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Local People

Friday, June 26, 2015

Her Majesty visited the Lancaster landmark at an important time in its history, says Lord Shuttleworth

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Madeline Small from Break-Free

Break-Free offers advice, counseling and workshops for those affected by addiction and trauma.

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The F-35 in a vertical landing

Samlesbury is home to Lancashire’s military plane maker employing 4,000 skilled workers. Martin Pilkington reports

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Knights will fight it out in a medieval tournee in Cartmel

Cartmel is famous for sticky toffee pudding and for having one of the country’s most beautiful racecourses but few people connect it with one of the great moment in our history - the signing of Magna Carta.

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Shopping in the sunshine; Diane Parkinson, Lyn Dawber, Kimberley O'Brien and Alex Finnerty

The high street is cobbled and the town is served by steam trains, but this Rossendale community is looking forwards not back, writes Martin Pilkington. Photography by Kirsty Thompson

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Will the people of Lancashire vote with their feet?

Our resident historian Dr Derek J. Ripley takes a look at some of the smaller, stupider parties vying for our votes

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Sheila Robinson

For more than 40 years Sheila Robinson has been at the helm of the Great Eccleston Show, one of the most popular events in the county calendar

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Vic Robinson was brought in to save Tripe Club

In the third and, hopefully, final part of his offal trilogy, our resident historian Dr Derek J. Ripley reveals how tripe came out of the closset

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Weddings

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A young brother and sister team has set up a business that could be the next big thing in the wedding market

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Holgate and Vernon - Faith Holgate, daughter of Carole and Michael Holgate of Standish, married Mark Vernon, son of Carol and James Vernon of Euxton, at the Old Parsonage in Didsbury Village, followed by a reception at the Midland Hotel, Manchester. After a honeymoon to Italy, the couple returned to Manchester where they now live.  The bride is a fashion photographer and the groom is an electrical engineer.

If you married recently and would like your photograph published in Lancashire Life, why not send us a picture?

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Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park  Fashion Show - photo Ian Southerin

The North’s biggest and best bridal show takes place on 31st January - 1st February

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Education

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

When is an egg not an egg? When it is coconut and mango, of course! Emma Mayoh delves into the world of Heston Blumenthal inspired food at Nelson and Colne College

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The dramatic road to the school

Stonyhurst’s old boys include Tolkien, Conan Doyle, three saints and at least one president, Writer Julie Frankland and photographer Glynn Ward went behind the scenes

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Holmeswood Methodist School Gardening comp winners, Joe (7) and Emily Sutton (10) and David Prescott (10) with John Foley of sponsors, Holden Clough

It’s time for pupils to dig for victory as we launch the 2015 Lancashire Life School Garden of the Year competition

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Maddison, Daniel, Ryan and Leo

The ukulele has seen a huge surge in popularity with many youngsters following in George Formby’s footsteps.

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Daisy Winrow,  Jessica Mahood,  Amy Chung, Emily Felton, Sian Singleton and Sofia De Sousa

Youngsters from Burscough will be heading to Romania to represent England at the Dance World Cup, reports Rebekka O’Grady.Photography by John Cocks

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Social Events

Women’s Institute members from Lancashire gathered at Shaw Hill Golf Club, Whittle-le-Woods, for a charity luncheon. The event, attended by 121 ladies, raised just over £1,000 for the Associated Country Women of the World, a charity long supported by the WI worldwide.

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Bradley Gosling, Margret Gosling, Charlotte Gosling, Elise Scofield and Wayne Gosling

Rossall, one of the UK’s leading independent schools, said farewell to its senior students at a Leavers’ Ball which was enjoyed by staff, supporters, parents and young people going on to make their way in the world.

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Inspiring Women Awards 2015

The 23rd Inspiring Women Awards was an afternoon of laughter and tears as Cheshire Life heard stories from some of the region’s most remarkable ladies, writes Rebekka O’Grady

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Iona and Ewan Finney with Andy Jester

More than 20,000 people flocked to the Holker Garden Festival with the numbers attending the sunny Saturday session breaking all previous records.

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Tim Howard, Darron Gibson, AaronLennon, Gareth Barrry,  Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and Aiden McGeady

Glamorous guests gathered at St Georges’ Hall, Liverpool, for Everton Football Club’s 10th Annual End of Season Awards.

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Barton Grange Hotel book launch

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Alfie, Jonathan, Katie, Libby, Emily, Joe and Oliver Topping

When Ada Theobald left school in 1918 aged 13, she might have expected to marry, have a family and run a household - and she did. But the formidable Ada was also blessed with an entrepreneurial streak that laid the foundations for a business that is still thriving today. Already the owner of a greengrocer’s in Preston, she married Edward Topping, who ran a small market garden in New Longton, in 1929 and, after producing a son, Eddie, soon turned her attentions to supplementing the family income.

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No 4,  Henry Brooke on Stags Leap (yellow with black stars) crosses the finish line to win the FIRST Race

Guests of Lancashire Life spent a day at one of Britain’s loveliest racecourses - in the historic South Lakes village of Cartmel.

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Carla Robinson and Alison Furnell

Glamorous guests attended a Dinner with Swing evening at the The Grand Hotel, Lytham St Annes, in aid of Brian House Children’s Hospice, a specialist unit within Trinity Hospice on the Fylde Coast. Through a raffle, balloon raffle and auction, the event raised £13,000 for the hospice, which requires £1.5 million each year to run. Entertainment was provided by Daniel Sings.

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Celebrity Interviews

Yesterday, 00:00

Preston’s Ashes hero Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will be back in the city this month as he kicks off a new career. Words by Paul Mackenzie

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Victoria Derbyshire behind the scenes

According to the critics, Rochdale’s Victoria Derbyshire has avoided turning her new BBC2 programme into a freak show. She spoke to Mike Glover

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Russell Watson

Lancashire’s singing superstar Russell Watson kicks off his tour of the UK by telling us what he loves most about the red rose county

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Claire Sweeney with Jaxon.  Photo by Nils Jorgensen/REX

At the age of 43 Claire Sweeney will enjoy her first Mother’s Day since the birth of her son writes Paul Mackenzie

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Shobna Gulati credit Rachel Joseph

Shobna Gulati talks to us about her Oldham roots, her childhood and her next transformation onto the musical stage. Emma Mayoh reports

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