Fray on stage for solo show

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53 Degrees in Preston will be full to bursting tonight when Courteeners frontman Liam Fray plays a sell-out gig.

Promoting the launch of the Manchester band’s third album, Anna, Fray is playing a handful of intimate acoustic shows.

The Courteeners burst onto the scene with 2008 debut St Jude (produced by Smiths producer Stephen Street) and have a huge following in the north west.

My vague claim to fame is that my second cousin, Daniel Moores, is the band’s guitarist. Moores won’t be in Preston tonight.

It’s just Fray, an acoustic guitar and almost 1,000 screaming fans.

* Blackpool’s Odeon cinema is showing Great Expectations tonight, beamed live from the West End.

It is being performed at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, and is being screened live via satellite to more than 150 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, with a global cinema release including mainland Europe, Canada, USA, Asia and Australia.

Published in 1861, it is Dickens’s most popular novel.

This will be the first time there has ever been a production of Great Expectations as a full-scale stage play in either the West End or on Broadway.

Tickets for the Blackpool screening at