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David Bland moving the flock at West Head, Thirlmere

Land Keepers - photography of life on the Lakeland fells

A touring exhibition of striking images records the lives of the farmers who keep our uplands alive. Mike Glover reports

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A map of Lancashire in the 17th century (courtesy Lancashire County Council)

Dr Derek J Ripley on Lancashire’s ever changing boundaries

Our resident historian Dr Derek J Ripley uses a map to chart our history and manages to get hopelessly lost

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Percy Kelly

Percy Kelly - painter, cross-dresser and footballer

The outstanding work of this remarkable artist is finally commemorated

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Isla Wilson of Ruby Star Associates, Jane Halpin and Denise Armer of Unique Kidz & Co and Heather Waters of headline sponsor, NatWest, pictured last year

Nominations open for 2014 Lancashire EVAs

The hunt is on for the county’s top businesswomen in a glittering awards night supported by Lancashire Life

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Dry stone wall became a more regular sight in our landscape after the Enclosure Act

Dry Stone Walls - an integral part of the British countryside

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is aiming to save the dry stone wall and help the rural economy. Roger Borrell reports

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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

Napkins thrown in the air at the end of a rendition of Land of Hope and Glory

Broughton House inaugural Gala Dinner, Midland Hotel, Manchester

Broughton House, care home for ex-servicemen and women, held its inaugural Gala Dinner at The Midland Hotel, Manchester. The evening, compered by Granada Television’s Paul Crone, featured entertainment from the Lancashire Fusiliers band and Dominic Halpin and the Honey Bs.

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Magician entertains the guests during the evening

Blackburn Drama Club 70th anniversary party, Astley Bank Hotel, Darwen

Blackburn Drama Club celebrated their 70th anniversary at Astley Bank Hotel, Darwen. Members enjoyed an evening of guest speakers and entertainment, complete with a silent auction in aid of East Lancashire Hospice.

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Manchester Theatre Awards

2013 Manchester Theatre Awards - the winners revealed

Stars from across the region gathered at the Royal Exchange Theatre to hear who had won an ‘Oscar’ in the region’s top theatre awards

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The Wilson family, Stuart,  Karen,  Dean,  Faye and Ryan

Lancashire Life Luncheon - The Olive Tree Brasserie, Lytham St Annes

Sunshine and delicious dishes of sustainable fish warm guests at Lancashire Life’s April luncheon, writes Rebekka O’Grady

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Paula Riley, Louise Cooper and Linzi Byrne

Kids in Rossendale - a new charity that aims to help disadvantaged children

A new micro-charity based in Crawshawbooth is aiming to help disadvantaged children across Rossendale

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Showgirls, Georgina Butler and Jordana Armstead

Blackpool Carers’ Centre Vegas-style charity ball, Imperial Hotel, Blackpool

A glittering Vegas-style charity ball was held at the Imperial Hotel on Blackpool Promenade. The Blackpool Carers’ Centre fourth annual ball raised £8,054 for the charity.

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Richard and Judy onstage

Richard and Judy raise funds for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan returned to their former home city when they hosted a glittering event at the Hilton Hotel in aid of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

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Nicola Denley, Louise Harrison, David Collett, Sarah Royle and Jessica Scott

Black Tie & Diamonds gala evening in aid of the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund and Cancer Research

More than £8,000 was raised for the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund and Cancer Research by 300 generous supporters who staged a Black Tie & Diamonds gala evening at the Woodlands Suite at Ribby Hall Village.

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Celebrity Interviews

Lisa Stansfield

Lisa Stansfield - why I shed a tear for Rochdale

Lisa Stansfield tells Paul Taylor about her return to the pop fray and why she shed a tear for her home town

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Mike McCartney

Mike McCartney on his Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll...I Wish! tour

He’s been a pop star, a photographer and the man who calls Sir Paul McCartney ‘Our Kid’. Now Mike McCartney sets out on tour to talk about his extraordinary life

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Ray Quinn

Dancing On Ice star Ray Quinn on married life and his Liverpool childhood

Former X Factor star Ray Quinn tells how he wants to grow old in showbiz, just like another Scouse star

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Philippa James and Marco Pierre White

Philippa James meets Marco Pierre White

Our food writer Philippa James gets to grips with the enfant terrible of cuisine

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LVE Nov13 Celebrity Natasha Hamilton

Celebrity Interview - Natasha Hamilton

She’s been broken-hearted but Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton is bouncing back and thrilled to be embarking on a new chapter in her life

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Education

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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The Gardeners

Balshaw High in Leyland win 2013 Lancashire Life School Garden of the Year

A tragic accident led to the creation of a green oasis which has secured the title Lancashire Life School Garden of the Year, writes Roger Borrell

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Look beyond the brochures to find out just how to choose the best school for your child

How to choose the best school for your child

Choosing a school for a child is such an exciting time for everyone. Gone are the days when parents would be forced to frogmarch their offspring to the lacklustre junior school or bad reputation comprehensive now there’s choice - plenty of it, from glossy prospectuses to smart websites - and that in itself can make the choice a little overwhelming.

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