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Sam with Ember

Meet Ember, a black Labrador Retriever working as a hearing dog

A boy’s life has been transformed by a black Labrador that couldn’t quite cut it as a guide dog for the blind. Emily Rothery reports

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Finalists from last years awards

2014 Enterprise Vision Awards receives a record number of entries

Awards to spotlight dynamic businesswomen have attracted record entries

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Ozay Goksu, Paul Moss, Sue Killoran, Fay Logan, Peter Taylor, Daniel Cuffe, Caroline Upton, Nikki Nye, Jason Cotillard, Simon Fenwick, Gemma Vaughan and Graham Floyd

Meet the team who revived the Lytham Proms

This coastal town is famous for being sedate but it is also home to a musical event attracting international attention. Emma Mayoh reports

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Awards Founder and Organiser, Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy with The 2014 Inspiring Women Award Winners; Joanne Lee (Inspiring Young Woman Award), Lorna Havercroft from Laing O'Rourke (Nurturing Female Talent), Dr Sheila Kanani (Technology Award), Jean Sant (Community Award) and Sarah Gallacher (Entrepreneur Award)

2014 Inspiring Women Awards at Manchester’s Midland Hotel

Courage, passion and enterprise...it’s all in a day’s work for the exceptional women rewarded at this year’s Inspiring Women Awards.

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At home with Tony Ball

What links Wordsworth, Grasmere and the Mini?

We take a look inside one of Lakeland’s loveliest properties and find a remarkable man living there. Roger Borrell reports

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Weddings

Miller and Machin - The wedding of Alexa Dalton Miller, daughter of Deborah Miller of Langho, and Luke Anthony Machin, son of Duncan and Anita Machin of Grimsby, took place at Mitton Hall, Whalley, followed by a reception at the same venue. The bride, a customer advisor for a bank, and the groom, a radiographer, took a mini-moon in York before returning to their home in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Lancashire Life Wedding Gallery - July 2014

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

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Sharples and Trezise - The wedding of Verity Sharples and Gavin Trezise took place at St Peter and Pauls Church, Ribchester, followed by a reception at Chipping Village Hall. The bride is the daughter of Ron and Susan Sharples of Blackburn. The groom is the son of Billy and Julie of Trezise of Blackburn. The couple honeymooned in Scotland before returning to their home in Great Harwood.

Lancashire Life Wedding Gallery - April 2014

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

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Hen party

Top tips for planning a Spring Hen Party

Organising a wedding is no mean feat, particularly if you’ve been the sole planner (come on guys, get your act together). But now that your day is almost here, it’s time to start relaxing and thinking about your hen do. Prepare yourself and your fellow hens for a hen do that you’ll never forget – here are my top tips for planning a spring hen do.

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Bride: the wedding show at Tatton Park, 2013

The top ten ways to make the most of a wedding show

Cheshire and Lancashire’s leading wedding businesses will be at Tatton Park on February 1st and 2nd to help you plan your perfect day

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Bella sweater, £159, Palace shirt, £179, and Bria slingback, £149, all from Hobbs

Wedding advice - It’s important to be true to yourself when creating a modern trousseau

You might not have a hope chest or be able to embroider your beloved’s initials on a pillowcase, but you’ve probably already begun gathering treasures for your trousseau without even realising it.

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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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Talking Point

Talking Point

Make your wedding a ‘Talking Point’

Talking Point is an ideal wedding venue for the couple that want something different,

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St Pius

St Pius X Preparatory School

St Pius X Preparatory School and Oak House Nursery

An outstanding all-round education for children from two to eleven years

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Austin Friars St Monica's

Austin Friars St Monica’s

At Austin Friars St Monica’s we are committed to the pursuit of outstanding teaching and learning and to optimising the outcomes of our students. In our learning environment where class sizes are small, academic achievement underpins all that we do, and our outstanding results speak for themselves.

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Alan Li

Alan Li

Mr Alan Li MB ChB FRCS FRCS (Gen Surg)

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Social Events

Daryn Hufton-Rees and Lawrence Wallace

BASC Young Shots compete in the Gaggeneau Bleasdale Challenge

A project being pioneered in Lancashire is turning 12 to 21-year-olds into ambassadors for countryside sports

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Organisers, Jean Horner,  Pat Owen and Val Southward

Help Beat Cancer charity event, Pines Hotel

A newly formed charity group, Help Beat Cancer, successfully held their first event at the Pines Hotel, Clayton-le-Woods. Former members of Great Eccleston and District Friends of Cancer Research UK launched their new group and raised £900 from the sale of tickets and a raffle.

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Edwin and Anne Booth

The Good Times Ball raises more than £6,500

Guests at The Good Times Ball raised more than £6,500 for the St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston and The Florence Nightingale Hospice in Stoke Mandeville.

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Mary Forshaw,  Joan McLarnon, Jean Ellis and Jo Beechey

2014 Heartbeat ladies’ luncheon, Gibbon Bridge Hotel

The annual Heartbeat ladies’ luncheon took place at Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Chipping. The themed ‘spring time in the garden’ event, which raised £7,183, was attended by over 90 and guest speaker was John Foley from Holden Clough Nursery and The Garden Kitchen, near Clitheroe.

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Beverley Turner and husband James Cracknell

Northern Cleft Foundation Bollywood Ball, The Dunkenhalgh Hotel

Prestwich-born television and radio presenter Beverley Turner and her husband, double Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell, were among more than 300 supporters who attended a Bollywood Ball which raised £27,000 for the Northern Cleft Foundation.

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Frances Singh, Dr Narendra Singh MBE and Maureen Turkington

Fence United fifth annual Fence ball

The community group of Fence United held their fifth annual Fence ball at Fence Gate Inn restaurant.

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Jenny Crouch, Kath Crouch, Laura Mason and Her Honour Judge Lunt

Ladies of Burnley Golf Club charity luncheon, Towneley Hall

Ladies of Burnley Golf Club hosted a luncheon at Towneley Hall, Burnley, to help raise funds for a local charity.

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Petra Connor, Ann Clegg and Margaret Harrison

Inner Wheel Club of Lancaster’s 75th Charter event, Midland Hotel, Morecambe

Guests gathered at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, for the Inner Wheel Club of Lancaster’s 75th Charter event.

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Celebrity Interviews

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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Rebecca Ryan at Salford Quays - Photo by Nathan Cox

Shameless star Rebecca Ryan - ‘I’d love to do something like Downton Abbey’

Rebecca Ryan doesn’t shy away from tough roles. This month she stars in Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey. Emma Mayoh reports

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Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon

Bobby Ball - Why I’m looking forward to performing at the Lowther Pavilion

Cannon and Ball celebrate 52 years in partnership with a special show in Lytham

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James Martin at his restaurant at Manchester235 Casino

Philippa James meets James Martin for the Wine Series at Manchester235

Saturday Kitchen chef on the Manchester food scene and serving Yorkshire Puddings in Lancashire

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Education

Reading together

Meet the Lancashire dogs who are helping teach children how to read

There’s a nice twist to Oliver’s visits to a Bolton primary school, as Emily Rothery reports

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Group discussions

Girls Out Loud - a groundbreaking mentoring initiative for young women

Salford-born Jane Kenyon set up Girls Out Loud after seeing a rise the numbers of in young girls in need of guidance. We chat to the lady who has inspired many girls to dare to dream.

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Tower College

Tower College

Tower College are keen to emphasise that the school is not just for the privileged few: “Everyone, regardless of their background, wants to give their child the best start in life”

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Oakhill College

Oakhill College

Oakhill is an Independent Catholic Day School for boys and girls from 0 to 16 years.

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Actor Damien Lewis with Amy Eccles, Jemma Fletcher, Rhiannon Mawby and Matthew Knowles

Wilson’s Endowed CofE Primary School at Over Kellet meet royalty and celebrities

It started off as an imaginative food project in a tiny Lancashire school and ended up with royalty in Westminster Abbey

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