Late ITV Granada Reports presenter Tony Morris has been posthumously-awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Salford.
His daughters Becky and Natalie accepted the Honorary Degree for his ‘Outstanding contribution in the field of Visual, Musical and other Arts’ on his behalf.
Tony was a much-loved and familiar face in living rooms across the North West, and was known for his trademark huge laugh.
He was described as being “instrumental” in helping ITV Granada Reports become the first-ever regional news programme to win a BAFTA, alongside his co-presenter with Lucy Meacock – who is now Chancellor at the University of Salford.
Tony was also said to have been hugely-supportive of the University’s journalism students throughout his time at Granada, and particularly since the move to MediaCityUK.
“Tony was an absolutely outstanding journalist,” Lucy Meacock said in tribute to her former colleague.
“He had so many wonderful skills – but perhaps one of the most valuable was his ability to listen and immediately and quietly come up with the perfect question. He was never there to show off. An interview was never about him or showing off to other journalists. He genuinely cared about the people he met – and especially the people who’d had a struggle in life.
“Without doubt he was one of the best journalists I have ever met – and I have met many thousands over the years.”
She continued: “Everyone who met him has a lovely story to tell about him.
“He was always truly authentic. I am not sure fame sat very happily on his shoulders. He wasn’t even that keen on having his picture taken. But he was the one of the most genuine, kind and funny people I have ever met – and that simply shone through the TV screen.”
Tony’s daughters said pride was their “biggest emotion” as they accepted the honour.
His daughter Natalie added: “We’ve always been so incredibly proud of everything he’s achieved, so to have that recognised with all those people there, it just felt very fitting and very right.”
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Coca-Cola confirms the Christmas Truck is coming to Manchester this weekend
Coca-Cola has finally confirmed the news we’ve all been waiting for… the Christmas Truck will be in Manchester this weekend.
December is here, the temperatures have plummeted outside, and the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ is nearing closer and closer by the day – but it’s not Christmas until you’ve gone and got a Coca-Cola from the giant red van is it, right?
Well luckily, we won’t have to wait too much longer to get to do that once again.
The soft drinks company confirmed that ‘Holidays Are Coming’ a couple of weeks back, with the UK tour of the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Truck now well underway, and having visited other major northern cities such as Leeds and Liverpool over the last few days.
And now, Coca-Cola has revealed that the legendary van is coming to Greater Manchester this weekend, and will be stopping off at the Trafford Centre for one day only.
The much-loved festive symbol will be arriving outside the shopping centre tomorrow (Saturday 2 December) from midday right through until 8pm to provide “the ultimate Christmas celebration”, with a whole host of activities planned for families of all ages.
The 2023 Coca-Cola Christmas Truck journey will be packed with “interactive experiences for visitors to immerse themselves in”.
Anyone who heads to the Trafford Centre from midday tomorrow will first be welcomed by a walk-in, snow-filled bauble that invites them to “step into a winter wonderland for the perfect holiday snapshot”, all before making a stop at the ‘Ho-Ho-Hoop Hut’ to take part in a fun festive game for the chance to win a selection of prizes – including meal-inspired rewards, and recycled Christmas tree decorations.
Families can then finish off the tour by posing for a memorable photo opportunity in front of the iconic Coca-Cola truck.
Visitors are welcome to listen to the Coca-Cola Christmas choir as they perform a set of carols too.
Fancy it then? If you’re ready to kick-start Christmas the right way, then make sure you get yourself down to the Trafford Centre from midday tomorrow.
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Tesco has slashed the price of one-litre bottles of Baileys by more than 50%
Tesco has slashed the price of one-litre bottles of Baileys by more than 50%, and they’re now available to get your hands on for a limited time only.
With December officially here, and the festive season nearing closer by the day, most UK supermarkets are rolling out deals left, right, and centre to help shoppers save a few pennies during ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ as the cost of living crisis continues – and it seems like Tesco is absolutely no different.
That’s because the retailer has decided to knock a whopping £12 off the regular price of one-litre bottles of one of the best-loved Christmas tipples.
Fans of the classic Irish cream liqueur drink will probably want to run not walk to their nearest Tesco to stock up on Baileys ready for the big day to arrive, as big bottles of the festive favourite have been reduced from £22 right down to just £10, and are now available to fill your basket with.
But… there’s a bit of a catch (isn’t there always?)
Not only is the over half-price offer only available for a very limited time, and due to expire at the end of next week, but shoppers will only be able to buy the one-litre bottles at the impressive £10 price if they’re Tesco Clubcard customers.
You were probably expecting that’d be the case, right? The supermarket – which is well-known for the savings it offers via is loyalty card scheme all year round – is giving Clubcard users up until Monday 11 December to nip to their nearest branch or head online to the Tesco website and buy as many bottles of Bailey’s as they fancy.
As part of the supermarket’s commitment to “keep prices low” until the end of the year, stuffing, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, and even tin foil have all seen their prices slashed as the retailer aims to help those struggling to cover costs.