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Rick Astley has claimed his first number one album since his debut nearly 30 years ago.
The singer, from Newton-le-Willows, said friend Elton John was straight on the phone to congratulate him as album 50 beat Tom Odell's Wrong Crowd after a close tussle for the top spot that at one point saw Odell just 14 sales ahead.
50 managed to claw back the lead and joined 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody - which spawned his most enduring hit Never Gonna Give You Up - in taking the top spot.
Astley told OfficialCharts.com:
It's amazing, it's incredible, it's been a very, very, very long time since this happened before, I'm ecstatic, I couldn't be happier!
Elton John's sent a few texts over the last couple of days and just called me now to celebrate and said, 'Just make sure you enjoy it'.
He's one of those people I've always respected, he has always, and still does, love music... it was a nice moment to get that congratulations.
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TRAFFIC UPDATE: The M6 Southbound has a lane closed on the entry slip road at Junction 22 for the A49/A579 for Newton Le Willows due to a multi-vehicle accident.
A grey seal found stranded on a farmer's field 20 miles from the coast is being cared for at an animal hospital in Norfolk.
The seal - nicknamed Dumbledore - was discovered on a farm in Merseyside. It's thought he'd got stuck there after swimming inland.
He was taken to the RSPCA centre near King's Lynn - where he's being treated for pneumonia.
Stuart Leithes has this report.
A seal rescued from a field in Newton le Willows has been described as exhausted and is now being assessed at a wildlife centre.
Police, fire officers and a local farmer earlier herded the seal onto an RSPCA trailer.
The seal has now been taken to the RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.
Once fully recovered they hope to release the seal back into its natural habitat.
Firefighters and police have joined forces to rescue a seal which became stranded in a field in Newton-le-Willows.
It's believed the seal may have swum upstream after being in the Mersey estuary.
A rescue operation is underway after a a seal became stranded in a field in Newton le Willows in Cheshire.Read the full story ›
A rescue is underway for a seal found in a field near Newton le Willows in Cheshire.
A dog walker came across the seal in the middle of a field at Red Bank Farm.
Police say they have contained the seal and representatives from the British Diver Marine Life Rescue Service are making their way to the scene.
It's believed the seal arrived in the field via a stream.