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Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbach in Sherlock

Stonyhurst College - Sherlock Holmes’ Lancashire home

The world’s most famous detective owes much to an historic school in the Ribble Valley, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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Manchester Christmas Markets and lights 2014 Photo Mark Waugh

The alternative Manchester Christmas shopping guide

We’ve explored the hidden corners of Manchester to find the best places for you to purchase the perfect Christmas gifts this festive season

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The wreath laying procession

Stonyhurst College First World War remembrance

Stonyhurst College remembered those who died in the First World War when pupils, staff, parents, alumni and local dignitaries attended a special day, which began with mass in St Peter’s Church.

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Christmas lights on Clifton Square

Lytham gets ready for Christmas

We meet the people planning to give Lytham some extra Christmas sparkle. Emma Mayoh reports

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Weddings

Clegg and Ettridge - The wedding of Sarah Clegg to John Ettridge took place at St James Parish Church, Milnrow, followed by a reception at the Bellavista, Milnrow. The bride, a keen equestrian, is the daughter of John and Kath Clegg of Littleborough and the groom is the son of Ken Ettridge of Witherslack and Jane Pape of Cartmel. Following the church service, the newlyweds were given a surprise guard of honour from Pony Club members who had travelled down from the Lake District as a secret. Before making their home in Minthorpe, the newlyweds will honeymoon in Woolacombe.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - December 2014

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

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Wales and Doran - Taking place at Clitheroe Castle, the pastel themed wedding of Lynsey Katherine Wales and Philip Edward Doran had everything from bunting, a dog and a vintage bus. The Bride is the daughter of Pamela and Bernard Wales of Salesbury, and the groom is the son of the late Florence and Hugh Doran of Accrington. Lynsey, who is a marketing coordinator, wore a traditional shoulder less dress with a vintage necklace and trainer boots. The groom, who is a textile engineer, also had his two sons Simon Sam and Leo Doran present at the wedding. The couple, who live in Clitheroe, enjoyed a reception at Whalley Golf Club before enjoying a honeymoon in Berlin.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - November 2014

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

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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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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

Yasmin Bennison, Vicky Cashmore, Julia Bennison, Deborah Shaw

Bolton School Old Girls’ Association culinary master-class

Bolton School hosted a culinary master-class for the Old Girls’ Association to raise awareness of a foundation supporting sufferers of Phelan McDermid Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder affecting Charlie Kay, a six-year-old boy from Westhoughton.

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Leyland Morris Men

Rainbow Legacy House Lancashire Day celebrations, Park Hall Hotel

Visitors turned out in force for a new Lancashire Day event held at the Park Hall Hotel complex at Charnock Richard.

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LAN Jan15 Ballet school

Stonyhurst Ballerina students release 2015 calendar to raise funds for charity

A charity calendar featuring dance students at Stonyhurst College will help to provide local youngsters with much-needed holidays

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Nicola Carragher, Coleen Rooney, Laura Warnock

Carolyn Hughes PR fifth annual charity lunch; Gusto, Albert Dock.

Liverpool-based Carolyn Hughes PR hosted its fifth annual charity lunch at Gusto at Albert Dock.

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Streetlife, Ramin Bostan (Amurco)

Streetsound single set to raise funds for Blackpool youth

Blackpool based charity is using music to raise funds to help provide support and shelter to vulnerable young people in the North West.

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Kerry Walton, Jessica Walton, Melissa Mayor, Samantha Roylance and Donna Waring

The 10th annual Sutty’s Shooting Stars charity ball; Barton Grange Hotel, Preston

The Sutty’s Shooting Stars charity ball celebrated its tenth year at Barton Grange Hotel, Preston. The ball, which is in aid of the charity set up by Carl Sutton’s family after the 23-year-old died in an accident, successfully raised £8,500 via an auction and raffle.

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The Chamber team: Vicky Lofthouse, Gemma Beaton, Hannah Snashall and Rebecca Walker

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce annual black tie event, Lancaster House Hotel

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce held their annual black tie event at Lancaster House Hotel, where over 120 guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment and magic. Attendees enjoyed a three course dinner and entertainment featured caricature portraits with Jack Knight, live music by the Funk Circus and magician, David Lancaster.

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Jenny Hollowood-Smith, Emma Grandison, Kerry Walsh and Lisa Franks

Rosemere Cancer Trust 2014 fundraising ball, The Pines Hotel

Readers of our feature last month about Emma Grandison’s decision to delay chemotherapy for the sake of her unborn daughter will remember her determination to attend a fundraising ball at The Pines Hotel in Clayton-le-Woods for the Rosemere Cancer Unit and the Neonatal Unit at Royal Preston Hospital.

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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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Education

LAN Jan15 Ballet school

Stonyhurst Ballerina students release 2015 calendar to raise funds for charity

A charity calendar featuring dance students at Stonyhurst College will help to provide local youngsters with much-needed holidays

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Holmeswood Methodist School Gardening comp winners with head teacher, Mr Relph Higson

Lancashire Life Garden of the Year 2014 competition - the winners revealed

With a number of gardening accolades already under their belts, Holmeswood Methodist Primary can now add the title of Lancashire Life School Garden of the Year

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The 2014 Land Rover Bursary Winners Urban Farm

The Urban Farm joins forces with the Prince’s Countryside Fund

Two young women with a passion for animals are taking their farm to schools and care homes to spread knowledge - and a little happiness

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Scarlett Prenticejess Tomlinson, Anna Threlkeld, Tia Barrea , Ashleigh Wild and Zoe Costigan

Hodgson Academy 2014 prom, Imperial Hotel, Blackpool.

Around 200 students and staff from Hodgson Academy in Poulton-le-Fylde attended the annual prom at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

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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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