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  1. Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga play

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter, BBC News

    Stevie Wonder

    There were no punches pulled as the main Together At Home broadcast kicked off just after midnight GMT.

    Lady Gaga was first to play, delivering an upbeat version of Charlie Chaplin's Smile (though your heart is aching) that she dedicated to first responders and healthcare workers.

    She was followed swiftly by Motown legend Stevie Wonder, who played Lean On Me - written by Bill Withers who died earlier this month (although his death was not related to coronavirus).

    "During hardships like this we have to lean on each other for help," said the singer. "My friend, the late Bill Withers, has the perfect song about that and I want us to remember him tonight."

    Next up was Paul McCartney, who said healthcare workers were the "real heroes", and likened the medical response during the Covid-19 pandemic to the circumstances his mother, Mary, worked in as a nurse during World War 2.

    He went on to play the Beatles hit Lady Madonna, while images of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers flashed up on the screen.

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  2. 'Dear NHS...' Stars write love letters to say thank you

    Sir Paul McCartney and Dame Emma Thompson

    "Love letters" to the NHS written by stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry have been collected in a book.

    Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You will raise funds for NHS Charities Together and The Lullaby Trust, and has been curated by This Is Going To Hurt author Adam Kay.

    "It is our single greatest achievement as a nation, always there for us and never more so than now," said Kay, a former doctor.

    High-profile contributors include Ricky Gervais, Graham Norton, Sir Michael Palin and Louis Theroux.

    Kay said he had been "blown away" by the number of people who had been willing to share their stories for the book, which will be released on 9 July.

  3. No more muddy nights as McCartney's Glastonbury return cancelled

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    Glastonbury's famous Pyramid Stage will remain dark in June, as the festival becomes the latest event to be cancelled due to coronavirus.

    Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were due to headline, alongside Diana Ross and Dua Lipa.

    Just six days ago, organiser Emily Eavis said she had "fingers firmly crossed" the event would go ahead.

    But after the government advised people to avoid mass gatherings, cancellation became inevitable.

    Glastonbury statement