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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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Music stars head to Liverpool for festival

A heavyweight line up will be performing at this weekend's international music festival in Liverpool. 200 acts will be playing including home grown talent like Ian Broudie from the Lightning Seeds, The Farm and Marsha Ambrosius.

Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds
Ian Broudie will be performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Credit: PA

Other acts performing include Boy George, Shaggy and Kid Creole with events taking place at Sefton Park and St George's Hall.

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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.

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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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Full Report: Student who suffered head injuries in a crash gets her university place

A teenager from Oldham is looking forward to a bright future tonight, against all the odds.

Jesmin Begum suffered horrific head injuries after a road accident, and doctors thought she wouldn't walk or talk again.

But she defied all medical expectations, and has now got the grades to go to university to study psychology, inspired by those who've helped her deal with brain damage.

Our correspondent Rob Smith has the story:

Full Report: Making the Grade - the highs and lows of results day for our GCSE students.

There has been celebrations and some commiserations across the region today as thousands of pupils collected their GCSE results.

Nationally, the proportion of exams awarded at least a C grade has risen, and some schools here have achieved their highest ever pass rates.

Ralph Blunsom reports from one high school in Cheshire:

Balotelli "says goodbye" to Milan

Statement on Milan's website.
Statement on Milan's website.

Milan said on their website on Thursday afternoon that Balotelli had bid farewell to his team-mates before leaving training.

The statement on the club's website read: "Mario Balotelli left Milanello's sporting centre at 13.30 (local time), after saying goodbye to his team-mates. "Before leaving the premises, the striker has said goodbye to members of Milan's press office."

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