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Local People

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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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Blacksmith John Law at Yew Tree Barn, Low Newton, Grange-over-Sands

If you ever wanted to forge a career in the ancient art of blacksmithing, former Royal Navy mines expert John Law is the man to see. Ann Wilson reports

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Looking toward Oldham Parish Church

Once the biggest cotton-spinning town in the world, this community is now going through an industrious revolution, writes Paul Taylor

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A family gathers around the TV eagerly waiting for Tripe Club to finish

Part Two of our resident historian Dr Derek J Ripley’s look back at an offal period in Lancashire’s history

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The history of Ribby Hall in Wrea Green

Saturday, March 7, 2015
An early painting of Ribby Hall

Today, we know Ribby Hall as a five star holiday and leisure venue near Preston. But House historians Carole Knight and Jude O’Gorman have been digging deeper into its past

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Miss Patience Arnold's notebook

After Radio 4’s landmark History of the World in 100 Objects, the Lancashire Archive celebrates its birthday in similar fashion. Mairead Mahaon reports

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Weddings

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lilibet Connard’s cakes are the coveted centre piece for many brides wanting that ‘pièce de résistance.’ Now here’s your chance to win your own stunning designer confection that tastes as good as it looks.

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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.

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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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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.

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Education

Yesterday, 00:00

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

Alistair Campbell, Former Communications Director to Tony Blair, received a warm welcome from business and sports people when he arrived in Liverpool to launch his book ‘Winners - and How They Succeed’.

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Barmen, Marcelle Tompkins and David Harris shaking cocktails

Uber glam Tattu restaurant is already set to be a favourite with the in-crowd judging from the reaction of the 250 movers and shakers who turned up for the recent red carpet opening.

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Nicola Terry and Sian Bourke

Guests looked fabulous in flapper frocks and smart in their suits at a Great Gatsby evening held at Mitton Hall.

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John Leadbetter (left) with his dog Skye and Roger Pickup with his border collie Ted

The man who made hiking popular in the Lakes was also a great animal lover and his legacy lives on, writes Mike Glover

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Executive Head Chef, Justin Woods

More than 100 guests celebrated the £250,000 refurbishment of the Best Western Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. They were treated to a champagne reception and a tasting menu of canapés from executive chef Justin Woods, showcasing his passion for local produce.

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Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso

The Liverpool All-Star Charity match, hosted by Liverpool FC’s official charity, the Liverpool FC Foundation, took place at Anfield Stadium on Sunday March 29th to raise funds for local charities including Liverpool FC Foundation, Claire House children’s hospice, Positive Futures, Centre 56 and Alder Hey Hospital.

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Barbara Kay

The ladies of Kirkham and Rural Fylde Tangent Club are full to the brim with generosity – and hats. Words by Rebekka O’Grady

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Celebrity Interviews

Monday, April 6, 2015

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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Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole has come a long way from his days as a builder but he’s hoping to raise the roof when he returns to the spiritual home of dancing next month.

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Rae Morris

22-year-old releases her debut album

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