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<b>Thursday 26 February:</b> Fat city, Oasis named best British band and Concorde on show

Published on February 26th 2009.

MOST OF US ARE OBESE OR OVERWIGHT, according to new government figures. More than two thirds of men and half of women in the North West now have a weight problem and last year there was a 40 per cent increase in weight loss surgery across the nation. The government is hoping its recently launched Change4Life campaign will help to tackle Britain's soaring obesity rates.

OASIS WON THE BEST BAND AWARD at last nights NME Awards. The band, who did not turn up to the ceremony, received a total of seven nominations. They also won the best band blog award but Noel Gallagher lost out to new US President Barack Obama in the hero of the year category. Bury band, Elbow, won the outstanding contribution to British music award.

DANNY BOYLE, the Oscar winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, is to be made a freeman in his hometown of Bury for his outstanding achievement. He is being considered for the civic honour by Bury Metropolitan Borough Council along with musicians Elbow and Paralympian Zoe Robinson. Boyle will be making an appearance at the St Mary's Social Club in Radcliffe on Sunday, from where his family watched the ceremony.

CONCORDE has landed in Manchester, again. The iconic plane is being displayed in a £1m hangar and visitor centre at Manchester Airport. The aircraft has been at Manchester airport since its final flight in 2003 but was unveiled to former Concorde pilots, engineers, dignitaries, guests and air cadets in its new home yesterday.

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