Here's the first glimpse of the newest puppet to star in the Giant Spectacular. The grandmother will join the little girl and her dog in this year's event. She'll remain 'sleeping' at St George's Hall until the spectacle begins on Friday.
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Early rain clears southeast, then cool and breezy with showers. Saturday looks like the drier and brighter day of the weekend