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Dying mum was 'over the moon' that she said goodbye to her horse

The daughter of a woman who succumbed to cancer has told Good Morning Britain how her mother was "over the moon" that she could say goodbye to her beloved horse.

Sheila Marsh, 77, passed away just hours after nurses agreed she could be taken outside Wigan Royal Infirmary to say goodbye to her horse Bronwen.

It had been her dying wish to say goodbye to her horse, who she had looked after for 25 years.

Deputy director of nursing at the hospital, Pauline Law, said her "heart jumped into action" when she was first asked to see if Mrs Marsh could say goodbye to Bronwen.

Luckily, the team had a "perfectly choreographed plan" that helped Mrs Marsh fulfil her dying wish.

Her daughter Tina said her mother has "over the moon" and "clear as day shouting Bronwen's name".

Daughter 'crying her eyes out' as mum says final farewell to beloved horse

The daughter of a woman who was visited by her beloved horse at hospital just hours before she died, says she was "crying her eyes out" as the two were reunited.

Shelia Marsh was visited by Bronwen hours before she died Credit: Andrew Foster

Shelia Marsh was allowed to see her horse Bronwen at Wigan Wrightington and Leigh Hospital. She lost her life to cancer just hours later.

Her daughter Tina Marsh, 33, told the Manchester Evening News, her mum’s hospital bed was wheeled outside for the meeting. She said: “I was crying my eyes out and all the nurses were crying too. She took comfort out of it and it was a beautiful moment.”

Tina said: “She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals. She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals.

“Her condition did not get any better and the hospital allowed us to bring Bronwen in. It was a matter of hours later that she passed away. I want to thank the hospital and all the nurses.

“It was very important for my mum. She was one of the most hard-working people that you could meet and she would do anything for anyone.”

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Tributes following the death of Leigh Centurions legend

Dick Breare was Leigh Centurions' second oldest surviving player Credit: Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions has led the tributes following the death of the club's oldest surviving player, Dick Breare.

Mr Breare, who was 93, first played the for the Rugby League club in October 1939. He died suddenly on Sunday.

He served in the Royal Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic and on D-Day and returned to the sport after the Second World War,

He went on to make 69 appearances for Leigh, scoring 4 tries and kicking 86 goals, enjoying a good run in the first team during the 1950-51 season, when he scored two tries and kicked 53 goals in 27 games.

Mr Breare finished his professional career with a spell at Widnes after a £300 transfer in November 1952, kicking five goals in seven games before hanging up his boots.

The club said he continued to take a great interest in the Leigh club and lived locally.

Meet the worlds biggest Bond fan

One man's passion has landed him in the record books.

When Nick Bennett bought his first Aston Martin twenty years ago it started a life long fascination - not with cars but with James Bond.

Now, two decades on, his collection has more than 12,000 pieces in it and could be worth in excess of half a million pounds.

We sent our very own Odd Job, Matt O'Donoghue, to find out more:

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Leigh film buff is man with the Golden Bond collection

A Bond buff from Leigh has got into the Guinness Book of Records for having the biggest collection of 007 memorabilia.

Our own Man with a Golden Pun, Matt O'Donoghue, has been out to meet Nick Bennett.

So what's your favourite Bond film? Who's the best, or can no one touch Connery? Let us know your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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The best Bond collection in the world

Film buff Nick Bennett Credit: Guinness World Records

Nick Bennett is a collector of memorabilia. A record breaking collector. And his specialist subject is James Bond. The film buff has amassed more than 12 thousand different items all connected with the world's most famous secret agent. And they are lovingly looked after at his home in Leigh.

Nick's collected more than 12000 items of Bond memorabilia Credit: Guinness World Records

His collection is so extensive Nick's made it into the latest edition of Guiness World Records. He said "It's a dream come true. As a child I read the book from cover to cover and I cannot believe that I will actually be in this year's book as an official record holder."

Nick's created a shrine at his home to house his collection Credit: Guinness World Records

Seven-year-old boy gets A* GCSE in Maths

Thomas Barnes from Leigh Credit: Manchester Evening News

A seven-year-old schol boy from Leigh has become one of the youngest people ever to get an A* GCSE grade.

The home-schooled boy genius, Thomas Barnes, was awarded the grade in maths after taking an exam with students more than twice his age.

The youngster, who also loves science, now plans to study physics and chemistry.

Thomas's father, Simon, 41, told the Manchester Evening News:

“We are very proud of Thomas, the future is bright for him. He has done this on his own, with only our help.

Other than that, he’s a normal kid who plays video games."

– Simon Barnes

Man charged with Leigh woman's murder

A man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead in the garden of a house in Wigan.

Thomas Flanagan, 57, of Wigan Road, Leigh, will appear before Wigan Magistrates' Court later today.

Police were alerted just after midnight yesterday with a call from a member of the public who reported concerns for the welfare of a woman who lives at the house.

The victim, believed to be in her late 50s to early 60s, has not been named. She was found dead in the back garden.

A Home Office post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the cause of death.

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