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Just why did the Vikings come to Lancashire, asks Dr Derek J. Ripley. Was it for the black pudding and chips?

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JERSEY BOYS The Musical London photo Brinkhoff & M Genburg

From Burnley to the Big Smoke, Helen Ternent is making it on stage in the West End

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Bury New Road

It may not be as well known as Manchester’s other suburbs, but Whitefield is certainly emerging from their shawdows with plenty to see and do. Words by Rebekka O’Grady

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Bobby Ball

Having already performed his self-penned play, “Rock Off, Tommy!” at the start of the year, Bobby Ball is returning to the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham with his newly written production which is two shows for the price of one.

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Mosaic Sampler

A new book by Douglas Jackson recounts the extraordinary story of Lancashire’s world-class collection of Tiffany glass on display in Accrington

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High Street shopping in Clitheroe

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Looking along Market Place toward Castle Street

The ‘capital’ of the Ribble Valley has plenty to offer the keen shopper and history buff

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Meet the locals who make Whalley a wonderful place to live, work and visit. Emma Mayoh reports

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Devil's Bridge

This beautiful border town is a magnet for newcomers, including a metalwork artist with an international following. Sue Riley reports

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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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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FINE furniture makers Will Acland and Oliver Waters are attracting students from across the world to a school they have set up in what was once a bustling bobbin mill in the Lake District.

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The wow factor

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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Social Events

Friday, August 21, 2015

Lancashire’s award-winning food and drink retailer, Booths, opened a 30,000 sq ft store in Burscough creating more than 60 new jobs.

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Giles Hepplestone, Susan Lamb, Clive Hepplestone, Diane Hepplestone, Katie Bettridge and Les Holden

One of the north’s most successful art galleries welcomed family, friends, artists and clients to their tenth anniversary celebrations.

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(Back Row L-R) Kirk Stokes, Simon Flanagan, Bernard Arpajou, Bala Ari, Nicolas Resusta, Khunyuli Sata, Ethan Stephenson, Charlie Harmer, Mark Hughes, Sam Reynolds and Yannik Aretz
(Front Row L-R) Eduardo Diaz, Naveen Alwani, Juan Alarco, Eduardo Garcia, Carlos Anaya, James Hurst, Angela Miller, Luis Porta, Ben Reynolds and Luis Campuzano

Parents’ Weekend at St Mary’s Hall finished with the annual Rudiments Ball and leaver’s dinner at Mitton Hall, Whalley.

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Rebecca Mellor, Danny Cassell, Angelique Cassell and Leone Kirkland

A stunning black tie ball with a Lewis Carroll theme was staged at Formby Hall Golf Club to raise awareness and money for Zoe’s Place baby hospice in Liverpool. The hospice provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five.

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Joshua Mason, and Sgt Holt

Grange-over-Sands is one of old Lancashire’s quintessential Edwardian resorts and to mark the fact villagers donned their finest outfits for a day of fun in this lovely coastal community.

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Helen Berry, Louise Ormisher, Neil Fraser, Emma Ninan and Helen Hart

The inaugural Westholme Association Summer Ball took place at Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, Whittle-le-Woods.

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Villaggio Cucina interior

A chef from Ormskirk runs a restaurant producing the sort of Italian food mama would love. Roger Borrell reports. Photography by Kirsty Thompson

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Amy Stevenson, Lydia Durkin and Hannah Durkin

£20,000 was raised at a charity event held at Briars Hall, Lathom.

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Celebrity Interviews

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Piers Linney grew up in Lancashire and his entreprenural spirit was clear from an early age. Mairead Mahon reports

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The Great British Bake Off contestants - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

After star baker Marie was compared to Rod Stewart this week, we couldn’t help but spot that many of the other contestants shared some spooky similarities with celebrities too…

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Andy Flintoff

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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