk - one of the biggest in the country.

Seven hundred people took part in last year's Alzheimer's Society event at Heaton Park, raising £50,000.

Patti, who plays Mary Taylor, said: "Dementia is a devastating illness that has an impact on so many people in the Greater Manchester area.

"The walk in the park is a great day out but also raises vital funds for people with dementia, their carers and local services.

"By getting involved and going the distance - there's a choice of doing 2km or 10km - everyone can be part of an amazing event at Heaton Park and make a difference."

Patti urged people to sign up at memorywalk.org.uk for the walk being held on Saturday 28 September.