Nostalgia: Lancaster officer’s diary from Japanese prisoner of war camp

New book tells story of Lancaster officer’s tune held in a notorious Japanese prisoner of war camp.

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Col Cary Owtram digging up his wartime diary in 1945

Lancashire soldier's hell on the River Kwai

During the Second World War Colonel Cary Owtram OBE was held in Chungkai Japanese Prisoner of War Camp, on the infamous river Kwai.


When TV and movie cameras put Blackpool in spotlight

Blackpool has been the focus of the screen – both big and small – many times over the last century, and more.

Diana Vickers is to star in Son Of A Preacher Man

Diana has the look of love for new musical role

X Factor singer Diana Vickers is to star in new Dusty Springfield musical Son Of A Preacher Man, which comes to Blackpool next year.

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The South Lancashire Regiment Queen Beach D-Day

A project "Recalling the Ironsides" has been set-up to seek out the stories of D-Day veterans

"Recalling the Ironsides" historians appeal for South Lancashire D-Day veterans

The search is on to help unearth real life stories of some of history’s forgotten Lancashire war heroes.
Billy Hughes, of Preston, who killed four people at Pottery Cottage in 1977

‘The bullet just bounced off his head and made him more wild’

Within 20th century crime there are few killers so brutal as Preston-born Billy Hughes.

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Les Dawson at the Radio Wave launch, in 1992.

Marking a quarter century on the airwaves

It’s now 25 years since the Fylde coast’s first radio station, Radio Wave, took to the air.

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A memorial could be put up close to Thornton library

Councillors ready to walk out over 100-year old tragedy

Councillors are set to stage a walkout as they honour the memory of a Thornton man sent to his death in the First World War.

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The Tower was built in the 1970s and move to Morecambe in 1998

Space Tower set to come crashing back to earth

It’s the end of the road for a landmark that was once Blackpool’s other tower.

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Postcard sent in 1955 FINALLY arrives in Garstang - 62 years late

Garstang resident Lynn Harter was delighted to receive a birthday postcard only to be left puzzled after discovering it was nearly 62 years late.
Fred Gornall off to his wedding in a car from his garage. He is in the centre of the back row, his wife Elizabeth back right, another Gornall, Albert, is driving

Lancashire's family of madcap inventors

For more than a century, generations of inventors hailed from one Lancashire family. John Grimbaldeston reports on the talented Gornalls of Pilling

Grunge lost a legend in this year

1994: A look back at the big stories

This week in 1994, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died in a New-York City hospital four days after suffering a stroke. He was 81.
Flags flew above North Pier as the heavily-clothed crowds thronged on either side of Blackpool promenade in this turn of the century view. Landaus and trams dominated and not a car - or a traffic light in sight! It's also hard to find a single person not wearing some kind of headgear.
Blackpool historical / 1905/06

North Pier throughout the ages

This collection of archive photographs shows one of Blackpool’s most iconic attractions during the last two centuries.

The war memorial at Thornton

Search of for relatives of tragic soldier who inspired last-ditch protest

A search has been launched for relatives of a tragic soldier who was sent off to war in the face of a desperate last ditch protest.

One of Garstang's best known residents, journalist Pat Seed, founded the Pat Seed Appeal which for many years became one of the best known charities in Britain.

Forty years on: The Pat Seed Fund remembered

She was one in a million - and touched the hearts of the nation with her courage, determination and tenacity.
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Frank Sinatra - mobbed in '50s  in Blackpool

“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.”

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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.

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