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Salford's Lowry hosts Royal Variety Performance

The Princess Royal arrives at the Lowry
Image caption The show was attended by the Princess Royal

Singers Tony Bennett and Nicole Scherzinger have joined other stars at the Royal Variety Performance in Salford.

The show, held in the presence of the Princess Royal, was hosted by comedian Peter Kay.

Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall and the Dhol Foundation, a team of drummers, also took part.

The event at The Lowry Arts Centre was to raise money for the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund.

Now in its 99th year, the performance returned to the North West for the third time in four years, having taken place at Liverpool's Empire Theatre in 2007 and the Blackpool Opera House in 2009.

'Pixie Lott'

Also performing in Salford were singers Cee Lo Green and Pixie Lott, comedians Greg Davies and Jason Manford, and magicians Penn & Teller.

The show was the first for 20 years that was not attended by the Queen or the Prince of Wales.

They have taken it in turns to watch the annual shows since 1991. The prince attended in London last year.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen receives many invitations and she cannot accept them all, and the Princess Royal is happy to attend this year."

The show will be screened by ITV later in December.

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