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The Lancashire Archive is celebrates its 75th birthday.

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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Alex Curran arriving at a Bistro in Birkdale to meet her husband, Steven Gerrard for lunch

What the locals really think of Birkdale

This bustling coastal community is stepping out of the shadow of Southport with an interesting array of independent traders and friendly service, writes Rebekka O’Grady

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Toby Green

Toby Green - Rochdale AFC’s inspirational young winger

This remarkable boy hasn’t let anything stop him making a name for himself as a dazzling winger, writes Roger Borrell

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Model aliens

Are UFO’s set to land in St Annes?

He’s seen UFOs twice already and now Sam Wright is hoping a paranormal conference this month will shed more light on the mysteries of the universe

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Windermere by Sean Nolan

Why the Lake District is appealing to the Chinese tourism market

China’s vast middle class is about to overtake the Japanese in the desire to sample Lakeland’s delights, writes Mike Glover

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Weddings

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.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - February 2015

If you married recently and would like your photograph published in Lancashire Life, why not send us a picture?

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Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park  Fashion Show - photo Ian Southerin

10 things to do at Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park

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.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - December 2014

If you married recently and would like your photograph published in Lancashire Life, why not send us a picture?

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Wales and Doran - Taking place at Clitheroe Castle, the pastel themed wedding of Lynsey Katherine Wales and Philip Edward Doran had everything from bunting, a dog and a vintage bus. The Bride is the daughter of Pamela and Bernard Wales of Salesbury, and the groom is the son of the late Florence and Hugh Doran of Accrington. Lynsey, who is a marketing coordinator, wore a traditional shoulder less dress with a vintage necklace and trainer boots. The groom, who is a textile engineer, also had his two sons Simon Sam and Leo Doran present at the wedding. The couple, who live in Clitheroe, enjoyed a reception at Whalley Golf Club before enjoying a honeymoon in Berlin.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - November 2014

If you married recently and would like your photograph published in Lancashire Life, why not send us a picture?

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Nuttall and Maskell - The wedding of Emma Nuttall, daughter of Terry and Beverley Nuttall, and Ricky Maskell, son of Philip and Valerie Maskell took place at Mitton Hall, Whalley, followed by a wedding breakfast at the same venue. The bride, a primary school teacher, and the groom, an aerospace project manager, took a mini-moon in Venice before heading off on their honeymoon in the summer to Tanzania and the Seychelles.

Lancashire Life Reader Wedding Gallery - October 2014

If you married recently and would like your photograph published in Lancashire Life, why not send us a picture?

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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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Social Events

Danielle Hughes, Claire Warner, Chris Chambers, Ruth Griffiths

Foodies flock to the Albert Dock Crawl in Liverpool

Food lovers and writers were among the 60 guests treated to a foodie ‘crawl’ around some of Liverpool city centre’s liveliest eateries.

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John and Barbara Barrett with Chris and Ron Brownlow

Strictly Cruising Sail-Away Ball, Imperial Hotel, Blackpool

Guests danced the night away at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, for the Strictly Cruising Sail-Away Ball.

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Lesley Pendergest,  Melanie Shea,  Sonia Ward and Hayley Holdart

North West Pride Awards fundraiser, Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green

More than £20,000 was raised to stage the North West Pride Awards, which will celebrate the achievements of outstanding and inspirational individuals from across the region. Children, young people, adults and professionals from all backgrounds will be recognised and rewarded for their courage, bravery and remarkable contribution at a special ceremony in November.

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The choir of Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy

The Education Sunday Service, St George’s Church, Chorley.

A celebration of the men and women working in the region’s schools was held at St George’s Church in Chorley. The Education Sunday Service took as its theme the transforming power of the Christian Gospel and of Christian education. The event , aimed at professionals and volunteers, highlighted the commitment and hard work of school governors.

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The Northern Design Awards at the Devonshire Dome

Stuart Frazer scoops double win at the 2014 Northern Design Awards

The awe-inspiring surroundings of Buxton’s iconic Devonshire Dome proved a fitting setting for the 12th annual Northern Design awards.

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Janine and Howard Farrall with Carys Green

The Confederation of Passenger Transport North West annual dinner dance, Southport Theatre

The Confederation of Passenger Transport North West held its annual dinner dance at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre. Organised by Sue Mullen, the theme this year was rock and roll.

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Lancashire Women in Business Luncheon - Mitton Hall

Lancashire Women in Business Luncheon - Mitton Hall

Influential women from across Lancashire and the south Lakes were guests of Lancashire Life and Mitton Hall, one of the north’s most picturesque hotels and wedding destinations.

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Liz Reddy, Elizabeth Rojas, Richard Fradley and Beth Wynne

Lytham Hall Masked Ball raises over £10,000

Lytham Hall Masked Ball was the most successful so far with 220 guests attending. They got into the spirit of the evening with wonderful masks and great generosity. The organisers expect to have raised over £10,000 towards the hall’s restoration.

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Celebrity Interviews

Shobna Gulati credit Rachel Joseph

Shobna Gulati - why Oldham is special to me

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

Strictly star Brendan Cole looking forward to Blackpool return

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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Elkie Brooks

Elkie Brooks - Manchester’s evergreen rock chick turns 70

Elkie Brooks marks her 70th birthday this month by returning to her Lancashire roots.She reveals to Paul Taylor a family split that may explain her musical talent

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Jo has now had 51 novels published

Best selling author Josephine Cox on growing up in Blackburn and her dreams of writing sci-fi

An author who has sold 20 million books talks about her new novel and the thrill of being described as a modern day Dickens. Roger Borrell reports

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Education

Oakhill College

Oakhill College

Oakhill is an Independent Catholic day school for boys and girls from 0 to 16 years, which warmly welcomes all faiths.

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Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst is an independent co-education boarding and day school in Clitheroe

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Caitlin Duckett (15) and Tomina Kirkman (16) working with a drill

The girls from Bolton School are bucking the national trend in science

Science is still seen as a subject for boys but we visit one school where girls are certainly making their mark

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LAN Jan15 Ballet school

Stonyhurst Ballerina students release 2015 calendar to raise funds for charity

A charity calendar featuring dance students at Stonyhurst College will help to provide local youngsters with much-needed holidays

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Holmeswood Methodist School Gardening comp winners with head teacher, Mr Relph Higson

Lancashire Life Garden of the Year 2014 competition - the winners revealed

With a number of gardening accolades already under their belts, Holmeswood Methodist Primary can now add the title of Lancashire Life School Garden of the Year

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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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