The story behind two historic Blackpool villas

150-year-old tales of intrigue surround a pair of elegant homes built on South Shore’s Lytham Road.

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The majestic North Euston Hotel was originally commissioned and paid for by Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood at a cost of nearly �30,000. 
Designed by the London architect Decimus Burton, it got is name from the fact that at the time travellers from London to Scotland could only get a train as far as Fleetwood and had to catch a boat to Ardrossan. The hotel opened in 1841. At the end of the hotel was a public bath house and also a jetty (where the pier is today) for the use of hotel guests. All had been demolished before 1900. / historical / 1940s?

Without him, the port we know now would never have existed

There may not – yet – be a statue of him in Fleetwood.

Valentines Day card published in 1907. Image courtesy of

St Valentine's Day through the ages

Local historian Keith Johnson looks at how Lancastrian lovebirds celebrated St Valentine's Day in years gone by

The first Showzam! in Blackpool, 10 years ago. Pics by Barry McCann

10 years of magic, mayhem, music... and all that jazz!

This year marks the 10th year of Blackpool’s annual festival celebrating magic, variety and live performance – Showzam!

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Postcards depicting the original route of the Garstang rail line through rural Wyre

Reviving a ‘forgotten’ Lancashire rail route dream

Campaigners on track to try and restore parts of old Garstang to Knott End line

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A goods train going through Garstang station in the 1950s

All aboard Lancashire's long lost railway

Author Dave Richardson is researching a new book about life on tracks of one of Lancashire’s smallest railway lines
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The Who live on stage

Who fans talkin’ bout their generation

Fans of rockers The Who have been sharing memories of the legendary band’s Lancashire concerts with author Richard Houghton
Fairhaven Lake.
The Mawson Japanese Garden. It is thought the garden remains buried under the present landscape

The history behind a striking part of the Fylde’s heritage

It is considered to be the third oldest marine lake in Britain and it represents a very important part of the heritage of Fylde.

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Imperial Hotel, in Blackpool, pictured 9.02.72

Resort hotel with a dickens of a history

North Shore’s iconic Imperial Hotel has seen many famous faces come through its doors over its 150 year history.

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A view of the looms, at Progress Mill, in October 1953

Some ‘reel’ interesting pictures of historic Fylde textile mill at work

These wonderful pictures show a piece of Kirkham’s rich past as a mill town.

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Amy Johnson

Heroine’s disappearence a mystery 76 years on

It has long been held as one of the great mysteries from the golden age of aviation.

Site of the Second World War American army camp at Pilling as it looks today

On the farm with the American GIs

A ventilator pipe and a part of brick outhouse are all that is left of what was, for a short period of time, a bustling Second World War American army camp in the unlikeliest of places .

Image of a boat tram from Barry McLoughlin's book

Tram books on right track for nostalgia

A trio of newly published tram books is set to revive memories of 1970s Blackpool when the resort had the only surviving street tramway in the country.

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Giant Haystacks feels the wrath of Big Daddy in January 1984

Seconds away... for return of the golden days of televised wrestling

For generations of ‘World of Sport’ fans Saturday afternoon meant wrestling. Stars like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks were loved by millions. ITV has commissioned a wrestling special to air on New Year’s Eve. Wrestling commentator Greg Lambert looks back at a golden age for sports entertainment
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Crowds watch the annual procession of Father Christmas on his way to RHO Hills store in the rain, through Blackpool in 1975

Pictures of Christmas past

He’s the friendly face of Christmas. He’s loved by children everywhere and has been a festive favourite for generations of youngsters.

Fleetwood Christmas Lights Switch-on. Children from Larkholme Primary School choir singing at Fisherman's Walk.

Hitting all the high notes for the festive season in years gone-by

Tis the season for carol-singing.

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Santa Claus at a Christmas Party, in London Road Labour Club, in Preston, in 1946

Did Santa Claus visit Lancashire first?

The first recorded mention of Santa Claus in England is believed to have been in a Lancashire newspaper, Mike Hill reports

First World War  soldiers in a trench on the Western Front in France wearing paper hats from Christmas crackers

Christmas Day on the frontline of the First World War

Roland Shawcross worked as a reporter for the Lancashire Daily Post before signing up to serve in the First World War aged 19. Here is a letter written on New Year’s Eve in 1915 describing how the Preston Pals spent Christmas Day on the front in France

The Syndicate Nightclub

Memories of Blackpool’s biggest club

‘Queues round the block, bars running out of drinks and mayhem in the foyer...’

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Firefighters tackle the blaze at the fun house at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

A big bang – then a ball of fire

The Gazette’s front page the next morning led with the headline: “Night the fun died.”

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