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<b>Tuesday 8 July:</b> No c-charge for cabs, the new gritty Take That and Hatton to become a comedian

Published on July 8th 2008.

TAXIS are to be exempt from congestion charging in Manchester. Originally proposals stated that private-hire cars would be charged up to £10 a day. Now it has been decided that all taxis should be exempt, not just black cabs, in recognition of the essential public transport service they provide.

A NEW BOYBAND has been created by the man who formed Take That. Nigel Martin-Smith believes his new group, Asbro, are the next big thing and will be able to emulate the success of Take That. The boys are aged between 16 and 19 and are from Wythenshawe, Stockport, Warrington and Crewe. The foursome are reportedly grittier than Take That, singing about issues such as knife-crime rather than love.

MANCHESTER is reportedly getting a beach. Sankeys night club are planning on building an 'urban beach' with sandpits, palm trees, decking, DJ booth and a stage with lights to host a series of summer gigs on Spinningfields' Hardman Square. They plan to create the new 2000 capacity venue called The Beach Club Manchester in the new business district.

RICKY HATTON wants to become a stand-up comedian like his friend, the late Bernard Manning. The boxer reportedly wants to do stand-up as well as continuing to build his boxing career for at least another two years. The world light welterweight number one is starting a new tour of small theatres next week and is also gearing up for his fight with Paulie Malignaggi in November in Las Vegas.

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