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At the age of 43 Claire Sweeney will enjoy her first Mother’s Day since the birth of her son writes Paul Mackenzie

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Shobna Gulati credit Rachel Joseph

Shobna Gulati talks to us about her Oldham roots, her childhood and her next transformation onto the musical stage. Emma Mayoh reports

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Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole has come a long way from his days as a builder but he’s hoping to raise the roof when he returns to the spiritual home of dancing next month.

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Rae Morris

22-year-old releases her debut album

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Elkie Brooks

Elkie Brooks marks her 70th birthday this month by returning to her Lancashire roots.She reveals to Paul Taylor a family split that may explain her musical talent

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Jo has now had 51 novels published

An author who has sold 20 million books talks about her new novel and the thrill of being described as a modern day Dickens. Roger Borrell reports

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Suranne Jones as DC Rachel Bailey. Photography by  Ben Blackall.

Oldham-born Suranne Jones talks to Paul Taylor about her idea for Lancashire’s answer to Cagney and Lacey. It proved so popular, it’s back for a fourth series.

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Prof Brian Cox with a display from the Collider exhibition at MOSI

TV star talks about life, the universe and everything.

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Helen Skelton

Dare-devil television presenter Helen Skelton has settled for a slightly quieter life in Manchester. Tony Greenway talks to her

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Mark McGann

Mark McGann has been playing the role of John Lennon, on and off, for over 30 years. He steps into John’s shoes again for In My Life at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, on August 24, a show which features Beatles tribute band Pepperland, from Sweden.

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Emmerdale actor, Kelvin Fletcher

TV fans know Kelvin Fletcher as dependable Andy Sugden but the Oldham actor is mastering a real-life role as a racing driver. Paul Taylor reports

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Rebecca Ryan at Salford Quays - Photo by Nathan Cox

Rebecca Ryan doesn’t shy away from tough roles. This month she stars in Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey. Emma Mayoh reports

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Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon

Cannon and Ball celebrate 52 years in partnership with a special show in Lytham

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James Martin at his restaurant at Manchester235 Casino

Saturday Kitchen chef on the Manchester food scene and serving Yorkshire Puddings in Lancashire

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Stretford-born Sarah in Last Tango in Halifax - Photographer: Ben Blackall

One of our best-loved stars tells Roger Borrell why we should get out more and go to the theatre

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Writer Sally Green 
Photo by Mark Allan

Lytham’s Sally Green has conjured up a novel that has bewitched the publishing world. She spoke to Roger Borrell

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Carol Klein

Most great gardeners get hooked early in life but Lancashire lass Carol Klein probably takes the record at just two years old.

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