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Make a date: Santa’s sleigh is on its way

Members of Wigan Rotary Club will again by accompanying Santa around the streets of Wigan throughout December, as well as visiting supermarkets across the borough.

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The cast of Love, Lies and Records, including Ashley Jensen (second right)

Love, Lies and Records - Love, lies and too much more

My kids used to like a book called The Busy World of Richard Scarry, in which animals dressed as humans scurried about, going to work or enjoying their leisure time, all being terribly busy and pressed for time.

Arts
Grayson Perry is taking control of Channel 4's continuity mic

Listen up: Grayson Perry turns continuity announcer

Transvestite potter Grayson Perry is taking control of Channel 4's continuity mic to mark International Men's Day.

Arts
Lidl joins fellow budget supermarket Aldi in jumping on the Black Friday tradition

Lidl to take part in Black Friday for the first time

Lidl has announced that it will take part in Black Friday for the first time this year.

Business
The 49-year-old has been in custody since Thursday afternoon on suspicion of the 19-year-old's murder.

Police continue to quiz man, 49, in Gaia Pope disappearance probe

Murder probe detectives are continuing to question a man believed to be known to missing teenager Gaia Pope over her suspicious disappearance.

Offbeat
Bradley Walsh in the studio

Bradley Walsh: On my tombstone it will say 'At last a day off'

Game show host, actor, presenter and singer Bradley Walsh talks to Joe Nerssessian about his second album in as many years, twelve months after he became the UK's biggest-selling debut male artist.

Music
Zabaione from Gino's Italian Coastal Escape by Gino D'Acampo

How to make Gino D'Acampo's zabaione with limoncello and strawberries

A sweet and cooling pud.
Whats on
Listening to soothing ASMR sounds

What is ASMR and why is everyone obsessed with it?

A new relaxation phenomenon is sweeping the internet. Here, we unpick the science behind these viral sounds and visuals.
Health
The new Audi design centre

Behind the scenes at Audi's new design centre

One of a lucky few invited inside, Jack Healy reveals what lies behind the glimmering glass windows

Transport
Adam Hennings and David Conlin, Chris brother

‘We tried to save tragic Chris’ life’

Two men have spoken of the moment they desperately tried to save the life of tragic homeless man Chris Conlin after he collapsed in an alleyway.

News
Self-scan supermarket checkouts being targeted by thieves

North West shoppers are most light-fingered at self-scan checkouts

A recent study has revealed that Britons steal £3.2bn from supermarkets via self-scan each year, with almost one quarter of Britons confessing to having sticky fingers when not being at the checkout - the biggest 'takers' coming from the North West.
North West
The Nimes Roman ampitheatre

TRAVEL: Underground and overground in beautiful southern France

Smell. Taste. Think.
News
Winnie the pooh

COLUMN: Why are we all so horrid?

One  worrying side effect of our web generation is the increased opportunity to be perfectly horrid to each other.

Opinion
Demolition work

Landmarks fade from skyline

The skyline of Lowton will not be the same following the demolition of two local landmarks this week.

News
Leigh Film Society members collecting their gongs

Triple awards joy for borough film society

Leigh officially has the best community cinema organisation in the country following a spectacular night of success for a group of volunteers.

News
The club wants to serve alcohol until midnight at weekends

Club’s goal to serve till midnight

An ambitious football club’s goal to become more of a social venue will come under the microscope this week.

News
Wigan And Leigh Courthouse

Week in court

A round-up of people who have appeared before Wigan and Leigh magistrates.
News
Do you have one of these?

First edition Harry Potter book sells for £106,250 - here’s how to tell if you have one

A signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sold for a world record £106,250.
Offbeat
Buon Natale!

Asda launch full Christmas dinner pizza with all the trimmings

There's nothing quite like a traditional Christmas dinner
Whats on
A Chinese-made Android TV box that was recalled by the EU

Illegal streaming devices entering UK fail safety tests

Households using illegal streaming devices should unplug them immediately to avoid the risk of a fire or electrical accident, campaigners have warned.
Offbeat
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