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Airports gearing up for bank holiday getaway

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport says it's expecting its busiest bank holiday weekend in five years. 70,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport over the next three days. Bosses say they've been inundated with passengers all summer.

Its a similar story at Manchester Airport, where they're also expecting record numbers of passengers.

The top five destinations from Manchester are: Palma, Alicante, Amsterdam, Tenerife and Dublin.

An estimated 392,000 passengers will travel through Manchester Airport this weekend.

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Huge grant to research prostate cancer

Researchers from the Christie Hospital, Manchester, have received a grant of over £225,000 to help clinicians establish which men with high risk prostate cancer need extra radiotherapy treatment to reduce the chances of their cancer coming back.

10,900 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year. That's one man every hour and its the most common cancer in men. Many men with high risk prostate cancer may have a tumour that has already spread outside the prostate to the pelvic lymph nodes. However, this is extremely difficult to detect and many men are at risk of being under-treated because the cancer is too small to see.

The Christie Hospital, Manchester Credit: MEN Syndication

Now researchers at the Christie are developing a device which can help to pinpoint those men in need of additional radiotherapy, whilst sparing others unnecessary treatment which could cause damaging side effects.

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What's bringing Chinese investment to the North West?

What impact is Chinese investment having in the North West?

Following President Xi Xinping's historic visit last year, Chinese investors have began to pour billions into Manchester.

But, as more and more Chinese citizens buy property in the city, there are concerns rents will rise and outprice locals.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt has been investigating:

Royle approval for 'Best Arts Project in UK'

Ralf Little giving Royle approval and acting tips Credit: PA

A dramatic initiative in St Helens has won the title the Best Arts Project in the UK - Ralf Little who starred in The Royal family will help them celebrate today.

He'll present performing artists and staff from the "Cultural Hubs' project with a National Lottery Awards trophy.

The actor is famous for his roles in The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. He'll meet performers from the arts project, to offer them advice and to hand over their much deserved Awards trophy.

Activities range from workshops to drama performances Credit: Cultural Hubbs

Over 2,000 people voted for Cultural Hubs in this year’s National Lottery Awards - the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

The Cultural Hubs project used their £99,000 National Lottery grant to attract over 4,500 people into St Helens libraries with a programme of activities ranging from arts workshops to drama performances.

The project's attracted 4,500 people into libraries in St Helens Credit: Cultural Hubs

It focuses on improving well-being through art; poet Lynne Gerrard, who credits the project with helping her to overcome her mental-health issues, will meet Ralf. The project also wins a £3,000 cash prize.

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