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BBC Manchester examines history

BBC Radio Manchester is starting a two-week series which will document the history of each of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

ITV Daybreak special correspondent John Stapleton – who's originally from Oldham – will present the hour-long programmes each day at midday from tomorrow (Monday).

Each episode looks back at the events that have shaped Greater Manchester's metropolitan areas – including Ghandi's visit to mill towns in the 1930s, and a mining disaster that killed more than 300 people in Westhoughton. There's also an exploration of the region's famous faces from the past including Rochdale singer Gracie Fields, Bolton steeplejack Fred Dibnah and former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, from Bury.

John said: "The series is a fascinating insight into the rich heritage of our towns and cities and the impact their history has had on the world we know today."

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