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Bruntwood signed with UK Locations to have their sites used in film and television. Credit: via Citypress

Hollywood call … You may soon see the Bruntwood Work Block and Kinrise Martins Bank Building on the big screen. The two developers have signed deals with UK Locations to have their properties featured in movies and TV series. They’re already full, too – Disney + has set aside time to film at one of Bruntwood’s properties and an unnamed BBC drama is set to be filmed at Martins Bank Building in the near future.

An original idea … Former Warrington manager Chris Vobe wrote a two-book series inspired by the demolition of the iconic water tower at Garnett Cabinet Works. The tower has been a landmark in the city for over 100 years, but was demolished in 2018 after being deemed unsafe. There were also plans to turn it into a residential development. Vobe’s “The Water Tower” series is about a fictional community in turmoil over plans to bulldozer their water tower to make way for a luxury home development. Coincidence?

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The Co-Op26 store High Street Manchester. Credit: via Halpern

Coop26 … Co-op co-operates under the name of COP26, renaming six of its stores as Coop26 in an effort to help spread the message of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Manchester High Street flagship store is among six stores to change brands. The rebranding goes beyond a few signs. It also includes in-store radio takeovers to encourage customers to take concrete action to reduce carbon pollution. It’s a message we can all get across.

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Escape Live has a Peaky Blinders themed room. Credit: via Aver

Peaky Blinders … Escape Live, home to the official Peaky Blinders escape room, has opened at Liverpool One. Taking up 8,800 square feet, you can expect to lose yourself (and hopefully get out of) six different escape rooms, including one based on the BBC’s Horrible Histories series.


Windmill Bar at Liverpool Christmas Markets 2019. Credit: via Liverpool City Council

It’s the season… The Christmas markets are back! Liverpool have announced that their festive markets will return on November 12 with more than 40 stalls, twinkling lights and rides. More importantly, the food supply will be clutch, with Yorkshire pudding wraps, soaked pretzels and German sausages. Plan to have fun in St John’s Gardens, at the north entrance to St George’s Hall and on William Brown Street.

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