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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Bitterly cold today, but mainly bright, dry and sunny. Winds easing, but still feeling raw
Wintry flurries overnight for West Lancashire, Cumbria and North Wales. Icy stretches developing by morning. Windy and feeling bitterly cold