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Fran Halsall bids to complete medal collection in Rio thanks to new "selfish" approach

Southport swimmer Fran Halsall claims a more selfish approach has boosted her chances of qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

She went to the London Olympics targeting medals in five events but came home empty-handed. Since then, she has been unstoppable.

She has won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the British, European and World Championships and on Saturday swam a new British record in the 50m butterfly at the Manchester International.

It is the perfect preparation for her latest bid for Olympic glory, with the British trials just five months away.

She spoke to Mike Hall.


Pictures: The Red Arrows fly with the Vulcan bomber for the final time

The Vulcan, XH558, is the last airworthy example of the UK's famous V-Force fleet and 2015 is the delta-winged aircraft’s final flying season. Credit: Corporal Steve Buckley / MoD / Crown Copyright 2015

The Red Arrows have flown with the Vulcan bomber for the final time in a show of great British aviation icons.

Jets from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team performed a flypast with the Cold War aircraft at the Southport Air Show.

Thousands of people cheered and waved as the Red Arrows’ nine distinctive British-built Hawk aircraft made a V-shape in front of the Vulcan.

The striking formation flew over water, along the coast, near Southport. Credit: Corporal Steve Buckley / MoD / Crown Copyright 2015

“The Vulcan played both a significant role in the Cold War and in the history of British aviation and so it's only right we pay tribute to the aircraft, and all those people connected with it, during the bomber's final flying season.

"It was a great honour to lead a formation flypast with the Vulcan, particularly as the aircraft type was once based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire - now home to the Red Arrows.“

– Sqn Ldr Montenegro, a former Tornado pilot

Respite centre in Southport marks Paralympic Day

A respite centre in Southport is marking National Paralympic Day with a sports event for its residents.

The Revitalise centre Credit: ITV Granada

The Revitalise centre offers respite holidays for disabled people and their carers.

The Revitalise centre Credit: ITV Granada

Competitors took part in activities such as swimming and table tennis. The event coincides with the Anniversary Games held at Olympic Stadium.


Southport - Lib Dem Hold for John Pugh but share of vote down 18%

  • John Pugh (LD) 13,652 (30.96%, -18.65%)
  • Damien Moore (C) 12,330 (27.96%, -7.88%)
  • Liz Savage (Lab) 8,468 (19.20%, +9.79%)
  • Terry Durrance (UKIP) 7,429 (16.85%, +11.70%)
  • Laurence Rankin (Green) 1,230 (2.79%)
  • Jacqueline Barlow (Southport) 992 (2.25%)
  • LD maj 1,322 (3.00%)
  • 5.38% swing LD to C
  • Electorate 67,328; Turnout 44,101 (65.50%, +0.39%)
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