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Mon, 17:33

They represent the future of our region - the young men and women who are the business and entertainment stars of tomorrow

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Ribble Valley
Nelson's Town Cryer, wearing an elaborate top hat

Our resident historian Dr Derek J Ripley gives his tips for making November 27 go with a swing

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Josie Cerise

Josie Cerise has realised her childhood of performing on stage, but it hasn’t been an easy journey, as Rob Gemmell found out

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Flash and Katy herding sheep

‘My dogs are my mates. I’ve been married four times and I’d rather have a puppy than a man. And I’m not joking,’

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Matthew Hunt as Musical Ruth in Poulton town centre

He got a resounding thumbs down from the Britain’s Got Talent judges but Musical Ruth is still on song in his home town. Words by Paul Mackenzie

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Julie Whalley

Julie Whalley swapped an army career for organising and helping some of the county’s leading lights in the food industry. Sue Riley reports

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Lancashire Food
The new High Sheriff with her shield

Amanda Parker may fill an ancient role but her support for the homeless and victims of abuse means she brings a contemporary edge to the job, writes Julie Frankland

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Annie Garnett - A woman who wove wonders

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Annie Garnett, by unknown artist, 1904, Lakeland Arts Trust

One of the first true northern female entrepreneurs was a relatively unsung designer, astute businesswoman and fabric expert called Annie Garnett. Silverwoods consultant Jacquie Fairburn reports

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Twenty years ago Gorton Monastery was derelict and crumbling but an incredible transformation is almost complete, writes Paul Mackenzie.

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Models Estella and Laura. Props and parasols by Itsy BItsy Vintage.

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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Social Events

Thu, 12:00

The Friends of Rossall School at Fleetwood hosted a black tie ball at The Village Urban Resort, Blackpool, in support of Brian’s House Children’s Hospice.

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Maxine Bank-Lyon, Rodney Bank-Lyon, Jasmin Bank-Lyon and Alexander Peck

Lancaster-based luxury jewellery and watch retailer, Banks Lyon, is the only UK stockist offering a limited edition watch from Chopard.

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Liz Wells, Gwen Clarke, Jackie Smith and Cris Gallagher

Help Beat Cancer organised a fundraising event at The Villa, Wrea Green. The dinner raised £3,000 for Cancer Research UK and all money goes to help fund research in the north west - mainly for the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research next door to The Christie in Manchester. The group organise several fundraising events throughout the year and have so far raised over £28,000.

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A group from the class of 1963

More than 1,000 alumni returned to Bolton School for a Grand Reunion Weekend, part of the anniversary celebrations, which are being held this year to commemorate the centenary of the Bolton School Foundation, and in 2016 to mark the 500th anniversary of education in Bolton.

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Emma Kelso, Chloe Hargreaves, Alaina Roberts, Alicia Molyneux and Michelle Gibbs

The Titanic hotel in Liverpool hosted a charity event in aid of raising money and awareness of children’s hospice, Derian House.

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Torie Wilson was awarded second in her class with her Jersey Maiden Heifer, Hailstone Excitation Jess

A new record of attendance was set at this year’s Westmorland Show

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Pure Leisure Group owner John Morphet, Debbie Rush (Coronation Streets Anna Windass), Nigel Wimpenny, Jennie McAlpine (Fizz Brown), Anthony Cotton (Sean Tully) and Mark Jenkins, star of C4s The Hotel.

Soap stars joined around 250 guests to raise £30,000 at a charity ball held by Pure Leisure Group.

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Sue Nicholson, Mary Birley and Vicki Harvey

As the WI celebrates its centenary this year, it was agreed that an extra special party was in order.

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Celebrity Interviews

Monday, October 5, 2015

Millions tune in to see the Queen of Baking share her culinary wisdom each week on The Great British Bake Off – but how much do you really know about judge and food writer Mary Berry?

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Olivia Cooke - from Oldham to Hollywood

Friday, October 2, 2015
Olivia in Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

She may not be a household name yet but that’s likely to change soon as Olivia Cooke continues her meteoric rise to fame

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Ranvir Singh  - Image: Justin Grainge Photos@graingepho

Ranvir Singh’s role as a broadcaster has brought her great success but it hasn’t all been plain sailing, writes Mairead Mahon

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Piers Linney

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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