Troops from one of the region's main army regiments deploy to Afghanistan today. Four hundred soldiers from the 2nd and 4th Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment leave their base near Blackpool for a six month tour of Helmand Province.
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New works will explore the history of Indian textiles and will run at Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery.