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Marc Almond talks about his new album, Shadows and Reflections

Marc Almond talks about his new album, Shadows and Reflections. Credit: ITV Granada

Southport's Marc Almond is perhaps best known for the number one song Tainted Love with Soft Cell in the early 1980s.

But he is going back to the 1960s for his latest album, Shadows and Reflections - and will be performing it with a live orchestra in Manchester and Liverpool next month.

He's been speaking to Andy Bonner:

Marc will play at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on October 19 and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on October 30.


Southport Flower Show opens for four days

Credit: Southport flower show
Credit: Southport Flower Show

The Southport Flower Show has opened for four days today.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the annual event at the resort's Victoria Park.

It's being billed as the largest independent flower show in the country.

Our reporter Ann O'Conner will have more on it at six ths evening on Granada Reports.


Southport wheelwright's charity trek

There are some people who walk from Land's End to John O 'Groats for charity. Others run marathons to raise money.

Phill Gregson and his wife Emily Credit: Paul Crone, ITV Granada

Southport wheelright Phill Gregson and his wife Emily are about to embark on a thousand mile journey from the Mersey to the Mediterranean... in a horse and cart.

They're raising money for three charities after they lost their baby daughter to a rare disease.

You can find out more about Phill and Emily's charity challenge at

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust returns to normal after cyber attack

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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has revealed that its computer systems are back to normal after Friday's cyber-attack.

The Trust runs Ormskirk and District General Hospital, Southport and Formby District General Hospital and provides healthcare in the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:

The Trust staff have been working tirelessly to return computer systems and clinical services back to normal since Friday’s cyber-attack on the NHS.

We reduced the number of planned services earlier in the week to ensure we continued to provide safe care for our patients.

From tomorrow all our services are returning to normal and patients with appointments should now attend as usual. There may, however, be some delays in clinics and we apologise in advance for these.

We will be in contact with patients whose appointments were stood down and, again, our apologies for the disruption caused to your care which was beyond our control.

– Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer
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