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Bing, also known as Brian, receiving his medal

The wartime parachute dogs of Lancashire

A Lancashire Parachute regiment had a special member who jumped from planes and saved lives. Emily Rothery reports

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Donald Campbell in Bluebird K7 (c. Paul Allonby)

Donald Campbell’s legacy lives on in the Coniston and Power Boat Records Week

The 44th Power Boat Records Week takes place this November on Coniston Water. We visit the village to delve into its history with power boat racing and the famous Bluebird K7.

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LAN Oct14  Hidden Lancs

Dr Derek J Ripley on the history of foreign food in Lancashire

Our resident historian Dr Derek J Ripley looks back at Lancashire early attempt at con-fusion food

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Baby George in Downton Abbey

Meet the real-life Baby George from Downton Abbey (there are two of them)

Identical twins from Flookburgh shared the role in the fourth series

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Sarah and Ian at their Wiccan wedding with Bramble as ring bearer

The tale of the Wiccan witch and the Great Dane in Bowness

Emily Rothery meets a follower of the Wiccan faithwho has a special bond with her dog

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Nuttall and Maskell - The wedding of Emma Nuttall, daughter of Terry and Beverley Nuttall, and Ricky Maskell, son of Philip and Valerie Maskell took place at Mitton Hall, Whalley, followed by a wedding breakfast at the same venue. The bride, a primary school teacher, and the groom, an aerospace project manager, took a mini-moon in Venice before heading off on their honeymoon in the summer to Tanzania and the Seychelles.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - October 2014

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

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The brides new headgear

A rushcart wedding in Lancashire

When Vicky Kelly married Richard Sample their big day turned into a street party with a difference

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Arley Hall

Wedding Fayres in the North West - Autumn 2014

Nine top wedding fayres in Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester - brought to you by the team at North West Bride

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Cockroft and Sharp - The wedding of Fiona Cockroft, daughter of Darrel and Jacqueline Cockroft of Laneshawbridge, and Neil Sharp, son of Wendy Sharp of Barrowford and Alan Sharp of Higham, took place at Christ Church, Colne, with a reception held later at The Villa, Wrea Green. The couple were married alongside close family and friends, including three flower girls, Jessie Smith, Isabella and Scarlett Wearmouth, and three page boys including their son, Samuel Sharp, Charles and Maxwell Cockroft. The bride, a physiotherapist, and the groom, a mechanic, spent their honeymoon in Venice followed by a familymoon in Disneyland Paris, before returning to their home in Laneshawbridge.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - September 2014

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

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Sharples and Smith - Joanne Sharples, daughter of Ian and Linda Sharples, and Brent Smith, son of Warren and Sue Smith were married at St.Annes Parish Church, St.Annes on Sea. The ceremony was followed by a wedding breakfast and evening reception at Singleton Lodge, Poulton-Le-Fylde. The couple honeymooned in Cuba.

Lancashire Life Wedding Gallery - August 2014

Lancashire Life is THE place to have your wedding picture published - and it’s free to readers.

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Discover People

Jump imaging

Jump Imaging C.I.C

Stunning Photography & Media services- Specialising in portraiture for children with complex needs - Whilst supporting JUMP Childrens Charity.

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Social Events

Suzanne Daggers with Vicky, Anna and Jo Worsfold

Sparkle Ball raises funds for St John’s Hospice, Lancaster

Entering on a red carpet, 120 glamorous guests attended the Sparkle Ball at the Leyland Hotel, Preston.

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The Princes reviews the college cadets

Princess Anne visits Stonyhurst College and Whittle-le-Woods

Support for charities means a double visit for the Princess Royal

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Ann Ward, Alan Keegan and Susan Hartley enjoying a joke

Rossendale Hospice James Bond 007 charity ball, Midland Hotel, Manchester

A glittering charity ball was held at the iconic Midland Hotel in Manchester in aid of Rossendale Hospice. The James Bond 007 themed event raised £30,000.

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Craig Rogers, Karen Rogers, Roy Fenton, Yvonne McConnell, Oliver McConnell, Joan Fenton and Chris McConnell (Joan and Roy celebrate their 50th anniversary on the day and also Oliver had just passed out)

Royal Marines 350th anniversary black tie ball, mperial Hotel, Blackpool

A black tie ball attended by 250 guests was held at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

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Musical interlude....Sue Black,  Alison Tickle and James Taylor join Tricia McClure and the electric organ

Soroptimist International St Helens Macmillan Coffee Morning, Knowsley Hall

Soroptimist International St Helens organised a very successful Macmillan Coffee Morning at Knowsley Hall. Guests enjoyed hot beverages and cakes before taking part in a raffle which raised over £3,500 for the cancer charity.

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Jeff Fuller whose company is a year old

Jeff Fuller, The Light Yard, Leigh

After running a kitchen in the Palace of Westminster, Jeff Fuller moved to Leigh to follow his passion for high-end lighting. Alice Wilkinson reports

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Hilton star ball Manchester

2014 Star Ball raises £62,300 for Variety and the Hilton Community Foundation

Stars were out in force when the Hilton Hotel Manchester staged its annual Star Ball last night. The glamorous black tie event, attended by famous faces such as Hollyoaks actresses Jorgie Porter and Stephanie Davis, successfully raised £62,300 for Variety and the Hilton Community Foundation. More than 400 guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a four-course dinner before hearing speeches from some of those supported by the charities, including the inspirational story of Matt King, OBE. Attendees then danced the night away to the sounds of Jack Pack and girl-band Vanquish.

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A replica of the Waterbird under construction

Bringing the the Waterbird back to life

Mike Glover reports on plans to recreate a British aviation first on the banks of Windermere

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Celebrity Interviews

Suranne Jones as DC Rachel Bailey. Photography by  Ben Blackall.

Oldham’s Suranne Jones on creating Scott and Bailey

Oldham-born Suranne Jones talks to Paul Taylor about her idea for Lancashire’s answer to Cagney and Lacey. It proved so popular, it’s back for a fourth series.

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Prof Brian Cox with a display from the Collider exhibition at MOSI

Professor Brian Cox on his northern life and his love of science

TV star talks about life, the universe and everything.

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Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton on life after Blue Peter and growing up in Appleby

Dare-devil television presenter Helen Skelton has settled for a slightly quieter life in Manchester. Tony Greenway talks to her

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Mark McGann

Mark McGann on playing John Lennon

Mark McGann has been playing the role of John Lennon, on and off, for over 30 years. He steps into John’s shoes again for In My Life at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, on August 24, a show which features Beatles tribute band Pepperland, from Sweden.

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Emmerdale actor, Kelvin Fletcher

Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher is mastering a real-life role as a racing driver

TV fans know Kelvin Fletcher as dependable Andy Sugden but the Oldham actor is mastering a real-life role as a racing driver. Paul Taylor reports

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Jack Butler and Hannah Kelsall

Garstang Community Academy Year 11 Prom, Barton Grange Hotel

Glamorous pupils from Garstang Community Academy danced the night away at Barton Grange Hotel for their Year 11 prom. Girls and boys dressed in their finery arrived in a range of fantastic vehicles - from sleek limousines and sports cars to a traditional tractor pull.

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Georgie Ashworth Matt Smith Sophie Foreman Ellie Johnston Josh Beeston

Manchester Schools Class of 2014 Leavers’ Ball

Students from three Manchester schools took to the red carpet in style as they enjoyed their Class of 2014 Leavers’ Ball celebration at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate. Around 300 sixth formers attended the glamorous event, organised jointly by Withington Girls’ School, Manchester High School for Girls and the Manchester Grammar School. The latter’s Jazz Band played during the welcome drinks reception before guests sat down to a three-course meal in the ballroom, followed by dancing to the tunes of a guest DJ.

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Where did he go?

Preston schoolchildren in World War One event

It was a history lesson like no other for children from five schools near Preston, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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School governors;  Revd. Andrew Housley,  Stephen Draper,  Anne Rosbotham-Williams,  Kim O'Brien,  Jeanne Hall (Head teacher), Hilary Rosbotham, Paul Wilcox (Chairman) Jodie Scott and Jane Booth

Bickerstaffe Church of England Primary School celebrates 170th anniversary

Parents, teachers and the local community joined together to celebrate the 170th anniversary of Bickerstaffe Church of England Primary School near Ormskirk.

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People Showcase

Opus Wealth Management Ltd

Wow ! – lots more flexibility for Pensions

Retirement is often said to be ‘the longest holiday of your life’. I don’t know about you, but when I go on holiday I like it to be a bit more special than the usual daily grind – so I know that holiday time is going to be a bit more expensive than day-to-day living.

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Opus Wealth Management Ltd

Do You Need a Financial Health check?

Planning your finances and making the most of your money have never been more important. Whether you are about to start drawing on your pension benefits, have just inherited some money, or are selling your business; taking professional and impartial advice is crucial.

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