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Entertainer Joe Longthorne to collect MBE

Joe Longthorne was made an MBE for his charity work Credit: Phil Noble/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Joe Longthorne will collect his MBE from the Queen today.

The entertainer, who lives in Blackpool, was given the award in the Birthday Honours list for his charity work.

Much of that work was done while Joe was seriously ill with cancer.

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Beacons lit across north west

As last night's Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace was drawing to a close, thousands of beacons were being lit around the country to celebrate the Queen's 60 year reign.

A network of flames criss-crossed the country, with a number of beacons lighting up the night sky here in the north west.

Our correspondent Andy Bonner joined the build-up to the event.

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