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High-flying Burnley hit new heights as outdoor centre is reopened in Lancashire

Burnley star Jack Cork meets local schoolchildren Credit: Burnley FC

Burnley FC stars Jack Cork, Chris Wood and Adam Legzdins, alongside the Mayor of Pendle Councillor David Whalley, officially reopened Burnley FC in the Community’s Whitehough Outdoor Centre in Barley.

The players met children from local primary schools Castercliff Primary Academy and Pendle Primary Academy who were enjoying activities at the Lancashire facility.

Mike Hall reports.

Parents in Salford fighting to keep council run nurseries

Parents of young children in Salford have been campaigning to safeguard the long term future of its five council run nurseries.

The authority says government cuts to early years funding have left it with a one and a half million pound shortfall.

Closures of all five nurseries would affect 350 children and mean 100 jobs losses.

Ralph Blunsom reports


Hundreds of parents marched through Salford over nursery closures

Protestors marching through the streets of Salford Credit: Ralph Blunson

Parents have taken to the streets to campaign for the long term future of Salford's five council run nurseries.

The Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner joined the campaigners along with three of the area's MPs.

Protestors campaigning to secure the future of council run nurseries Credit: Ralph Blunsom

All of the nurseries are rated outstanding by government inspector Ofsted. They care for around 350 children, many with special educational needs and employ 100 staff.

After a series of protests, Salford's Mayor Paul Dennett agreed to pause a consultation on the closures.

This was to allow the council, trade unions, MPs and parents and staff to lobby the government for funding to keep the nurseries open.

The consultation on closures is now set to resume on Monday.

Addressing the protestors, Angela Rayner accused the government of betraying parents on early years education.

WATCH: IoM School children plant trees for 10th anniversary of Trees of Life project

Credit: ITV Granada

School children on the Isle of Man have planted the 5,000th tree ten years on from saplings first planted at Conrhenny plantation.

'Trees For Life' saw Year 1 and Year 3 pupils from Henry Bloom Noble Primary plant the 5,000th tree in the community woodland.

Some saplings had been brought over from Scotland for the occasion.

Universities hit by strike action

Manchester University is one of five institutions to be hit by walkouts Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

Five universities across the region will be hit by strike action today.

Members of the University and College Union are striking at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster, University of Manchester and the University of Salford.

It is the first of fourteen planned walk outs in the next four weeks as part of a nationwide dispute over pensions.

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