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Ray, fourth from left in the tie, with friends during his time in Wales

WWII evacuee Ray Evans reflects on the 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper

This month marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper which saw more than 3.5million people evacuated from cities around Britain to escape German bombs. Six-year-old Ray Evans was one of them and this is his story

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Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy, Dr Sheila Kanani (Technology Award Winner) and Diane Modahl

Preston teacher Sheila Kanani wins Inspiring Women Technology Award

A teacher from Preston with a soaring ambition to go into space wins an Inspiring Women Award, supported by Lancashire Life

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Barbara Richardson

Meet Barbara Richardson - a woman on the fracking front line

Barbara Richardson was looking forward to a quiet life in the country until the frackers arrived. This is her story

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These posters attracted the custard cream of Lancashire society

Dr Derek J Ripley on the shameful past of the Lancashire freak show

Now that we have access to 24 hour TV channels - and thanks in no small part to wall-to-wall reality shows like Biggins’ Brother and I’m Famous, Put A Wasp In My Mouth - the public has become almost immune to ghastly sights and disturbing celebrities. But it was not always thus.

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Grace Wood with Chloe

Leyland’s Grace Wood is hoping to trot to victory at this year’s Horse of the Year Show

For eight-year-old Grace Wood, it is a huge achievement to have qualified for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show staged in Birmingham during October.

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Weddings

Sharples and Smith - Joanne Sharples, daughter of Ian and Linda Sharples, and Brent Smith, son of Warren and Sue Smith were married at St.Annes Parish Church, St.Annes on Sea. The ceremony was followed by a wedding breakfast and evening reception at Singleton Lodge, Poulton-Le-Fylde. The couple honeymooned in Cuba.

Lancashire Life Wedding Gallery - August 2014

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

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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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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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Social Events

Janet and Chris McGrath, Robert Struttman, Lisa Sergeant, Nigel and Amanda Richardson with Claire and Chris Reynolds

The Legacy Rainbow House 2014 summer ball, Formby Hall

The Legacy Rainbow House hosted a successful summer ball at Formby Hall.

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Organisers: Charlie Mullin, Jenny Brady and Charlotte Emerson

Liverpool John Moores University Nursing Graduates Ball

Around 100 graduates from the Bsc Adult Nursing, Bsc Child Nursing and Bsc Mental Health Nursing courses at the Liverpool John Moores University celebrated the end of their studies with a stylish black tie ball.

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James Rebanks from Cumbria was awarded the Land Rover and the Prince's Countryside Fund. His Freelander 2 enables him to support the rural community.

The Herdwick Sheep School get mobile

Lakeland farmer James Rebanks now has a vehicle to help on his Herdwick farm

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Local lad Wayne Hemingway

Wayne Hemingway: Why I’m getting involved in Blackburn is Open

In his first exclusive new column style guru Wayne Hemingway explains how and why he is giving something back to Blackburn

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Chorley Pink Panthers

Meet the Pink Panthers - Chorley’s female rugby team

Rolling around in the mud might not be every woman’s dream, but it’s all part of the fun for the Chorley Pink Panthers. Roger Borrell reports

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Lee Stoller, Neil Boothby, and Anthony Smith

Poaka Beck Restaurant launch party, Chequers Hotel, Dalton-in-Furness

Guests were given the chance to experience the food, service and ambience of the recently-launched Poaka Beck Restaurant at the Chequers Hotel in Dalton-in-Furness.

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Blossom and Shine Fashion Show

Blossom and Shine fashion Show, Ormskirk School

Students and some of their teachers from Ormskirk School took to the catwalk as part of a show called Blossom and Shine, which was written and directed by mentor Hayley Coggins as a way of boosting pupils’ self-esteem and raising money for charity.

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Ethan Carroll, Harriet Shepherd, Danny Fitzgerald, Rhianna Hughes, Matt Radley, Helen Finn, Ivo Carre and Emma Dean

Stonyhurst College 2014 Rhetoric Ball

Stonyhurst College’s Great Academies programme of events for 2014 was brought to a close with the Rhetoric Ball, held at Stonyhurst.

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Celebrity Interviews

Prof Brian Cox with a display from the Collider exhibition at MOSI

Professor Brian Cox on his northern life and his love of science

TV star talks about life, the universe and everything.

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Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton on life after Blue Peter and growing up in Appleby

Dare-devil television presenter Helen Skelton has settled for a slightly quieter life in Manchester. Tony Greenway talks to her

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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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Education

Jacqueline Hughes-Lundy, Dr Sheila Kanani (Technology Award Winner) and Diane Modahl

Preston teacher Sheila Kanani wins Inspiring Women Technology Award

A teacher from Preston with a soaring ambition to go into space wins an Inspiring Women Award, supported by Lancashire Life

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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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People Showcase

Opus Wealth Management Ltd

Wow ! – lots more flexibility for Pensions

Retirement is often said to be ‘the longest holiday of your life’. I don’t know about you, but when I go on holiday I like it to be a bit more special than the usual daily grind – so I know that holiday time is going to be a bit more expensive than day-to-day living.

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Opus Wealth Management Ltd

Do You Need a Financial Health check?

Planning your finances and making the most of your money have never been more important. Whether you are about to start drawing on your pension benefits, have just inherited some money, or are selling your business; taking professional and impartial advice is crucial.

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