The Wanted’s Tom Parker has died at the age of thirty-three after a battle with terminal brain cancer.
The Bolton-born singer leaves behind children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, as well as his wife Kelsey.
She confirmed the devastating news on Instagram this afternoon, sharing a series of photos of Tom and writing: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side.
“Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.
“We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I’m forever proud of you.”
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Tom was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2020 and was given just eighteen months to live.
He shared the grave news of his stage 4 glioblastoma diagnosis on Instagram, writing on the platform: “There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment.”
He explained that he and his wife Kelsey had decided to go public with the diagnosis, adding: “We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna [sic] fight this all the way.”
However, the singer went on to defy all odds after undergoing several gruelling rounds of chemotherapy and thirty radiotherapy sessions, all of which he documented on his social media pages.
And late last year, fans were hopeful after he revealed his brain tumour had ‘shrunk significantly’, noting that it was ‘under control’ and stable’.
Sharing a photo of himself with his wife Kelsey and their two children, he wrote: “I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as i tell you. We’ve got my brain tumour under control.
“We had the results from my latest scan…and I’m delighted to say it is STABLE. Such a mix of emotions. We couldn’t ask for any more really at this point; a year or so into this journey.”
However, Tom’s condition took a turn for the worst earlier this year as he began gruelling treatment at a specialist clinic in Spain.
Yet despite his condition slowly deteriorating in recent months, Tom surprised fans just last week by joining his band mates on stage in his wheelchair, which he has been reliant on since starting the new treatment.
His bandmate Max George branded Tom a ‘hero’, writing on Instagram: “It’s been an epic few weeks…One last show my boy…You are a true hero mate. Can’t wait for the next tour with you…Liverpool… Can you hear us???!”
‘Tourist tax’ for visitors staying in Manchester to be introduced next year
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Tourists visiting Manchester will have to pay a charge from April next year, if they’re staying in the city centre.
The new ‘tax’ is being implemented to fund a business improvement district group in our city to boost tourism.
The new district will be known as the Manchester Accommodation Business Improvement District (ABID).
The aim of the ABID will be to ‘improve the visitor experience’ to Manchester city centre and ‘support the growth of the visitor economy’ during the next five years.
Tourists who have to pay the new city centre fee will be charged £1 per night.
According to the Manchester Evening News, around 74 hotels and serviced short-stay apartments will charge visitors the fee, which is predicted to raise around £4 million annually.
Bev Craig, the leader of Manchester City Council, said: “These are exciting times for Manchester city centre with an unprecedented number of new hotel rooms being added and major new visitor attractions such as Factory International and Co-op Live due to open in the months ahead.
“Seizing that opportunity means ensuring as many rooms as possible are full all year round. We believe that targeted investment through the Manchester ABID will help support the accommodation sector – which plays such a vital role in supporting jobs in our city and adding to its overall vibrancy – to thrive.”
Adrian Ellis, General Manager of the Lowry Hotel and chair of the Manchester Hoteliers’ Association, added: “The Manchester Hoteliers’ Association has been in discussion for several years to develop options to create new, additional funding that will support continued high performance and future growth of the visitor economy for accommodation providers across the city.
“The result of these discussions is the Manchester Accommodation Business Improvement District proposal, and I am delighted that hoteliers’ have voted in favour of creating an innovative, business-led solution to some of the problems we have been facing as a sector.
“A supplementary fee for guests, added to the final accommodation bill, is now an established norm within the travel sector across the world, and the Manchester ABID will now bring our accommodation sector in line with European and global counterparts and competitors.”
According to bosses at the ABID, the money made from the scheme will be used for marketing the city as a destination.
It will also entice further ‘large-scale events’ like festivals and conferences to come to Manchester during the off-season, as well as increasing the cleanliness of the streets, and ‘improving guest welcome’.
Following the pandemic and various Covid lockdowns, demand to visit Manchester has risen.
First new UK coal mine in 30 years to open in the North West
The government has given permission for the first new UK coal mine in 30 years to open in the North West.
Michael Gove approved the mine despite concerns regarding the climate impacts from both Conservative MPs and experts.
According to the BBC the mine would be located in Cumbria, and would be digging for coking coal to be used in steel production – both in the UK and across the world.
However, critics have said that the new coal mine would undermine climate targets, also pointing out that demand for coking coal is declining.
On the other hand, supporters of the project say it will both create jobs and reduce the UK’s need to import coal.
But supporters claim the mine, near Whitehaven, will create jobs and reduce the need to import coal.
The West Cumbria Mining project – which will be located near Whitehaven – has been in the balance for two years.
The local county council initially approved the mine in 2020, but this approval was suspended in early 2021 before the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.
The government’s climate change adviser said at the time that the coal mine would increase carbon emissions.
26-year-old who died in horror crash named as family pay tribute to ‘sensitive soul’
‘Saadat was a much-loved brother, son, and great human being’
A 26-year-old man who was killed in a horror crash in Manchester this weekend has been named.
Three others were critically injured in the collision, but have since been confirmed as being in a ‘stable’ condition by police.
The incident occurred on Chancellor Lane around 7am Sunday morning, and within minutes officers had attended the scene.
The man who sadly passed away has now been named as Saadat Shah, with his family paying tribute to the ‘sensitive soul’.
Saadat’s family said: “Saadat was a much-loved brother, son, and great human being. His life was just starting, and he just came back from Paris for his birthday last week.
“He had so many plans and was going to get married soon. He was very close with all members of his family, and he greatly loved everyone.
“A sensitive soul, he will be dearly missed by everyone forever. RIP.”
According to police, a car travelling away from the city centre lost control before colliding with a bollard – with no other vehicles involved.
Four men were taken to hospital to be treated, however Saadat sadly passed away despite the best efforts of medics
The other three occupants, aged 23, 24 and 29, suffered ‘life threatening injuries’, however in an update on Monday, December 5th, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said the car’s driver was in a ‘critical but stable’ condition.
The vehicle’s two other passengers are also in a stable condition, police said, but both have serious injuries.
No arrests have been made in relation to the crash, and GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are still appealing for anyone who may have seen the accident during the early hours to get in touch.
Officers want to speak to anyone who may have footage – including dashcam, mobile phone or CCTV/doorbell footage – from the area in the moments both before and after the crash.
Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident 713 of 4/12/22, or pass on details via their LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.