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The metro mayor elections are coming up quickly – 4 May – and many still don’t know what they’re all about. In this week’s issue we look at who the candidates are and what having a mayor will mean for the regions surrounding Liverpool and Manchester.

We detail some of our favourite walks you can take this bank holiday weekend to fully appreciate the spring weather. Saskia Murphy also talks to explorer Paul Rose about why he loves the Yorkshire Wolds Way.

In the news section, survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima nuclear bomb visited a primary school in Manchester to tell the harrowing tale of the day that changed their lives forever.

In arts and entertainment, theatre group RashDash has created a live show that explores how safe women feel 40 years on from the Reclaim The Night marches. Also, new author Marie-Elsa Bragg is in the hot seat answering questions about why her first novel Towards Mellbreak is set in Cumbria.

Cornelia Parker writes a letter to her younger self, reminding us all that it’s never too late to do anything. And finally you can enter this week’s Big Issue
North merchandise competition and have a go at our Sudoku and crossword.

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