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Southport girl gives Prince Harry piggy likeness

Olivia presents Harry with a pottery pig

Prince Harry was also presented with a pottery pig at the WellChild awards by a girl from Southport. The ornament was designed to look like him, with the addition of curly red hair and a suit and tie.

Olivia Ruston, who won a young hero award for caring for her severely ill sister, said: "I wanted to make him something to say thank-you for all the work he does for WellChild.

"He said he really liked that it looked like him."

See an interview with Olivia from Good Morning Britain here.

Pottery pig Prince Harry


Tom's joke appeal captures celebrity imagination

Tom Heyes who's 10 and from Ormskirk is compiling a joke book for charity and all sorts of celebrities have seen him their favourites. It's to raise money for Southport Day Centre and the British Heart Foundation, in memory of his granddads.

Our own jester Paul Crone met Tom, and you can watch the video below.

Tom putting together joke book for granddads

A ten-year-old who is putting together a joke book in memory of his granddads, has had some amusing replies from famous faces.

Tom Heyes with some jokes from famous faces Credit: Paul Crone, ITV Granada

Tom Heyes from Ormskirk has been asking for jokes from famous people, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Southport Day Unit.

He's had jokes back from comedians including Liverpool's John Bishop, and even had two replies from Balmoral and Kensington Palace, and even one from Granada Reports.

There's more about Tom's joke book on Facebook.

Some of the replies Tom has had Credit: Tom Heyes


Man held after body found in Southport

Linaker Street, Southport. Credit: Google Street View

A 31-year-old man has been held by police after the discovery of a man's body at a house in Southport last night.

Merseyside Police were called to Linaker Street in Southport at about 7.45pm, after a woman called police to advise she had found the body of a 33-year-old man at the address.

Officers attended and the suspect, from Skelmersdale, who was present at the address, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The police said the death is being treated as unexplained.

A Home Office post mortem examination to establish the cause of death will be carried out.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Sefton CID on 0151 777 3460, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

92-year-old former Spitfire pilot does parachute jump for charity

Peter Proctor taking part in his sky dive Credit: ITV Anglia

A 92-year-old World War Two veteran from Southport has taken part in a sky dive for charity.

Peter Proctor never had to use his parachute during the war but deployed one for the first time today in aid of an RAF charity.

Peter Proctor Credit: ITV Anglia

Peter who was stationed in Africa, Egypt, India and Burma during the war made his jump with the RAF Falcons Parachute display team..

Briefing before the sky dive Credit: ITV Anglai

The money he raises will go to the RAF Association which provide welfare support to servicemen and their families.

Toddlers learn to swim a mile thanks to 'Water Whisperer'

'Water Whisperer' Gail Ricketts and two of her pupils Credit: ITV

A swimming teacher from Southport has become known as the "Water Whisperer" because she can make her young pupils swim remarkable distances.

Gail Ricketts taught a two-year-old to swim 20 metres without armbands. Her lessons have seen toddlers swim more than a mile.

Pupils' parents gave her the moniker of "whisperer", as she convinces youngsters that they "will be able" to swim further.

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