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Heartwarming photo shows the elephants at Blackpool Zoo all together for the first time

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A heartwarming picture of a herd of elephants at Blackpool Zoo being together after years alone has been shared on social media.  

We’re all after some good news these days, and what better than a happy story about a herd of elephants at Blackpool Zoo!?

Project Elephant is Blackpool Zoo’s commitment to elephants focusing on a multi-faceted approach to improving the zoo’s captive population of elephants. 

Late last year, Blackpool Zoo welcomed its first male elephant in its 47-year history, Emmett.

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Kate, Blackpool Zoo’s oldest animal, had long been the only elephant at Blackpool Zoo, living in an old aerodrome hangar.  

The zoo received around £5m investment into a new state of the art living quarters that opened to the public in March 2018. 

Since then, a herd from Twycross moved in; Tara, Minbu, Noorjahan and Esha the youngest. The original elephant, Kate, had been kept separate from many of the newer elephants until now. 

Posting on social media, a zoo spokesman said: “The team at Project Elephant have been continuing their work to integrate the herd and if you’ve been following their story for a while, you’ll know that this is a very special photograph indeed.

“This isn’t just any photograph. This is all 6 of our elephants enjoying a sunny afternoon on the grass paddock. Together.”

In response, Kerrie Tanner Heath said it was ‘lovely to see them all together’.

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Primark confirms what date it will be reopening after lockdown

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With the details of the ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ revealed yesterday by the prime minister, non-essential retail has been given the chance to start planning its reopening.

Non-essential retailers can reopen during the second stage of restriction easing, which will happen no earlier than April 12th.

Retailers which don’t sell ‘essential’ items have been closed since January 4th, and were only able to open sporadically throughout last year.

If the data let’s stage two go ahead on its planned date, then the high street should once again come to life on Monday April 12th.

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That includes Primark, who has now confirmed that it will be opening stores on April 12th if the government allows it.

A Primark spokesperson told The Sun: “Primark welcomes the news that we have a provisional opening date of April 12th for our stores in England.

“We know our customers will be thrilled and we can’t wait to welcome them back into our stores.

“Our priority will be to do that safely, building on all the lessons we have learnt across our European operations in the past year.”

Joining Primark in reopening on the 12th will be John Lewis, Dunelm, H&M and JD Sport, who all plan to let customers enter stores on the first day it is allowed.

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Bored dad and 8-year-old daughter create new game in lockdown that’s now worth £125k

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A mental health nurse and his daughter developed a family-friendly fantasy game to have a fun break from homeschooling, and the product is now worth £125,000.

Eight-year-old Cora Hughes and dad, Dan from Huddersfield first began developing the game at the start of Covid back in spring 2020, at the kitchen table between home school lessons. 

CoraQuest is a family-friendly dungeon game that sees heroes fight their way through quests, rescuing people and collecting treasures along the way. It features the likes of Wizard Woman, Crossbow Dude, Sword Girl, as well as a host of grumpy goblins, gremlins and orcs. 

Dan shared the game on Facebook and eventually Gary King, a professional artist, got involved, colouring the pictures that Cora drew.

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The post gathered big support and children added their own drawings, making Dan realise it could be a game others could enjoy. 

Dan told Yorkshire Live: “Within weeks the project snowballed.

“Videos and play-testing happened online and over twenty kids from Britain, the USA, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Canada and Australia contributed artwork which has now been made into gorgeous looking prototypes.

“When the game launched on Kickstarter on February 1st, it unexpectedly smashed through its £12,060 target in 45 minutes and has gone from strength to strength.

“Now Cora and I are now looking forward to getting the game manufactured later this year.”

Cora said: “Dad got bored of learning about the Romans every day, so we did something different.

“We wanted to make a dungeon crawling game we could both enjoy. And then we realised that it was actually really good so we started to make it into a real board game.

“We really want it to be a fun thing for families to be part of creating themselves, so we’ve set it up so you can create your own characters and artwork, or you can play with ours straight out of the box.”

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Dan added: “It all just started as a bit of a fun home learning project- some creative writing, a bit about probability with dice rolls, lots of art and a bit of IT.

“A friend, Gary King, made a joke box cover on Facebook in August and since then the whole thing has just gathered pace with loads of people jumping in wanting to be part of it. 

“As we began receiving kids’ drawings of monsters and putting them up on our gallery, they were just so adorable.

“I’m not a soppy man, but to feel the support and enthusiasm of the community supporting us in this very special way, my heart is pretty much exploding.”

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The pair are super excited about the opportunities creating CoraQuest will bring.

Cora said: “I can’t believe it! It’s amazing. I can’t believe so many people want to play our game.”

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Aldi is hiring across Greater Manchester with salaries up to £47k

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Many Aldi stores are hiring across Greater Manchester, with some jobs offering salaries of £47k.

Aldi is looking for people of all levels of experience to join the team and work for the UK’s joint cheapest supermarket

There’s a huge range of jobs on offer, from caretakers and cleaners to store managers and plenty in between.

The Manchester Arndale, Ancoats, Fallowfield and Salford stores are just some of the sites looking for new store assistants 

While Gorton, Clayton, Stretford and Eccles among others are looking for caretakers/cleaners with wages of £9.50/hour.

Gorton, Stretford and Clayton are looking for deputy managers with wages ranging between £10.55-£11.57 per hour. 

Aldi is also looking for graduates who want to start their careers in retail management, or for those people looking to start a brand new career path.

Management recruits go through extensive training and will manage and maintain their branch once qualified.

Store Managers will earn a starting salary of £47,080, while Assistant Store Managers will earn £32,830.

Know someone who is looking for a new job? Let them know! See all the jobs here.

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