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<b>Monday 10 November:</b> Manchester the health town, lights are on and bus driver abandons bus

Published on November 10th 2008.

MANCHESTER is to become a 'health town' under new government plans to tackle the obesity problem. Dudley, Halifax, Sheffield, Tower Hamlets in London, Thetford in Norfolk, Middlesbrough, Manchester, Tewkesbury and Portsmouth will share a £30m pot. Health Secretary Alan Johnson said: "Obesity is the biggest health challenge we face. Healthy towns is just the start. Our aim is to create a healthy England."

THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS were switched on last Friday in Manchester with a street party on Albert Square. Over 10,000 people gathered to watch Strictly Come Dancing star Alesha Dixon and X-Factor winner Leon Jackson switch the lights on. Lord Mayor Mavis Smitheman said: “On behalf of Manchester, we hope you enjoy the party. We have tried to ensure there is something for everyone.”

A BUS DRIVER abandoned his bus after it was chased by a man he refused to let on. The driver of the free Metroshuttle bus on Princess Street was verbally abused by the man who also banged on the door. He managed to chase the bus down the street when it got stuck in traffic. The driver decided enough was enough, abandoning his bus and a dozen passengers. A disciplinary hearing is likely, but it is believed the driver will not be sacked.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has expressed concerns over Manchester United's point return in the last three games after this weekends defeat against Arsenal. He told MUTV: “It's the complete opposite of last year. At the end of the day we've got to get above 85 points to win the league.”

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emma graceNovember 10th 2008.

I thought the fireworks were absolutely gorgeous...it was such a good atmosphere there on Friday night. Thank you very much!!

AnonymousNovember 10th 2008.

One look at the council doors milli-seconds after finishing time would suggest that the council's own staff would be a good starting point to reduce obesity!

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