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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.

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Cheshire golfer's dream comes true

156 golfers will battle it out in this year's Open at Royal Birkdale, Southport. Among them is a young man from Sale in Cheshire. Back in 2004 we spent the day filming with 8-year-old Haydn McCullen. His dream back then was just to play in the Open.

Tomorrow, just short of his 21st birthday, that dream will come true.

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 worldwidewheelwright.com/elsies-journey

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