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Mary Portas praises Stockport and Marple launch pilot presentations

Bids that could bring in around £200,000 to the borough have been submitted to the Portas Pilot scheme. Stockport and Marple have both applied to the scheme which was set up by the government and retail guru Mary Portas to help out struggling town centres.

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Voices for CBeebies animation comes from Stockport youngsters

Classmates of Barnaby Harper and Isabella Carter were surprised when they heard their friends’ voices on the television. The pair has been chosen to be the voices for new characters in the Cloudbabies programme. Barnaby and Isabella both go to Norris Bank Primary School in Heaton Norris, Stockport and are going to be playing Bobo White and Baba Pink.

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Big Fat Gypsy Wedding fever for Reddish boutique

Maria Cliffe, the owner of a children’s boutique in Stockport has claimed that her shop has been hit by Big Fat Gypsy Wedding fever. Her young customers are favouring extravagant creations made famous by the BAFTA-winning Channel 4 programme rather than traditional holy communion and bridesmaid dresses.

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Toast for Grandma’s 102nd birthday

Great grandmother May Parry has just celebrated her 102nd birthday and her extraordinary life story is being told. May’s first husband, Thomas, died in 1949 when he was aged just 39. Sadly he died just a few days after their daughter Jennifer’s first birthday.

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20-year pub crawl for dedicated pub fan

Mark McConachie has completed the ultimate pub crawl –  a 20 years tour of 300 pubs. The dedicated real ale fan started his crawl of Robinsons pubs back in 1991 and has completed it at The Sycamore in Birch Vale, Derbyshire. As part of his quest Mark has travelled as far as Lancaster and Stoke.

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Kids charity benefits from first haircut in 40 years

A volunteer has faced the chop for the first time in 40 years, all in the name of charity. 54 year old Theresa Monaghan had her dramatic haircut to raise money for the charity Jump Space. Her waist long hair was chopped off to help the disabled children’s charity after they were burgled.

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Car accident horror Hannah’s has miracle recovery

17 year old Hannah Myers, who was seriously hurt after getting hit by a car, has had a miraculous recovery. She was knocked down while using a zebra crossing on Schools Hill, Cheadle, and spent two-and-a-half weeks in hospital recovering from a fractured hip and pelvis, torn liver and internal bleeding. Hannah’s doctors said that she was lucky to be alive.

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Written off Stockport school hits new exam high

A secondary school that was under-fire has achieved the highest exam result improvement in the North West.

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Stockport karate kids hope to go worldwide

Sisters Olivia and Leah Ferneyhough are hoping to pack a powerful punch or karate chop to be more accurate as they are set to compete with the best karate talent from around the world. 13 year old Leah and eight year old Olivia are two of the five members of the Bushido Martial Arts Association in Stockport who are hoping to take part in the world Karate championships in Canada in October.

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Harley meets Dr Who

6 year old Harley Lane shone as he took centre stage at the Children in Need concert alongside Doctor Who star David Tennant. The ex-Doctor appeared at the concert at the M.E.N arena to do his bit for charity and Harley was delighted to meet him. The charity extravaganza featured performances from world famous stars including Lady Gaga, Gary Barlow and Coldplay. The audience at the event and those watching at home were shown a film which told of brave …

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