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“It was a very good year” with ol’ Blue Eyes

One of Ken Dodd’s bits of doggerel is “Woman is fickle, give her a tickle. . .”

Tessie O'Shea painting in the garden "Rose Cottage" her home in Poulton, in 1945

Historic season at stunning resort venue

This week on the telly I heard yet another broadcaster refer to “the Blackpool pier.”

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Joseph Blackburn should never have been sent to war

Death of a conscript who should never have gone to war

Joseph Blackburn was tragically sent to war despite twice being exempted from military service, writes David Hewitt

Josef Locke.

Fascinating story of colourful favourite

“The world is full of grey people. Josef Locke was multi-coloured.”

A packed dancefloor in the Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom in 1948.

Can you help get notes in the right order?

Thanks For the Memory would be a good name for a project at Blackpool’s Central Library.

A view toward Tignes Le Lac.

Travel: Scaling the heights and slopes in beautiful Tignes

I edge out onto the Grande Motte glacier, looking out over dozens of gleaming, snow-covered mountains at more than 3,100 metres.

Rachel Allen.

Food and Drink: Rachel Allen says food evokes such memories

The world might just latching on to an idealised Nordic way of life, but chef Rachel Allen has long been fully conversed in it.

Dora Bryan, at the Grand Theatre, in 1982

From cheeky comedy to the kitchen sink

Newspapers call them “flashbacks” – the paragraphs about events from the past, usually from 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago.

Singer Josef Locke

Infamous singer who made hits, court appearances and headlines

Josef Locke had a charismatic personality and was a huge success but no stranger to controversy.


How fitness shaped up in resort in years gone-by

Blackpool has just hosted the annual, popular International Fitness Showcase at the Winter Gardens, where instructors, fitness professionals and exercise fanatics get together for a weekend of sweat and the all the latest training trends.

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Armenian Kebab House, Blackpool

Lancashire recommends... places for a kebab

Readers have voted. Here is where is best to get your doner kebabs.

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Ribby Hall recipe. Smoked haddock and spinach kedgeree

RECIPE: Smoked haddock and spinach kedgeree

Michael Noonan, head chef at The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village, has enjoyed an illustrious career, including working at the Sydney Opera House.

Josh and Emily Hocking

Cheers from wedding guests after door dilemma makes Emily and Josh's day

When Emily Baldwin arrived at church for her grand wedding entrance, the doors wouldn’t open and she found herself locked outside!

Park boss planning tranquil spot amid thrills and spills of new £16.25m rollercoaster

Pleasure Beach boss Amanda Thompson has revealed her vision to bring a little tranquility to the lives of thrill-seekers when the park’s groundbreaking new ride opens.
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A misty view of Lake Windemere from Waterhead

Travel review: The Waterhead Hotel, Ambleside

A good hotel should be a treat, and the Waterhead Hotel at the top of Lake Windermere in Ambleside always manages to live up to both parts of that equation.


Where are the best kebab houses in Lancashire?

Which take-aways or restaurants cook a tasty doner?

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Christine's big moment

Strictly fan gets to dance with show winner in Blackpool

A Strictly Come Dancing super-fan had the surprise of her life when 2016 champion Ore Oduba arrived to dance with her at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom.

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Queen Vic Fish and Chips

Lancashire recommends.... fish and chip shops

Readers have voted. Here are the top fish and chip shops in Lancashire.
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The Air Officer Commanding No 12 Group Fighter Command, Air vice-marshal W J Crisham, CBE inspected the Western sector operations centre and the air traffic control unit at RAF Warton.
Here he is seen inspecting the parade.
With him is Flight Lieut WAE Herbert, DFC and Squadron leader KJ Plested, AFC, AFM

Flying back in time to the 50s and Warton’s days as an RAF station

Today it’s the home of BAE on the Fylde coast.

From left,  Louisa Goddard, Isabella Dean, Ellie Turner and Jacob Ward

Tree-mendous gift is really ap-peeling

These schoolchildren certainly know their onions... and their potatoes, strawberries, peas and cauliflowers.

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