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How a small step by Hollyoaks can mean a lot

Hollyoaks has been training its staff to help them understand the needs of artists from a variety of different backgrounds.

The Liverpool- based production which is also filmed in Chester is the first to introduce an actor with autism.

It's hoped that other media outlets will now follow their lead. Talia Grant who plays Brooke Hathaway explains how important it is.

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How the skills of a knitting group from Cheshire are helping people with dementia

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They have got together to knit woollen sleeves which can stop confused patients pulling medical tubes out of their arms.

The idea has been so successful that they have had to enlist a small army of knitters to make the thousands requested by hospitals in the last year.

Our correspondent Andy Bonner reports:

Council chiefs defend use of Bentleys and limousines

Cheshire West and Chester Council has come under fire by the Tax Payer's Alliance over the cost of its luxury limousine used by civic dignitaries.

The Bentley Continental has a starting retail price of £132,000. Some say the money could be better spent elsewhere.

In a statement to Granada Reports, The council said:

Cheshire West and Chester Council do not pay for any lease or own any civic vehicle.

The City of Chester Charter Trustees lease two vehicles, including a Bentley Flying Spur and a Jaguar XE Prestige. The Jaguar replaced a Vauxhall Insignia in Autumn 2017. Ellesmere Port Charter Trustees also lease a Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.

– Cheshire West and Chester Council

Councillor Alex Black, Chair of the City of Chester Charter Trustees, said:

Charter Trustees are separate organisations from the Council and raise their own precept. They have their own decision-making powers and manage their own budgets. The Council cannot influence their decisions.

These two vehicles are in constant use by our very busy civic team. Decisions like vehicle leases are discussed and voted on by the board of trustees. There are a number of factors that go into deciding which vehicles are most appropriate, including suitability, supporting local industry and environmental impact.

– Councillor Alex Black

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The Mystery Plays are back in Chester

A fascinating tradition in our region dates back many centuries and only happens once every five years.

The Mystery Plays involves more than two hundred amateur actors and puts a modern twist on stories from the Bible.

They attract visitors from around the World to Chester Cathedral.

For one family taking part, this year's mystery plays will be particularly poignant. Our reporter Andrew Fletcher met them during final rehearsals.

Final preparations take place for Chester's Mystery Plays

More than two hundred amateur actors are about to take to a very special stage in Chester.

The Mystery Plays, which put a modern twist on stories from the Bible, attract visitors from around the World to Chester cathedral when they're performed every 5 years.

Taking part this year is the Russell family. For them, this year's mystery plays will be particularly poignant as father and husband Stewart died two years ago.

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