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Good evening. Local campaigners have welcomed
today's news that the Second World War code`breaker Alan Turing, who
worked at Manchester University has received a posthumous royal pardon.
Dr Turing was convicted in 1952 for homosexual activity, which was
illegal at the time. He killed himself two years later. There's
been a long campaign, largely based in Manchester, to secure his pardon.
We've certainly adopted him as one of our own. He spent a lot of time
working here, he lived here, he loved the city, and the city loved
Alan Turing. That is evident in street names, buildings, statues,
bridges. For him to be celebrated today means an awful lot to
Manchester. Lancashire Police are continuing
their investigation after a man s body was discovered in a street in
Chorley. He's believed to have been aged in his fifties, and his death
is being treated as unexplained at the moment. His body was found in
Gillibrand Walks near the town centre, early this morning.
The government has given its support to a smartphone app which will allow
cyclists to report potholes. The idea was announced by Roads
Minister Robert Goodwill who has been in Oldham, looking at the
problem. It will enable the councils, particularly older which
is one of the best in terms of its strategy for maintaining roads.
"Lest we forget", the inscription on memorials dating back to the First
World War. As the years go by though, many of those named have
been forgotten. But 12`year`old Beth McGivern is determined that one man
from Liverpool, who died at the Somme, will be remembered. She's our
final Christmas star. This is a story of a kind of
friendship, a soldier and a school born a century apart. Both from
Liverpool, they never met. The soldier was Sidney Harris, he lived
in egg birth. When the First World War came along, he joined one of the
liveable battalions. In 1916, when he was 24, he died at the Battle of
the Somme. Sidney Harris's grave was derelict, until discovered by Beth
McGivern. She is 12. Bethany thought, this man is a war
hero, nobody is looking after his grave. She looks after him all the
time. These mementos on the grave. Beth has raved ?1000 towards a
memorial to the battalion in Liverpool. We would like to give
this Christmas star to Bethany on our behalf.
That is beautiful, she will really appreciate that.
We would like to say we are so proud of what you have done. Why is it
important to remember soldiers? Because they gave their lives for
us. As the centenary of the Great War pictures, Beth McGivern is
determined one`man's sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Eno's here to tell us about the Christmas weather.
Good evening. A windy afternoon but mostly dry. 12 showers sneaking
through by late afternoon. We still have four flood warnings from the
Environment Agency. And we hang onto that yellow weather warning for
strong winds from the wet `` the Met Office. Showers continue to feed
through. They will ease away after midnight. Dreyer, the winds will
fade. Clear skies. A chilly night, temperatures dropping to two
Celsius. Some frost on Christmas morning. Thankfully, Christmas Day
looks much quieter. We start on a dry and bright note tomorrow. I
don't think we will see hardly any showers. Plenty of sunshine in the
afternoon, not particularly warm, eight Celsius may be. Boxing Day
looks really good. For the time being, your local radio can update
you on travel. That's all from us tonight. Our next
bulletin's at 1pm on Boxing Day From everyone at North West Tonight,
Hello. The weather has been a little kinder today to travellers and
last-minute Christmas shoppers across England and Wales. Not as bad
as we feared across Northern Ireland. We have a warning out
across parts of Scott and for that strong wind through this evening. Up
to 80 miles an hour across the far north of Scotland for a