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<b>Thursday 3 December:</b> Corrie star dies, the Post Office becomes 'people's bank', and cabbies protest at Town Hall

Published on December 3rd 2009.

CORRIE STAR MAGGIE JONES HAS DIED in hospital at the age of 75. Famous for playing sharp-tongued Blanche, Maggie joined the soap over 35 years ago, and became one of its best-loved characters. The actress was forced from filming in October after being admitted to hospital for major surgery, but her condition continued to deteriorate. She died peacefully in her sleep at Salford Royal Hospital on Wednesday.

THE POST OFFICE IS TO BECOME THE ‘PEOPLE’S BANK’, the government has pledged. Amongst the new services will be a weekly budgeting account, mortgages for first-time buyers, and special accounts for businesses and children. However, instead of one of the UK's own taxpayer-owned banks reaping the profits, it will be the Bank of Ireland.

OVER 60 CABBIES STAGED A BUS LANE PROTEST yesterday, in opposition to council rules that allow Hackney cabs to pick and drop-off in bus lanes but not private hire. Drivers travelled in convoy from the City of Manchester stadium into the city centre, before circling the Town Hall in a go-slow protest. Manchester City Council's policy of using CCTV to catch drivers has been branded as 'discrimination', but the authority says the rules will be maintained.

MANCHESTER AIRPORT PASSENGERS ARE BEING SERENADED by a singer who “fell in love” with departure lounges. Ben Montague has been bellowing out rock tunes as suitcases are wheeled past him in the bustle of Terminal 2, after taking inspiration from queuing at Heathrow Airport and falling in love with the atmosphere.

This ‘N’ That wisdom: Failure is often the line of least persistence.

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating 7/10

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Generation Pop Art GalleryDecember 3rd 2009.

We would like to thank all the ManCon readers who attended the Bentley exhibition last week at our city centre gallery.The artwork was transferred to Fine Art auctioneers Bonhams of London where it raised £70,000 for Manchester hospital “Christie’s” .Thanks again.

Yay it's FridayDecember 3rd 2009.

I went to the Bentley art event, the pieces were excellant but even I didn't think they would raise as much money as that, well done!

JohnDecember 3rd 2009.

"People's bank" at the Post Office, erm wasn't that what the Giro bank was?

RachelDecember 3rd 2009.

I went to your last NSPCC event at the GP gallery but didn’t hear about this Bentley cars one, you need to improve your PR, well done anyway on doing your bit to help raise so much money for such another worthwhile charity.

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