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Daughter of late Tony Morris to raise money for cancer charity in his memory

‘He would be really laughing that this is what I’m doing, but also very proud of me for actually getting up and doing it.’

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The daughter of late Granada Reports presenter Tony Morris will take on the colour run challenge.

Becky Morris will take part in a sponsored colour run at Kempton Park on Saturday, May 20th.

She hopes to raise funds to donate to a kidney cancer charity in her father’s memory, in a very colourful way!

Tony Morris died from a rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer in August 2020, aged just 57.

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Nicknamed ‘Mozzer’, he was a familiar and friendly face known to many as they tuned in to Granada Reports.

Talking to Granada Reports presenter Lucy Meacock, Becky said her dad would be ‘laughing but proud’ about her challenge.

She said: “It involves numerous paint pellets and bombs and different things getting thrown at me as I run around this obstacle course.”

“He would be really laughing that this is what I’m doing, but also very proud of me for actually getting up and doing it.”

Becky will be taking on the unusual challenge to raise money for the Ricky Casey Trust in her father’s memory.

The charity aims to gain further understanding of rare renal cancers and provides support to those who are suffering from the disease, and their families.

Ricky Casey

As reported by ITV News, Ricky Casey passed away in 2019 at the age of 49 after a year long battle with Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) — a rare and aggressive kidney cancer.

Following Ricky’s death, his wife Nicola turned her grief into something positive and created the Ricky Casey Trust.

Paying tribute to Becky’s fundraising, Nicola said: “I’m just blown away. I’m honoured to have Becky and to meet her and have her running in memory of her dad and us as a charity.”

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Adding that more awareness is needed to help in the fight against the disease, Nicola explained the tell-tale symptoms that people should watch out for.

“The symptoms are blood in the urine, fatigue, weight loss, Rick had a swollen testicle. If the clinicians and the GPs and Doctors know the links that we are aware of, then maybe things might be different,” she said.

In the days after his passing, Lucy Meacock, Tony’s co-presenter throughout that time, said: “He was without doubt one of the most humble, kind and funny people I have ever met, and he would often make me laugh till my sides ached.”

Speaking about the loss of her dad almost three years on, Becky said: “On a scale of one to ten, it’s about a thousand. It’s a huge, huge irreplaceable hole in my life.”

After his passing, hundreds of Granada Reports viewers signed a book of condolence, which became a comfort to both Tony’s family and his colleagues.

Becky added: “I’ve had so much support, it’s been incredible. I want to say thank you so, so much to those who’ve donated so far.”

If you want to support Becky’s fundraising efforts, you can do so on her Go Fund Me page.

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear diagnosed with dementia

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Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear, who played Bet Lynch, has been diagnosed with dementia, her husband has revealed.

The 81-year-old who played the iconic pub landlady of the Rovers Return on the show sought medical advice after ‘suffering forgetfulness’ but there was now ‘no hope of a reversal in the situation’, her husband Scott Brand said.

He shared news of her diagnosis in a statement, writing: “My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heart-breaking diagnosis.

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“Unfortunately, Julie has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and we have been seeking medical advice and assistance, but we now know that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation — and that her condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse.

“We have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Julie still loves visiting friends and eating out.

“Inevitably she is recognised, and fans love to meet her – and she them – but she can get confused particularly if she is tired. I hope people will understand.”

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Goodyear played the leopard-skin-wearing, big-haired barmaid on the cobbles from 1966 to 2003.

Thanks to Goodyear, Bet Lynch became one of the ITV soap opera’s longest-serving and best-loved characters.

The iconic actress also appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Fit Club.

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Tragedy as police find body of missing man last seen leaving pub

Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher

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Police have confirmed a body has been tragically found in the search for a missing man in Marple.

Christopher Barlow, 31, was last seen shortly after 1am on Sunday, June 4th after leaving the Royal Oak pub in Mellor, Stockport.

He was last sighted turning left to walk along Brabyns Brow from Town Street.

Police officers and specialist teams searched a specific area beside the Peak Forest and remained at the scene after the tragic discovery on Tuesday, June 6th.

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Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher, and his family have been informed. A report is currently being prepared for the Coroner’s Office.

Detective Superintendent Helen Critchley, of GMP’s Stockport district, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with Chris’s family and friends at this very distressing time.   

“I would also like to thank the local community for their support with the search and the wider public for their assistance in sharing our appeal.”

According to The Manchester Evening News, on Monday evening (June 5th) the water search and marine unit, as well as a number of police vehicles and detectives were at the scene.

A large section of the canal was closed off to boats the next day as the search for Christopher continued. 

Canal towpaths were also taped off as divers went into the water and officers searched nearby woodland.

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Man to complete visiting every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week

Now he only has one final pub left to visit

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David Bingham

A man will complete his visit to every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week as he sips his final pint to conclude his mission.

Most people like to see how far they can make it in a pub crawl but David Bingham, 60, decided to take it much further than that.

The Derbyshire man, who set out on the task in 2019, will conclude his journey of sipping a pint at all 875 Wetherspoon venues this week, including the 40 that have closed. 

Now he only has one final pub left to visit, and he’s booked a flight at the South Terminal in Gatwick Airport in order to tick it off his long list.

David Bingham

The last of the boozers will be The Flying Horse, which is conveniently located right after security at the airport. Wetherspoons has praised his dedication.

Mr Bingham, from West Hallam, has said his other passions are trainspotting and following Burton Albion. He took on the challenge while also pursuing his other hobbies. Mr Bingham told the BBC: “If we were going somewhere new, I’d suss out the Wetherspoons.”

His partner Una Cooper bought him a directory of the pubs and he began ticking them off. “I’ve had a drink in most pubs, I’d say 85%,” he said. 

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“I’m a lager lad, definitely. The one in Ramsgate [in the Royal Victoria Pavilion] is my favourite because the history behind that building is incredible.

“But there are five police stations, there are churches, there’s chapels, there’s a tram depot, there’s a fire station.

“They just save these fantastic buildings. I love architecture and I love buildings. It’s a history lesson.”

David Bingham

Wetherspoon spokesman, Eddie Gershon, said: “We applaud David Bingham on his outstanding achievement.

“Many people love to visit Wetherspoon pubs across the UK and Ireland, but only a handful have visited each and every one. David will now join that select group.

“He has obviously put in a lot of time and effort into achieving his goal and we thank him for his dedication to our pubs.”

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