From motorbikes to spitfires

Fylde veteran John Hare was among several alumni to join the AKS service of remembrance, but the only person who still remembers some of the school’s pupils listed on the war memorial.

Early 20th century Preston entertainer Eugene Earle

Musician immortalised at port

John Eugene Richards Earle was born around 1878, possibly in South Wales, though his origins are difficult to trace.

Camels on the beach at Blackpool, 1896

Stunning shots of resort in the roaring Twenties

These delightful old photographs found in The Gazette archives show Blackpool around the time it was becoming an increasingly popular and growing holiday destination.

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The Criscilla

One of the port’s biggest ships

Tomorrow marks 50 years since the maiden voyage of what was once Fleetwood’s biggest trawler.

Lancashire Day

Get ready for Lancashire Day

We are of course proud to be Lancastrians - so there is plenty to celebrate on Lancashire Day.
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Entertainer Eugene Earle

Entertainer who took on a lion armed only with a banjo

Global minstrel, radio pioneer and multi-talented musician Eugene Earle became a household name in Lancashire during the first half of the last century. Here John Grimbaldeston relives his extraordinary life
The windmill between South Pier and Central Pier ( close to the Manchester Hotel) is battered by the stormy sea in 1951 historical

The ferocious power of nature

Fleetwood residents will already be familiar with the port’s worst ever storm.

Passer-by Linda Firth takes a closer look at this replica bus in St Annes in April 1983

On the buses: vintage vehicles

Jump on-board for a journey through history, with the buses of times gone-by.

A section of the staff at work at the Premium Bonds Headquarters, Moorland Road, St Annes as "Ernie"  celebrated his 4th birthday. Dated 25/10/1960

Six decades on, Ernie’s still churning out the numbers

Premium bonds celebrated their 60th birthday this week – and it all started in St Annes.

The Beatles in Blackpool ahead of their appearance at the Opera House on August 16, 1964

Day The Beatles played in a front room in Lancashire

Lancashire author Richard Houghton's new book captures the memories of Beatles fans who saw the Fab Four play live. Here he shares memories of concerts in the Red Rose county.

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Reverend Paul Critchley playing the role of  Rev (Maj) Christopher Chavasse in Brothers in Arms multimedia production

Inspired Reverend follows in the footsteps of soldiers for milestone

Turning 40 brings with it new life challenges but for Reverend Paul Critchley it was an emotional and gruelling test as he lined up with a group of adventurers to walk 100km of the Western Front from France to Belgium raising funds for soldiers and their families.

Rockets The Who pictured in their early days

Searching for fans of The Who

Legendary rockers The Who played gigs right across Lancashire on their rise to global stardom in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Now author Richard Houghton is looking for fans who saw the band play in the early days to share their memories for a new book.
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Bill and Dorothy Thompson travelled together on a train to Edinburgh recently to revisit where they met 70 years ago

Romantic visit back to where it all began

When Dorothy Thompson used to travel to Edinburgh as a teenage clerical worker during the war she often had to sit in the luggage rack.

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St Nicholas Church, Wrea Green, 1958

Genius behind hundreds of county’s finest landmarks

You could describe him as one of the men who built Lancashire.

An old picture of Marton Library, from 1932

New lease of life for old library

This once grand-looking building had fallen into despair.

Author John A Taylor (centre), with members of the families of the original crew of the tank Deborah, at the launch of his book Deborah and the War of the Tanks 1917�. The launch is at the headquarters of the Honorable Artillary Company, London. Oscar Hoole is at the front. Pic courtesy Polly Hancock

Fascinating story of Blackpool war hero

For young Oscar Hoole, it was an unbeatable history lesson; for the first time, he was able to read about the exploits of his great-great grandfather, a soldier from Blackpool who commanded one of the most celebrated British tanks in an historic First World War battle.

Lord Derby, Frank Holgate and Herbert Grime

Popular head who proved to be the right man for the job

Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1966, one of the giants of Blackpool education retired.

Johnny Hart on stage in Las Vegas

Showman's journey from school hall to Las Vegas

Magician Johnny Hart went from entertaining classmates at school in Preston to performing on the primetime Ed Sullivan television in America. Author Steve Short is researching his extraordinary career for a new biography of the Las Vegas showman

A 1963 4 door saloon Morris Minor which is touring the UK

Why this cult classic still rules the roads

Forty five years after the last Morris Minor rolled off the production line the car remains a cult classic loved by motorists everywhere . Steve Rose, secretary of the Lancashire branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club, explains the enduring passion of the icon of the road.
Lord Wimarleigh - John Wilson-Patten

Parishioners unravel history of Winmarleigh’s first and last Lord

It started out as a village celebration. This year marks 140 years since St Luke’s Church in Winmarleigh was consecrated in 1876.

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