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DVLA car tax changes: Find out how much you will pay from April

New tax rules will end up costing motorists hundreds of pounds when they come into force in April.

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Driving test: Picture posed by models

Figures show 40 learners are caught using driving test impersonators each year

More than 40 learners are caught using impersonators to take driving tests each year, new figures show.

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Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian’s pride at his family roots

Sir Ian McKellen’s next big appearance is as himself, tracing his roots in BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Edge Hill University lecturer and performance artist Dr Mark Edward

Cutting-edge research is personal for lecturer

A Wigan performance artist and academic is looking forward to another year at the cutting-edge of research in 2017.


Nintendo Switch games revealed as launch looms

Nintendo’s brand new console the Switch is out in just over a month’s time and a host of games have been confirmed for the intriguing machine.

Macdonald Gisborough Hall Hotel

Travel review: Guisborough, England

Opinion is divided over Brexit – but one thing is for sure – it’s a great way of making sure we stay home and explore the incredible nation that is Great Britain.

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The Algarve was named as the best value location for UK visitors according to a survey

Wiganers urged to head to Europe for a cheaper holiday

Wigan holidaymakers should head to Europe for the cheapest destinations in 2017, a study has found.

Poinsettia will thrive in the right conditions, but keep a daily check on its water requirements.

Daylight and warmth key to long plant life

Indoor entertainment, such as that forced on gardeners by seasonal celebrations and inclement weather, has been a welcome break from the cold feet and fingers that winter work outdoors brings.

The Waterhead Hotel is just a stones throw from Lake Windermere.

Travel review: Lakeside splendour in Ambleside

Winding along the road in bright sunshine it was difficult to imagine the storm  devastation that just 12 months ago had crippled this part of Cumbria.

Geoffrey Shryhane

The magic of the five-star chippy

My World with Geoffrey Shryhane...

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What happens to the unwanted Christmas gifts?

Our columnist Geoffrey Shryhane with his latest memories and musings...

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The future is retro: could your old tech be worth a fortune?

While shiny new PlayStation 4 Slims and Xbox One S games consoles are likely to be high up on the wish lists of many this Christmas, others would like nothing more than to slip back in time to the golden age of video games, between the late 70s and early 90s.
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The new SPAShell at Fishmore Hall Hotel

Relaxing spa break in the hills was just the ticket

Imagine sipping a chilled glass of wine while relaxing in a hot tub with stunning views of rolling hills to boot?
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Bradley Wiggins

Wiggins to take part in The Jump

Retired cyclist and adopted Wiganer Sir Bradley Wiggins is set to turn his attention to winter sports as he takes part in celebrity skiing competition The Jump.

Kenny Baker with R2-D2

The Big North West Quiz

Think you know what happened across the North West in 2016? Our team of reporters put you to the test with some tricky posers ...

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United States is top holiday destination for Britons in 2017

The United States is set to dominate the most popular holiday destinations for Britons next year, a study shows.

The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads

Plan to let learner drivers practise on motorways

Learner drivers will be allowed to practise on motorways for the first time if a government plan to improve road safety is given the go-ahead.

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Giant Haystacks feels the wrath of Big Daddy in January 1984

Seconds away... for return of the golden days of televised wrestling

For generations of ‘World of Sport’ fans Saturday afternoon meant wrestling. Stars like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks were loved by millions. ITV has commissioned a wrestling special to air on New Year’s Eve. Wrestling commentator Greg Lambert looks back at a golden age for sports entertainment
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Boxing Day fancy dress pictures

Wigan’s traditional Boxing Day fancy dress party was bigger and better than ever this year.

Cansfield High School pupils with some of the hampers

Generous pupils create festive hampers

Kind-hearted secondary school pupils produced a bumper response to a festive appeal to help needy and elderly residents in the borough.

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