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TV Ice skating star Daniel Whiston and a host of local performers will star in Lytham’s first ever virtual Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Plans are also underway to host a special tribute to beloved Lytham resident Bobby Ball who passed away suddenly last week.

The Lytham Christmas Lights Switch-On is a highlight of the Fylde coast calendar but due to social distancing restrictions, organisers took the decision to pre-record the event from the town’s Lowther Pavilion.

Broadcast via the official Lytham Christmas Facebook page and a dedicated Lytham Christmas YouTube channel here

the virtual switch-on show will take place from 5pm on Saturday November 14.

This year’s spectacular will see three times ITV Dancing on Ice champion and Fylde resident Daniel Whiston offically flick the switch to light Lytham up with festive cheer.

Daniel, who will be seen on TV’s this December in The Real Full Monty on Ice, has lived on the Fylde coast all his life and as a regular visitor to Lytham says he is honoured to be taking part.

“I’m delighted to have been asked to switch-on Lytham’s Christmas lights this year,” said Daniel.

“2020 has been a terrible year for so many people so to be asked to help bring some festive spirit to the Fylde coast is a real honour.

 “Now more than ever we need something to look forward to so I hope many, many people tune in to the virtual switch-on and enjoy a lovely evening watching it from the safety of their home.”

Performing at the switch on will be Britain’s Got Talent 2011 winner Jai McDowall and Lytham’s own Lucy-Ella Smith, who are both starring in Cinderella at Blackpool’s North Pier this Christmas. There will also be musical performances from Coustics, Deadbeats, Edward Rhodes, Emily Rhodes, James Edgar ad Jo Ashcroft. Comedian and writer Phil Walker will also bring some festive fun to the proceedings.

BBC Radio Lancashire’s Graham Liver will host the event and there will also be a special appearance from Mayor of Fylde Angela Jacques, Lytham Town Crier Colin Ballard and Father Christmas.

Lytham Christmas Lights Switch-On is organised by Cllr Brenda Blackshaw and Lauren Gallagher with support from Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor.

Cllr Blackshaw said: “We have a very different Switch-On planned for this year but nontheless it is still going to be fantastic.

 “We have a great line-up and we are determined to create some festive cheer. I’m so pleased we’ve been able to film our artists at Lowther Pavilion and we’re delighted to welcome Daniel Whiston as our Switch-On star.

 “Of course, for the people of Lytham and beyond, it is also important that we pay tribute to our very good friend Bobby Ball. In recent years Bobby, along with his wife Yvonne, had adopted Lytham as his home. He supported everything he could in the town and was loved by so many people. He will be sadly missed.

 “This year is very different to any other year but I hope we can come together as an online community at least and celebrate the very best of our town.”

The 2020 Virtual Lytham Christmas Lights Switch-On takes place Saturday November 14. Tune in to the Lytham Christmas Facebook or YouTube ( from 5pm.


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British music icons Duran Duran will delight fans next summer with a momentous outdoor show on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

Duran Duran have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, scored 18 American hit singles and 21 UK Top 20 tunes, cementing them as one of the most successful and influential bands of all time.

Next summer, the band will bring their epic live show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre – the UK’s biggest purpose-built open-air concert arena – on Wednesday July 7, 2021.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday November 6. Duran Duran VIP Fan Community members will have first access to tickets with a pre-sale beginning at 9am on Tuesday November 3 via

Currently celebrating 40 years together, the band – singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor – continue to play to huge concert audiences around the world.

Consistently fusing art, technology, fashion and a signature sense of style with their unique and infectious brand of music, the band has proven themselves timeless, always innovating and reinventing, to remain ahead of the curve.

Their latest album – 2015’s Paper Gods – was Duran Duran’s highest-charting release in 22 years and was hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in more than two decades. Produced by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, alongside Mr Hudson and Josh Blair, the record featured collaborations with Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza and Jonas Bjerre (of Mew.)

A global, three-year, sold-out arena tour followed where the band brilliantly combined such classics as Girls on Film, The Wild Boys, Ordinary World, The Reflex, Come Undone, (Reach Up For The) Sunrise and Rio with stunning new songs from Paper Gods.

The two-time Grammy, BRIT Award and Ivor Novello winners are currently working on their 15th studio album. It is due for release in 2021 when the band will continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with a number of major live shows and events – including headlining both the Isle of White Festival and Lytham Festival.

Their Scarborough Open Air Theatre show is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Promoter Peter Taylor said: “Duran Duran are global superstars and we are so excited to be bringing them here to Scarborough next summer.

 “Their live shows are simply epic and fans have been asking us for some time now to bring them here to the Yorkshire coast. It is another massive headline show for Scarborough OAT 2021!”


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Snow Patrol are delighted to confirm an all-new headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer.

The multi-award winning band behind such anthems as Chasing Cars, Run, You’re All I Have, Signal Fire, Called Out in the Dark and Take Back the City will bring their stunning live show to Britain’s largest open-air arena on Saturday July 3.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday November 6.

Snow Patrol – Gary Lightbody (guitar/vocals), Johnny McDaid (keyboards/guitar) Nathan Connolly (guitar), Paul Wilson (bass) and Jonny Quinn (drums) – have racked up an impressive array of critical and commercial accolades over a hit-packed 25-year career.

This includes more than 17 million global album sales, one billion-plus global track streams, five UK Platinum-selling albums, an Ivor Novello award, and Grammy and Mercury Music Prize nominations.

The band broke into the mainstream in 2003 with their album Final Straw, featuring Top 5 hit Run. 2006’s Eyes Open saw them truly propelled to a global audience as massive hit single Chasing Cars went on to become UK radio’s most played song of the 21st century.

After taking some time out, Snow Patrol returned in 2018 with the brilliant Wildness – their first studio album in seven years. The band followed up its huge success with a sensational live tour which included a homecoming gig in front of 35,000 fans in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

They were due to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2020 only for the date to be cancelled due to the global pandemic. During lockdown the band recorded a new EP – The Fireside Sessions – with the help of a few thousand friends!

The EP is made up of five songs written by the band’s fans during a series of streams on Instagram Live dubbed ‘Saturday Songwrite’. In a nod to this collaboration, the EP was released under the banner of Snow Patrol And The Saturday Songwriters with all proceeds from sales going to the anti-poverty charity, The Trussell Trust.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre programmer Peter Taylor said: “We were gutted when the 2020 season had to be postponed so we are delighted to be able to confirm Snow Patrol are heading to Scarborough OAT in 2021.

 “They are hugely successful and influential band who have written and recorded some of the best-loved indie rock anthems of the last 20 years. These special songs are going to sound amazing at this unique venue. It’s going to be an incredible night.”

“I’m buzzing to be back playing in Yorkshire again!”

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Lewis Capaldi is returning to Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer for what promises to be another magical night on the Yorkshire coast.

The chart-topping and BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter played unforgettable two shows at the UK’s largest open-air arena in 2019 – with both dates selling out in record time.

And Lewis – widely regarded as one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed artists of his generation – will return to Scarborough OAT on Sunday July 25.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday November 6.

Lewis said: “Buzzing to be back playing in Yorkshire again! Scarborough 2019 was absolutely class so I can’t wait to return next summer. It’s a great venue, the crowds there are always unreal and so here’s to another unforgettable night x.” 

 It has been a whirlwind two years for two-time BRIT Award winner Lewis that has seen him top the charts around the world and sell-out massive arena tours.

He was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2019 BRITS before his breakthrough single Someone You Loved topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks.

Someone You Loved has become a global anthem – hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for a Grammy Awards for ‘Song of the Year’ and is today the longest-running top 10 UK single of all time by a British artist.

Lewis’ sensational debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent – which includes the hits as Before You Go, Grace, Hollywood and Bruises – was not only the top-selling album of 2019, but is now on track to be the biggest album in the UK for a second year running. It has yet to exit the UK Top 10 more than 18 months after its release.

2021 will be another incredibly busy year for Lewis with headline shows at arenas and festivals across Europe.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre programmer Peter Taylor said: “Lewis Capaldi is quite simply a music phenomenon – a brilliant live performer, a great guy and someone we are beyond delighted to see return.

 “When we booked his two Scarborough OAT shows in 2019 they were the biggest headline gigs Lewis had ever announced – and they sold out in record time.

 “Those shows will live long in the memory as brilliant, magical nights and so to welcome Lewis back in 2021 – for what will undoubtedly be his third sell-out show here – is really special.”


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Lancashire’s Fylde coast is celebrating the stellar line-up announced for Lytham Festival 2021.

It’s been revealed Diana Ross, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Lionel Richie and Duran Duran will all headline the event next summer taking place from Wednesday June 30 to Sunday July 4.

And as the announcement was made, the world-famous Blackpool Tower revealed the line-up with a message scrolling through its heart.

Elsewhere across the Fylde coast, Lytham’s famous windmill was lit up in purple all week in celebration of the Festival, unique sand art was created on St Annes Beach revealing the announcement date and time, a mysterious sign appeared in Lytham’s Clifton Square pointing to cities across the globe where the headline artists are linked to, and ‘Lytham Festival’ and its logo was painted across Lytham Green.

Five-day passes for Lytham Festival are now on sale from and individual tickets to all nights go on sale this Friday at 8am.

Festival director Peter Taylor said: “Lytham Festival has always enjoyed great support from across the Fylde coast and everyone has got behind this year’s fantastic announcement.

“The whole of the Fylde coast benefits from the festival with around 100,000 people visiting. Many of those people book hotels and the vast majority certainly support many hospitality businesses.

“Lytham Festival 2021 is going to be an amazing five nights and we can’t wait to return.”

Lytham Festival returns for 2021 from Wednesday June 30 with the following line-up:

Weds 30 June – Diana Ross with special guests Jack Savoretti and Adele Roberts DJ set

Thurs 01 July – Lewis Capaldi with support Luke La Volpe

Fri 02 July – Snow Patrol with support Kodaline and Jade Bird

Sat 03 July – Lionel Richie with support TLC, Gloria Gaynor and Craig Charles DJ set

Sun 04 July – Duran Duran with special guests TBC

Both VisitBlackpool and Fylde Borough Council were instrumental in supporting the Lytham Festival announcement.

A spokesperson for VisitBlackpool said: “We were thrilled to be able to offer the heart on the iconic Blackpool Tower to unveil next year’s Lytham Festival line-up.

“The festival is one of the stand-out events in the Fylde Coast tourism calendar and we can’t wait to see it return in the summer of 2021.”

Fylde Borough Council Chief Executive Allan Oldfield added: “Fylde Council is delighted to welcome the return of Lytham Festival, the most popular event on the Fylde coast calendar and with such a stellar international line up for 2021, the event has been a big miss this year. 

This will be the 12th year, 11th event, we have worked in partnership with Cuffe & Taylor who continue to astound everyone by improving the event year on year.  Just when you think it cannot get any better, they do something new and different as they continue to bring great music and great opportunity to Lytham, the Fylde Coast and beyond.

I am confident 2021 will be the best year yet and help everyone to move forward after the challenges of 2020, we all need great music.”

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Lytham Festival 2021 – stellar line-up revealed!

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Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Duran Duran and Snow Patrol will headline Lytham Festival 2021.

The stellar line-up is announced as Lancashire’s biggest live music festival prepares to return for what is set to be five unforgettable nights.

Lytham Festival will take place in the Main Proms Arena on Lytham Green from Wednesday 30 June to Sunday 04 July.

And as the full line-up is revealed, five-day passes giving festival-goers access to all nights are on sale now from

Individual tickets to each night will go on sale at 8am Friday October 30.

Festival director Peter Taylor said: “We are so incredibly excited to be announcing our full line-up for Lytham Festival 2021.

“Lionel Richie and Diana Ross are two of the world’s most iconic artists, there is no bigger British artist right now than Lewis Capaldi, and in Snow Patrol we have one of the most influential bands of the last 20 years.

“Duran Duran are global superstars. It is no secret that a massive amount of Lytham Festival fans have been asking for them to perform on our lovely Green for more than 10 years, so we can’t wait to welcome them and the whole of this incredible line-up to wonderful Leafy Lytham.”

Motown legend Diana Ross will be the first headline act on Wednesday June 30. The American singer and actress rose to fame as the lead singer of The Supremes, who became Motown’s most successful act during the 1960s and one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. A hugely successful solo career followed and has seen Ross win countless major awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe, a Tony and several American Music Awards.

Opening the show will be a set from Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, followed by chart-topping Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti.

Thursday July 1 will see rapidly rising international star Lewis Capaldi headline the Main Proms Arena. It’s been a meteoric rise for the Scottish singer-songwriter. This year alone has seen his number one single Someone You Loved nominated at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and it then won the 2020 Brit Award of the same title. Earlier this year his single Hold Me While You Wait was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award and Capaldi also won the 2020 Brit Award for Best New Artist.

Supporting Lewis will be a young rising star with up-and-coming blues/rock and roll artist Luke La Volpe.

Indie rockers Snow Patrol are the Friday night headliners. With a 25-year career they have racked up an impressive number of accolades including more than 17 million global album sales and an Ivor Novello award. Their 2006 monster hit single Chasing Cars went on to become UK radio’s most played song of the 21st Century.

Singer-songwriter and musician Jade Bird will open the night for Snow Patrol with Irish rock band Kodaline as the main support act.

Saturday night will see international superstar Lionel Richie headline as he will perform hits from his extensive and much-loved repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day. His music is part of the fabric of pop music and Richie has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide and is an Oscar, Golden Globe, and four-time Grammy Awards winner.

Funk and soul icon Craig Charles will open for Richie with a DJ set. Disco legend Gloria Gaynor will then take to the stage before a set from American girl group TLC.

Lytham Festival will close on Sunday July 4 with a headlining set from British music icons Duran Duran. Since first storming onto the pop scene in 1981 Duran Duran have sold more than 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 21 UK Top 20 tunes and have continued to perform to huge concert audiences around the world.

Consistently fusing art, technology, fashion and a signature sense of style with their unique and infectious brand of music, singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor have proven themselves timeless.

Special guests for Duran Duran are yet to be announced.

Peter Taylor added: “Live music and entertainment is part of the beating heart of the UK and we plan to make Lytham Festival bigger and better than ever before for 2021.

“We have a line-up filled with world-class artists and really cannot wait for June 30th when can all celebrate together and return to Lytham Green.”

Five day Passes for Lytham Festival are on sale now priced from £219 and are available from

Individual tickets priced from £35 will go on sale at 8am Friday October 30.

A range of exclusive VIP offers are also available.

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UB40 ft ALI CAMPBELL and ASTRO are back!

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British reggae legends UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro are returning to Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2021.

Ali and Astro bring their inimitable blend of reggae and pop hits to the Yorkshire coast on Saturday June 19.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday October 23.

UB40 are one of the UK’s most beloved music institutions, achieving three UK Number Ones – Red, Red Wine, I Got You Babe (ft. Chrissie Hynde) and I Can’t Help Falling In Love with You – not to mention 17 Top 10 singles.

Since reuniting six years ago, founding members Ali and Astro – backed on stage by a fantastic seven-piece reggae band – have become a formidable touring outfit. They played a sensational show at Scarborough OAT in 2017 and their 2019 ‘The Real Labour of Love’ tour visited Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America.

Ali and Astro have been active during this year’s enforced hiatus. As well as writing songs for their forthcoming album, they reassembled their touring band remotely to record a lockdown single, a poignant cover of the late Bill Withers’ Lean On Me, in aid of NHS Charities Together.

They are now looking forward to getting back on the road in 2021 with a band comprising bassist Colin McNeish, guitarist Winston Delandro, keyboardist Michael Martin, drummer Paul Slowly, backing singer Matt Hoy and a brass section of trumpeter Colin Graham and saxophonist Winston Rose.

And while a handful of songs from the forthcoming album will feature alongside classic UB40 hits, Ali is keen to include older numbers such as King (about the legacy of American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King) and One In Ten (about unemployment in the UK) that are, unfortunately, as timely today as when they were first sung in 1980 and 1981.

Ali said: “We wrote King 40 years ago, but it’s still representative of what’s happening in America. It’s depressing that nothing has changed.

“It’s the same with One In Ten in the UK. With the impact the coronavirus could have on jobs, we could soon be looking at unemployment figures on a par with the early Eighties. Those songs will feature in a show we’ve been honing for the past 12 years.

“We’ll always play the classics, like Red Red Wine and (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, but we like to change the beginning and end of the show. We’ll play Lean On Me and maybe add three or four new songs. The band members are all fantastic musicians and we’ve climbed back up to the biggest venues in the past 12 years.”

UB40 ft Ali and Astro join Olly Murs, Keane, Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Ru Paul’s Drag Race among Scarborough OAT’s 2021 headliners with more artists still to be announced.

Keane to play headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

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Keane – one of Britain’s most successful and beloved bands of the last 20 years – are heading to Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer.

The East Sussex chart-toppers delighted their legions of devoted fans by returning from a six-year hiatus in 2019 with brilliant new album Cause and Effect.

And Keane can today confirm they will play a huge headline gig at Scarborough Open Air Theatre – the UK’s largest purpose-built open air concert arena – on Friday July 9.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday October 23.

Keane have sold 13 million records worldwide, released four Number One studio albums, won two BRIT awards and an Ivor Novello award.

Their live shows are a stunning spectacle and they had been scheduled to play Scarborough OAT this summer only for the show to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Venue programmer Peter Taylor said: Keane were obviously going to be one of the major highlights of our 2020 season and so we are delighted to have arranged for them to play a headline show here in 2021.

 “They are an incredible live band. Their songs are beautiful, anthemic, the soundtrack to many people’s lives over the last 20 years, and I’m sure their army of fans cannot wait to see these songs played live here.”

Keane’s 2004 debut album Hopes and Fears, which gave the world such timeless classics as Somewhere Only We Know, Everybody’s Changing, This Is The Last Time and Bedshaped, is ranked among the UK’s 40 best-selling albums of all time.

Their return Cause and Effect – which includes the singles The Way I Feel, Love Too Much and Stupid Things – was produced by David Kosten and Keane themselves, and is the sound of a band rejuvenated.


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The legendary Nile Rodgers & CHIC are returning to the Yorkshire coast for a massive outdoor show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The undisputed Kings of Disco will play the UK’s largest purpose-built outdoor concert arena on Friday August 20.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday October 9.

Nile Rodgers is a multiple Grammy Award-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist with more than 200 production credits to his name.

As the co-founder of CHIC, he pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits such as Le Freak, Good Times and Everybody Dance that sparked the advent of hip-hop.

Nile Rodgers & CHIC are no strangers to Scarborough Open Air Theatre having played a sell-out show at the venue in 2018. They were due to play in Scarborough this summer only for the show to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nile transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s gained him inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

His work with CHIC and his productions for artists such as David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna have sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. His innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.

Nile Rodgers & CHIC’s Scarborough OAT show is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Promoter Peter Taylor said: “We were absolutely devastated to cancel this year’s summer season at Scarborough OAT, including Nile Rodgers & CHIC’s eagerly-awaited return here.

“Their show here in 2018 was just sensational – they never fail to get an entire arena on their feet dancing – and we’ve had so many fans asking us to bring them back.

“Therefore, we are delighted to announce Nile and CHIC will be returning to Scarborough OAT in 2021. They are global superstars, Nile is behind some of the best known songs ever written and this is going to be a night not to be missed.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World hits Scarborough in 2021

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Due to phenomenal demand RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour – the biggest drag show on the planet – has added an extra special Yorkshire coast date for 2021.

The smash-hit live stage show, which has sold out arenas around the globe, sashays into Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Sunday June 20 for its only outdoor date in the UK.

Tickets go on general sale from at 9am Friday October 9.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World sensationally mixes music, comedy and lavish set pieces to create the biggest, brashest and utterly glorious party night of the year.

Acclaimed for its amazing production values, this is the fourth iteration of the ground-breaking tour in the UK and Europe. The show for 2021 sees an experiment gone wrong which sends Drag Race judge and Strictly Come Dancing star Michelle Visage spiraling through time with no way of returning “home”.

The audience will join newly crowned Season 12 Drag Race winner Jaida Essence Hall, Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, Plastique Tiara, Vanessa Vanjie and Yvie Oddly, along with stars from the latest US, UK, and Canadian Seasons, as they journey through iconic periods of history in the hope they will find their way back to the present day.

The Scarborough OAT date is one of three very special shows in the UK which have been added to the European leg of the World Tour and is presented by Cuffe and Taylor and US-based Voss Events. The team are also taking the show to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Friday June 18 and Brighton Centre on Saturday June 19.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre programmer Peter Taylor said: “We are delighted to be able to bring RuPaul’s Drag Race’s World Tour to Scarborough. The demand for tickets across the UK and Europe has been phenomenal.

“The show is always a huge hit and we are really looking forward to be working with the Voss Events team to present what will be an outrageously entertaining evening on the beautiful Yorkshire coast.

“This is going to be an unmissable party night and arguably the most lavish production we have staged at Scarborough OAT since we welcomed Britney Spears and Kylie to the venue! If you like a great night out with friends you will not want to miss this!”

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