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    Just before 9.40am on Saturday 9 September 2017, police were called to reports that a light aircraft had crashed on farm land shortly after take-off from City Airport, Barton. Four people were on board at the time of the incident, fortunately all walked away with minor injuries. They were taken to hospital for treatment but were subsequently released. A 51-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft, fraud by false representation and other air navigation order offences following warrants being executed at two addresses near Blackpool, Lancashire. Police Constable Suzanne Keenan of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741 or 101, quoting incident number 669 of 09/09/17. This can be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Image Credit: Google
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  4. The candidates have been announced as nominations to enter the election closed at 4pm on Friday 17 November. The candidates are: • Michael Felse, Independent • James Mount, Conservative Party • Wilson Nkurunziza, Labour Party • Jake Overend, Liberal Democrats • Ian Pattinson, Green Party The by-election was called to find a replacement for Councillor Paul Longshaw who passed away earlier this year. Residents in the Langworthy ward now have until 28 November to register to vote if they have not already done so. Polling stations in the ward will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 14 December, the day of the election. For further information please visit https://www.salford.gov.uk/registertovote
  5. WANTED: JORDAN MARLAND (28/11/97)

    Jordan Marland (28/11/97) from Eccles is wanted on recall to prison. He was released from prison after serving part of a sentence for assault and is now wanted for breaching the conditions of his licence. He has links around the Salford area. Anyone with information about Marland’s whereabouts should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  6. Last week
  7. The widely advertised meeting (in which it was expected would allow local people to discuss the issue of the road disruption currently plaguing the area) was due to take place this evening (16/11/17) at St Mary's Church hall, was cancelled after large numbers of people turned up to have their say, voice their frustration and demand answers from local Councillors. Many are asking why the venue was not changed before hand as it had become quite obvious in local Facebook Groups that it was going to be well attended. "It was blatantly obvious that the building they were aiming to use would not cut it", said one resident. To be fair to the Committee they have had dwindling numbers attend previous meetings but some argue they were well aware of the discontent from the public and that a larger venue should have been arranged or people notified that the meeting would be postponed until they could arrange a larger venue. Ironically the Committee meeting had penciled in just 5 minutes to discuss the A57 issues which are causing misery to local people as they tried to navigate the roadworks and now a newly created bottle neck at Barley Farm. Some residents had complained of journeys that should take minutes now taking over an hour at peak times. Such an important topic having such a huge impact on the lives of local people deserves more than just 5 minutes to discuss. It was apparent that the local Councillors had totally underestimated growing public anger. Much of the current congestion is being caused by a dispute over who is responsible for liability of the new bridge across to Trafford, which was hoped would help to better manage traffic flow around the stadium and give a second route out of the area. Salford Council is currently speaking to solicitors as they are refusing to accept responsibility, as too are Peel Holdings and Trafford Council who insist it is not their liability. At the moment it looks like stalemate and there have even been rumours and speculation that the bridge may require a toll if the dispute is not settled, although no announcement has been made that would suggest that would be the case. Councillor Jones demanded that Peel open the bridge at a Full Council Meeting yesterday, but that seems to have fallen on deaf ears and done little to affect the situation as the Council looks set to locks horns with Peel in court over the bridges future. Meanwhile continuing traffic misery is set to continue for locals as the battle for a resolution to the problem commences. Further delays to the opening of the crossing will only build further resentment towards Peel's plans to grow Port Salford in the area whilst at the same time damaging the local Council who are being made to look inept in their inability to deal with the issue beforehand. It's a no win situation for everyone at the moment and all sides seem to be digging in for the long haul. The meeting is to be rescheduled at a later date and hopefully in a bigger venue that complies with the 'Fire Regulations'.
  8. We are posting this as there has been a spate of similar robberies in and around Salford in recent months and although this is technically in Bolton it is more or less on our border. Earlier in the week there was a robbery at another McColls store in Walkden. At around 8.15pm on Sunday 12 November 2017, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at a McColls on Newbrook Road. Five men wearing balaclavas entered the shop, one of which was brandishing a crow bar. They threatened the staff behind the counter, demanding that they hand the cigarettes over and emptying the tills into a bag they were carrying. The group then demanded access to the safe, which they emptied, before escaping around the back of the shop.Detective Constable Leanne Blake of GMP’s Bolton Borough, said: Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5757 or 101, quoting incident number 2126 of 12/11/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  9. WANTED: ANTHONY HANEY (05/08/1986)

    Anthony Haney (05/08/1986) of Newmarket Mews, Salford is wanted on recall to prison for burglary offences. Haney has links with the Salford and Glasgow areas and all efforts to trace him so far have proved unsuccessful. Anyone with information about Haney’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101, or make a report through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  10. A joint letter was sent by the lead member of Salford City Council, the city’s youth mayor and member of youth parliament to all Greater Manchester leaders asking them to support reducing the voting age to 16. And today Salford City Council has formally backed the campaign by passing a motion at full council. More than 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are currently denied the vote in the UK. The city’s Youth Council recently hosted a schools debate in the council chamber on the ‘Votes at 16’ campaign and members chose to overwhelmingly support it. The second reading of the Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement and Education) Bill 2017-19 had its second reading debate in the House of Commons on 3 November 2017, but it was timed out. The debate will now continue on Friday 1 December. Councillor Lisa Stone, Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services at Salford City Council, said: Josh Baxter, Member of Youth Parliament for Salford, said: Wik Matuszewska, Salford’s Youth Mayor, said:
  11. Harold Riley, 82, has remained devoted to his Salford roots throughout his 66 year career and the prestigious award will recognise that commitment and passion for his home city. A special ceremony will take place at Salford Museum and Art Gallery on 15 November. Afterwards Harold Riley is being granted the opportunity to drive a small flock of sheep along The Crescent. Riley sold his first painting to the City Art Gallery when he was 11 years old. His extensive and wide-ranging work has portrayed the ordinary working lives of people of Salford and is an important record of the city’s social history. He also developed an international reputation for sporting works and as a portraitist, commissioned to paint portraits of royalty, popes and presidents. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Harold Riley - background Harold Riley was born in Salford in 1934 and was helped to sell his first painting by L.S. Lowry. The pair became lifelong friends. After winning a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art in London and studying in Spain and Italy, Harold returned to Salford in 1960 and has remained here throughout his career. He has been Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester since 1984. Harold joined L.S. Lowry in documenting the changing face of Salford and its people in paintings, drawings and photographs – a project which eventually spanned 70 years. This important collection provides a unique perspective on Salford’s rich social history and the remarkable changes it has seen over that period. Harold’s deep seated passion for Salford, its heritage and people has led him to endlessly promote the city throughout his life. He has staged everything from intimate displays of his work to support Salford causes to international events such as the critically acclaimed Salford 80 photography exhibition in 1980. This featured 20 exhibitions throughout Salford and Manchester and was attended by Prince Phillip. Harold also developed a strong reputation as a portrait painter of the rich and famous. His commissions include Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester, Pope John XIII, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II and United States Presidents John F. Kennedy and Gerald Ford. He was also the only artist Nelson Mandela ever sat for. His sporting works are also world-renowned, particularly of golf and football. Harold played for Manchester United as a junior before going to university. Harold’s generosity is legendary and he has used his talent to support many local organisations and good causes. In 2013, after a retrospective exhibition of his photography from 1943 to 2007 at The Lowry, Harold donated a photograph of an elderly woman in shawl and clogs walking on cobbles to the University of Salford. A print of that photograph was presented to the 5,000 students who graduated that year. Many years ago Harold made two sketches of a baby lying happily in a suitcase as the family moved from their home in Salford. Harold donated the sketch to Childline; it sold for £25,000. Harold gave the other sketch to Nelson Mandela. Harold had six lengthy sittings with Nelson Mandela over 18 months in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The portrait he created was unveiled in 2005 and raised more than $1m for South African children’s charities at auction in New York. Harold also sold 50 copies of a book of drawings he created to prepare for the portrait. Each book sold for £17,500 and Harold donated all the money to his Riley Educational Foundation set up look after his life’s work and promote art in the north west. Harold has created a collection of 500 pieces featuring photographs, monographs, views of MediaCityUK, sporting images and portraits all with a strong Salford theme and gifted the entire collection to Salford Royal hospital. Copies of the work were then put on public display in corridors, wards and waiting rooms at the new Hope building. In early 2017, Harold raised more than £50,000 for the NSPCC with a sketch of his wife drawn from his hospital bed while in intensive care at Salford Royal Hospital. The sketch raised £55,000 for the charity’s Childline service. Salford City Council has created an archive and studio for Harold in a conservation area around the old fire station on the Crescent in Salford. Schedule Guests will arrive at Salford Museum and Art Gallery from 1pm. A private ceremony will take place from 1.30pm And at 2.45pm Harold will drive a small flock of sheep along The Crescent and is available for photograph and filming opportunities.
  12. Salford City Council was forced to close the George Thomas play area in Prince’s Park, Irlam after local teenagers ripped up the rubber safety surface in August. The council has now laid a new £20,000 sand filled carpet to replace the rubber surface and re-open the playground – but isn’t stopping there. It’s allocated a further £35,000 to support local community groups who are trying to raise up to £100,000 to transform the play area.Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing and neighbourhoods added: contains a unique remnant of the original course of the River Irwell which is now an important habitat for a range of local wildlife.
  13. Two offenders had entered the shop at around 6.50am this morning (Mon 13th) whereupon they stole a number of items before making off in an unknown direction. Police enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances around this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 292 of 13/11/17. Main image copyright: The Local Data People.
  14. Social value means using all spending in Salford to maximise value for local people, the environment, the local economy and the city – everything from working with suppliers to provide apprenticeships and training to young people to encouraging recycling, green transport and volunteering. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett and Social Value Alliance Chair Alison Page of Salford CVS are backing the campaign which aims to achieve by 2021: 4,690 more people volunteering in Salford At least 25 more 16 and 17 year olds who are currently not in education, employment and training (NEET) going into employment, education and training every year 19,000 Salford adults aged 16 and over saying that they feel more satisfied with their life than they did last year 42 kg less waste generated by each Salford household every year 3,450 tonnes more Salford waste recycled per year 2,280 more people out of their cars and using green methods of transport to get to work 6,300 fewer inactive people in Salford 1,570 more Salford people paid the Living Wage Foundation Living Wage 780 more people from vulnerable groups in Salford in new jobs, apprenticeships, training and work experience placements 1,130 fewer Salford households living in fuel poverty Increased use of local companies and local supply chains Alison Page, Chair of Salford’s Social Value Alliance said: The campaign was unveiled alongside Salford City Council first report into the ‘social impact’ of its spending showing that spending ‘local’ has put £111 million directly into Salford’s economy, created over 2,000 jobs and hundreds of apprenticeships. Salford City Council won top prize at the national Social Enterprise Awards 2016 for Building the Social Market Place City Mayor Paul Dennett said: The report highlights that: 56% of the council’s direct spend (£111m*) is with Salford based suppliers and growing 63% of the council’s total spend (£124m*) is with small and medium enterprises, including social enterprises and voluntary/community organisations and growing 70% of the council’s total spend (£48m*) with Salford based suppliers is with organisations based in, or with a branch in, the 20% most deprived areas of the city
  15. Empowered Conversations, which is run by Salford social enterprise Six Degrees, is a communication course that helps carers to consider their relationship with their loved ones living with dementia and to help them think about how they communicate. Emma Smith, Empowered Conversations project manager, said: “'We create a warm, safe space for family carers to press the pause button on life for a few hours. The course encourages carers to think about their relationship, how they feel, how the person with dementia might feel, what gets in the way of us having the conversations we want to have, and can we make some small changes to get over this. “There isn't an easy fix, we don't have all of the answers, but we do know that talking this through with others who know exactly how you feel really helps.” The training course will be held at Morrisons, Eccles on Thursday, November 23, from 6pm- 8.30pm for a total of three weeks. For more information or to book the course call 0161 212 4981 or email emma@empowered-conversations.co.uk
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  17. Traffic management has now been removed. The only remaining cones on the road are to manage traffic flow in the area until the bridge opens. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Tonight (Friday 10 November) Sale Sharks play a match at the AJ Bell Stadium and extra resources have been put in place by the council and stadium company to help the traffic flow. Staff from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will be manually controlling the traffic lights at both Peel Green roundabout and the stadium with support from a specialist traffic management company. Councillor Roger Jones, Executive Support for Transport at Salford City Council, said:

    We Run Salford has been awarded £200 for new club t-shirts thanks to Salix Homes’ Springboard fund, which supports local initiatives that promote health and wellbeing, boost community spirit, reduce isolation or improve the environment. The club, based in Langworthy, was set up in 2014 by friends Rachel Morris and Karen Ainsworth to encourage more women to take up running. The club’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of women by reducing isolation, increasing confidence, and encouraging women to make positive life changes and empower themselves. Club founder and qualified fitness coach Rachel said: The club, which has more than 60 members, is open to all women regardless of age and experience and it’s free to join in. Jeanette Green, Salix Homes’ neighbourhood manager for the Langworthy area, said: The project is one of the first to benefit from Salix Homes’ Springboard fund, which provides cash boosts to local groups and initiatives that are making a difference in Salford. Since launching Springboard this summer, Salix Homes, which owns more than 8,300 properties in Salford, has donated, or pledged to donate, almost £30,000 to local causes. We Run Salford meets at the Lifecentre on Langworthy Road every Thursday at 7.30pm. To find out more go to http://lifecentre.org.uk/about-the-lifecentre/werunsalford
  19. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett formally approved the suspension of contributions from the club for 36 months, subject to an annual review. This is on the condition the club retains its name and honours its previous agreements by playing its home games at the AJ Bell Stadium in the city. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “Salford Red Devils is an institution in our city and a huge part of the Salford identity. I believe this decision is in the best interests of the taxpayer of Salford. “It is concerning to hear about the continued financial difficulties faced by the club, especially in light of the important role that the club has for our city. “We have agreed to extend the CVA on the club for three years, on annual review. Our accountants will have full access to the club’s accounts and finances and we are determined to turn things around. “I have met with fans and hope to meet with them regularly until we turn this situation around and help the club stand on its own two feet again.” The club’s relationship with the council has a long history. In 2013 all creditors entered into a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) which sets out terms for a loan to be paid back to the council over a 25 year period. This came about when the new owner took on a historic debt when he bought the club. Previously the City Mayor said it would be a mistake to change the name of the club to incorporate Manchester. The length of the CVA has not been extended, meaning the club will still have to repay its debt over the agreed 25 years. The council agreed to this on the condition that the club pays the council £17,000 for IT support services and makes a contribution of £30,000 each year to the CVA to distribute to creditors.
  20. Officers attended and found a 41-year-old man had been walking down the street when his phone was taken from him. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances around this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1741 of 07/11/17.

    The day follows Armistice Day which marks the ending of the First World War in 1918 – when the guns fell silent at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Ceremonial Mayor of Salford Councillor Peter Connor said: “It’s a day to pause, remember and honour those who gave their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. Their bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten.” Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the services. Remembrance in Salford Sunday 12 November Salford – Albion Place, The Crescent, Salford Assemble at Albion Place at 10.30am Service and wreath laying starts at 10.45am at The Cenotaph, Albion Place, The Crescent, Salford. Swinton – Chorley Road, Swinton Parade assembles at Morrisons, Swinton Hall Road, Swinton at 9.50am. Parade leaves at10.15am. Service and wreath laying starts at 10.45am at The Cenotaph, Chorley Road, Swinton. Eccles – Church Street, Eccles Parade assembles at the car park at the back of Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, Eccles at 10.30am Service and wreath laying starts at 10.45am at The Cenotaph, Church Street, Eccles. Walkden and Worsley – Parr Fold Park, Walkden Road, Walkden Parade assembles at Walkden British Legion, Wilfred Road, Walkden at 9.20am Church service at St Paul’s CE, Manchester Road, Walkden at 10am Wreath laying starts at 10.50am at The Cenotaph, Parr Fold Park. Irlam and Cadishead – Princes Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam Parade assembles at Irlam Catholic Club, Liverpool Road, Irlam at 10.20am Service and wreath laying starts at 10.50am at The Cenotaph, Princes Park. Little Hulton – St Paul’s Church, Peel Lane, Little Hulton Service and wreath laying at The Cenotaph at 10.30am.
  22. Think you know all about the world's longest running soap opera, Coronation Street? Then test your knowledge at Salford Museum & Art Gallery's fun Corrie-themed pub quiz over a drink or two. If you know all about Gail's husbands, Ken's love interests, the Rovers' barmaids and can name who murdered Ernest Bishop, then this is the quiz for you! This event is part of the new Tony Warren Four Miles from Manchester exhibition and in order to brush up on Tony Warren's brilliant older storylines and characters as well as the more up-to-date stuff why not pop in to the exhibition which runs from now until next July? You and your quiz team could win a superb Corrie prize. Plus there's the chance to grab a drink and enjoy a spot of Betty's Hotpot. The quiz is for teams of up to six people. Here's the full event Price includes a portion of Betty's Hotpot (vegetarian option available). Book now. Photo credit: ITV
  23. As a way to commemorate 50 years of Broughton Leisure Centre, the centre is re-opening with a newly refurbished gym and a brand new Female Only Gym. Recent consultation influenced the redevelopment, as locals were asked what facilities would attract them to use the centre. Following a survey, 51% of women requested a ladies only gym, 60% of female respondents said a ladies only gym would encourage them to exercise more and 84% said they would be likely to use a female only gym. Current members also helped decide the new gym equipment that has been installed as part of the refurbishment. This includes a new spinning area, tyre flip, new generation treadmills, step climbers and crosstrainers. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Broughton Leisure Centre and the opening of the ladies only gym, a full filled open weekend will be held on Saturday 11th November (8.15am-4pm) and Sunday 12th November 8.15am-1pm). During the open weekend, the leisure centre will be running a series of 50p offers including join for just 50p and pay nothing until December for an Aspire Gym membership, get a FREE Freedom pass, saving you £18 and then get 50p off any activity every time you visit for 12 month, all activities 50p, including swimming and gym sessions, all refreshments 50p and there will be face painting for children. Download the form for a FREE Freedom pass – salfordcommunityliesure.co.uk/sport
  24. The two-week initiative has been launched by the TravelSafe Partnership (TSP) and will see police and TravelSafe officers using a range of tactics to keep people safe on the region’s sprawling bus and tram networks, which cater for more than 240 million journeys each year. Some of the activity during the fortnight long operation will include covert and high visibility TravelSafe officers on board public transport, as well as being deployed on the platforms and bus stations to deter and tackle criminality. The team will also execute warrants issued by court enforcement officials to retrieve unpaid fines. Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, who leads the partnership for GMP said: The partnership is made up of TravelSafe Officers (TSOs) (who are Security Industry Authority accredited), Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and police officers, all dedicated to patrolling the transport network including busses and trams. The multiagency approach is designed to tackle and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. It uses antisocial behaviour and crime data alongside intelligence from operators to allocate dedicated resources in areas where they are most needed. The unit is split by four areas to cover the whole city region. By doing this the team are able to familiarise themselves with the areas they serve and work alongside other partners to get to tackle broader issues associated with antisocial behaviour in those areas. Greater Manchester's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Beverley Hughes said: TfGM’s Customer Director, Stephen Rhodes, said:
  25. Cilla the Musical is on its way to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this month. The show is the spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of Cilla Black, by BAFTA award winner Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Philomena, From The Cradle To The Grave, Mrs Biggs). Kara Lily Hayworth was chosen from thousands of hopefuls who auditioned to play the title role. Andrew Lancel (Brian Epstein) and Carl Au (Bobby Willis) are also among the cast of Bill Kenwright’s new show. It also stars Amy Bridges (Rose Willis); Gemma Brodrick-Bower (Pauline); Paul Broughton (John White); Bill Caple (Ringo Starr); Tom Christian (Kenny Willis); Tom Dunlea (Hutch); Pauline Fleming (Big Cilla); Joshua Gannon (Paul McCartney); Billie Hardy (Pat) and Michael Hawkins (John Lennon). The musical reunites Tom Dunlea, Michael Hawkins and Gemma Brodrick-Bower, all of whom starred in Jeff Pope’s original ITV mini-series Cilla, on which the musical is based. It also reunites Andrew Lancel with the role of Epstein, which he played on stage to great critical acclaim in Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles. Andrew is best known to TV audiences as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street and as DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill. The legendary Merseybeat sound is authentically performed live on stage by the cast who are completed by Alan Howell, Jay Osbourne, Alex Harford, Will Kinnon, Jenny Murphy, Tom Sowinski and Christopher Weeks. Cilla – The Musical tells the extraordinary story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead her to becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time. It’s an introduction by a young John Lennon to music mogul Brian Epstein that changes Priscilla White’s life forever. By the age of just 25 she would be known as singer and TV Star Cilla Black, Number One selling artist and at the forefront of the Brit-Pop music scene. The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie, You’re My World and Something Tells Me, Twist and Shout by the Beatles, California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and The Papas, and many more. Cilla – The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield, alongside Executive Producer Robert Willis CILLA – THE MUSICAL WRITTEN BY JEFF POPE DIRECTED BY BILL KENWRIGHT & BOB TOMSON LISTING INFORMATION CILLA THE MUSICAL Palace Theatre, Manchester 97 Oxford Street Manchester M1 6FT Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 November 2017 Performances: Tues – Sat at 7.30pm | Weds, Thurs & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm Tickets: From £17.90 Box Office: 0844 871 3019* www.atgtickets.com/manchester * *Booking/transaction fee applies
  26. BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL heads to Palace Theatre Manchester this Christmas. It’s just six weeks until the award-winning show, which tells the story of the hugely talented American singer-songwriter, opens. And today producers have revealed the first images of the production which will entertain and enthrall Manchester audiences over the festive season. The stunning stage show will be at the Palace Theatre from Tuesday 12 December 2017 until Saturday 6 January 2018. Bronté Barbé is playing the title role, and she will be joined by Kane Oliver Parry as King’s husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin; Amy Ellen Richardson as songwriter Cynthia Weil; Matthew Gonsalves as songwriter Barry Mann; Carol Royle as King’s mother Genie Klein; and Adam Howden as music publisher and producer Donnie Kirshner. At certain performances, Carole King will be played by Leigh Lothian. BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL received its Broadway premiere in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses, and throughout 2015/2016 it toured the US. The London production ended its triumphant two-and-a-half-year run at the Aldwych on 5 August. The Tokyo production opened this July, and the Australian production in September. Bronté Barbé was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC1 television series Over The Rainbow in 2010. Since then she has appeared on stage in both London’s West End and around the UK. Previous credits include Cool Rider in the West End and Princess Fiona in the UK Tour of Shrek – The Musical. She most recently starred in The Wild Party at The Other Palace. Kane Oliver Parry has starred in Carousel and Sweeney Todd at London’s Coliseum. West End credits include Wicked and Urinetown. Kane also appeared in The Light Princess at the National Theatre and the International Arena Tour of We Will Rock You. Amy Ellen Richardson’s West End theatre credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Crazy For You and Les Misérables. After appearing in the UK Tour of Singin’ in the Rain, Amy recently reprised the role of Kathy Selden in Tokyo at Theatre Orb. Matthew Gonsalves is currently appearing in the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. His other theatre credits include Dirty Dancing and Dreamboats and Petticoats both on UK Tour. Matthew has also been a singer and vocal arranger for artists including Florence and the Machine, Westlife, Will Young, Leona Lewis, and Barry Manilow. Carol Royle’s theatre credits include Moonlight at the Donmar and the UK Tour of An Ideal Husband. Carole has also appeared in many television series including Crossroads, Casualty, Doctors, and Life Without George. Adam Howden’s previous theatre credits include Offie-nominated The Talented Mr Ripley, Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, and Spring Awakening. Television credits include Doctors, The Interns, Whitechapel, New Tricks, and Holby City. Leigh Lothian is currently appearing in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Her other West End credits include Chariots of Fire at the Gielgud Theatre. Leigh has also appeared in The Beautiful Game at the Union Theatre, and Avenue Q and Kiss Me, Kate, both at the Gatehouse Theatre. The cast is completed by Merryl Ansah, Lauren Byrne, Matt Campbell, Khalid Daley, Jessica Joslin, Esme Laudat, Emma Lucia, Grant McConvey, Jacob McIntosh, Paige Miller, Matt Mills, Simeon Montague, Ben Morris, David O’Mahony, and Saran Webb. BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, including one of the best-selling albums of all time Tapestry, and countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman; Take Good Care of My Baby; You’ve Got a Friend; So Far Away; It Might as Well Rain Until September; Up on the Roof; and The Locomotion. The show also includes the Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann hit songs You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling; On Broadway; and We Gotta Get out of This Place. BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL has a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. www.beautifulmusical.co.uk/tour LISTING INFORMATION BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Palace Theatre, Manchester 97 Oxford Street Manchester M1 6FT Tuesday 12 December 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018 Tickets: From £15.50 Box Office: 0844 871 3019* www.atgtickets.com/venues/palace-theatre-manchester * *Booking/transaction fee applies
  27. Dusty, the landmark new musical based on the authorised biography of Dusty Springfield will have its world premiere at Theatre Royal Bath in June 2018 before playing at The Lowry, Salford from Tue 24 - Sat 28 July 2018. With a fiercely funny and emotionally charged script from BAFTA and Olivier nominated writer Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Coronation Street),Dusty will be directed by Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along, Stepping Out) and star Katherine Kingsley (Piaf, Singin’ in the Rain) in what promises to be a career-defining performance celebrating the music of a lifetime. Further casting will be announced in due course. Featuring many of Dusty Springfield’s blazingly soulful pop hits, including I Only Want to Be with You, Son of a Preacher Man and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Dusty celebrates the extraordinary and vivacious woman whose timeless voice immortalised her as “one of Britain's most successful female singers” (The Telegraph). Dusty originates from the notes and memoirs of the late singer’s close friend and manager Vicki Wickham, as well as conversations with her lifelong personal assistant Pat Rhodes, and friend and record company executive Tris Penna. London born Dusty Springfield’s career started in the late 1950’s. She soon became known across the world for her soulful voice and iconic look with hits spanning four decades. Her 1969 masterpiece ''Dusty In Memphis' is considered one of the greatest albums of all time and Dusty has been inducted into both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame. Jonathan Harvey wrote his first play in 1987, and has since written over 15 more, including Babies, Boom Bang-A-Bang and Beautiful Thing, which was later made into an acclaimed film. He has been the recipient of the Evening Standard, George Devine and John Whiting Awards, and his work has been both Bafta- and Olivier-nominated. Jonathan’s extensive television writing includes Coronation Street, on which he has worked since 2004, Beautiful People and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme. He has also written for shows as diverse as Rev, Shameless, At Home With The Braithwaites, The Catherine Tate Show and Tracey Ullman's Show. He has also published five novels and been hailed as ‘the new theatrical voice of his generation’. Best known as a three-time Olivier Award winning star of the musical stage, director Maria Friedman made an astonishing directorial debut in 2012 with a hugely acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along which won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards 2013, the Oliver Awards 2014 (for which Maria was also nominated for Best Director of a Musical), and the Critic’s Circle Award 2013. She went on to direct High Society at The Old Vic in 2015 and recently Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre. Katherine Kingsley has received widespread critical acclaim and multiple Olivier and WhatsOnStage award nominations. Theatre credits include playing Marlene Dietrich in Piaf (Donmar), Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre London, Manchester Opera House and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre), Helena in Michael Grandage Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Noël Coward Theatre), Lina Lamont in Singin’ In The Rain (Palace Theatre London and Chichester Festival Theatre) and The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre). On screen credits include the film Genius as well as appearances on The Bill, Casualty and Bad Education. Dusty is produced by Eleanor Lloyd Productions in association with Tris Penna and Vicki Wickham. Eleanor Lloyd Productions is currently presenting Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall. Recent projects include Nell Gwynn with Gemma Arterton, Olivier Award for Best Comedy (Apollo), Fantastic Mr Fox Winner Best Presentation of Touring Theatre - UK Theatre Awards (NST Theatres & Tour), 1984 (Playhouse, 2014, 2015 & 2016, Hudson Broadway), My Night with Reg, Olivier Nomination for Best Revival (Apollo) and Handbagged, Olivier Nomination for Best Comedy (Vaudeville and UK tour). Listings Information Dusty Date: Tue 24 - Sat 28 July 2018 Times: 7pm, Weds & Sat at 2pm Website
  28. Shortly before 3.30pm on Friday 3 November 2017, a blue Skoda Fabia was travelling northbound on the A575 Bolton Road in Walkden, near to The Ellesmere Shopping Centre, when it collided with a pedestrian who was crossing the carriageway. The pedestrian, a 51-year-old woman, was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical condition. The driver of the Skoda, a man, stayed at the scene and no arrests have been made. The road was closed for around four hours but is now fully reopened. Any witnesses to the collision are encouraged to contact police. Police Sergeant Lee Westhead of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: Anyone with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  29. At around 9.15pm this evening, Sunday 5 November, police were alerted by security staff to a possible abduction of a child at Heaton Park. A number of procedures were followed including the search of vehicles leaving the park and some disruption was caused. Officers have been working through the night to corroborate the report however, the evidence available at this time does not suggest that a child has been abducted. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with any concerns is encouraged to contact police. GMP’s Superintendent Mark Kenny said: Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 2512 of 05/11/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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