AN article in The Guardian reports that the Tate Britain gallery in London will be opening its doors until midnight for the first time in order to cope with demand for an exhibition of work by Yorkshire-born painter David Hockney.

The event sold more than 350,000 tickets before the doors opened in February, and has gone on to become one of the most popular shows in Tate Britain’s history.

The midnight openings will be held on the last weekend of the exhibition at the end of May.

The Daily Express profiles Doc Price, who at the age of 85, is still earning a living as a tattoo artist.

Doc, from Plymouth in Devon, got his first tattoo - saying 'Mother' - in 1962, and started working full time just two years later.

He was the star attraction during the opening of an exhibition charting the history of British tattooing at the National Maritime Museum, in Falmouth, Cornwall.

He commented: “It has gone from almost a dead form to being probably the most prolific, most popular way people are dressing themselves. Young people are dressing themselves to the world today - and it is just fabulous. The quality is enormously good and the versatility is wonderful. It has gone from being something interesting to being something very important to people.”

According to the Daily Express, Glasgow gets more days of rain than anywhere else in the UK.

Research carried out by Freeflush, an organisation which encourages householders to re-use their rainwater, analysed Met Office data from 1981 to 2015, and showed Glasgow gets a total of 1,124mm (44in) and typically endures 170 days of wet weather each year.

Not surprisingly, a house in Broadstairs, Kent, has generated plenty of interest after being put up for sale.

For the property, formerly known as Fort House and later renamed Bleak House, was the holiday home where Charles Dickens wrote several of his books.

The Daily Mail says that £5.2 million is the asking price for the Grade 11 listed mansion, which has been run as a hotel for the past five years.

Apparently Dickens visited the house during the summers, staying there frequently during the 1830s up until the late 1850s.

The property, situated on the cliffs above Broadstairs, was built in 1801 and damaged by fire in 2006, but subsequently underwent a £40,000 restoration.

The Guardian reports that Liverpool is preparing to celebrate the golden anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles album released on 1 June 1967 and regularly voted the greatest album of all time. The celebration will include an event for each of the 13 tracks.

The Daily Star has saluted 43 year old Christian Whiteley-Mason, from Barnsley, who has passed his driving test at the 33rd attempt!

Christian took his first test way back in 1992. Since then he has had 14 instructors and hundreds of lessons .

He commented: “It’s a lot more difficult now. There’s a lot more to it than when I first started.

“Now I have passed, I’m so proud of myself. I’ve bought a Smart car I call Percy. It’s marvellous being able to go anywhere I want without relying on taxis and buses.

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