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Lucy Cavendish named as new Holker Group Chairrman

Lucy Cavendish named as new Holker Group Chairrman

The Holker Group, which owns a number of diverse businesses across South Cumbria, announces the appointment of Lucy Cavendish as its new Chairman.

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The Comedy Carpet opposite Blackpool Tower

Wayne Hemingway - My top 5 public spaces in the world

Columnist Wayne Hemingway celebrates his favourite five examples of generous public spaces, including one right here in Lancashire

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Chorley Pals Memorial

Chorley remembers the World War One heroes

As the nation stops to remember the sacrifices made 100 years ago, Chorley prepares to commemorate the town’s biggest loss, as Paul Mackenzie reports

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

Hotel Staff

The Belsfield hotel Great Gatsby launch night

The Belsfield hotel showcased its multi-million pound refurbishment with a glitzy Great Gatsby launch night.

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Joan Dutton, Patricia Jaeger, Jo Beechey and Pam Sharp

NAFAS 60th anniversary celebrations, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport

Celebrations were held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, as the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies celebrated its 60th anniversary.

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Donna’s friends: Shirley, Miriam, Lynn and Carol

Donna Grundy charity evening, Hurltson Hall Golf Club

A charity evening was held at Hurltson Hall Golf Club to raise money for Breast Cancer Research and Queens Court Hospice. Organised by Belinda Lyons, whose sister Donna Grundy passed away eight weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer, the evening was attended by 145 guests and raised £8,000 for both charities.

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Michael Vanheste, Mark Harrison and Nigel Haworth

Stuart Frazer launches Ribble Valley showroom

Kitchen design expert and SieMatic dealer, Stuart Frazer, launched its Ribble Valley showroom with a two-night gala and a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef patron Nigel Haworth and fellow Northcote chef, Michael Vanheste.

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Colin and Julie Porter, Donna Wren, Angela and Stephen Allen and Simon Truelove

The 2014 Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service charity ball

The Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service charity ball was hosted at the Lancaster House Hotel to raise money for those sleeping rough or struggling to manage their own accommodation.

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Abbey Mills, Zoey Welch, Maria Hardwidge, Louise Everrett and Victoria Sharpley

Fletchers Solicitors in aid of the North West Regional Spinal Injury Centre

A black tie charity ball was held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Southport, in aid of raising money for the North West Regional Spinal Injury Centre.

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The Coronation Street crowd

Corrie stars at Selfridges Manchester AW14 Fashion Show

The fashion pack were out in force in Manchester to check out the newest looks on the catwalk at Selfridges

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Guests gather for THREE official opening ceremonies; It's My Life ,  Compassion in Action Rainbow Eco Farm and  The Thompson House Equestrian Centre

Why the former boss of Ainscough crane hire set up the Thompson House Equestrian Centre

A trio of charities have been boosted by a Lancashire businessman who is dedicated to helping others

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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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