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On the right road to recovery: the little cars helping little patients in hospital for surgery

Doctors at the Royal Bolton Hospital have found a new way of transporting their youngest patients. Credit: ITV News.

Surgery can be a stressful experience for anyone, but especially for children.

So, one of the region's hospitals has come up with a novel way of getting kids in to theatre with smiles on their faces.

Doctors at the Royal Bolton Hospital have found a new way of transporting their youngest patients in style.

It's in the hope it'll keep them relaxed ahead of their operations.

Elaine Willcox has been for a quick spin:

Dementia garden - a growing hit with young and old alike in Bolton

Next the magical new dementia friendly space that a hit with young and old alike.

It comes as the Alzheimers Society revealed that 225,000 will develop dementia in the UK this year, that's one every three minutes.

The space at Mill View care home in Bolton was made possible thanks to a special garden grant from the Local Authority.

Rachel Townsend reports on the popular new alliance between old and young.


Mark Radcliffe to take time off his radio show for "cancerous tongue and lymph node issues"

Mark Radcliffe Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment/EMPICS Entertainment

Bolton-born broadcaster Mark Radcliffe has said he will be taking some time off his radio show for treatment for "cancerous tongue and lymph node issues".

The radio presenter, 60, made the announcement during his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

Radcliffe said he hoped to be "back in action" in the new year or sooner if he feels well enough, before wishing his listeners a Merry Christmas.

WATCH: Bolton's 'Munitionettes'

As the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War approaches, we're looking back at the role of those back home.

The conflict wasn't just fought in the trenches on the Western Front, but on the home front too. Almost a million women worked in munitions factories all over the country, including Horwich near Bolton.

The local heritage centre is paying tribute to the so-called Munitionettes.

Paul Crone reports.

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