Olympic great conquered the world from a farm in Lancashire

With Great Britain enjoying a gold rush at the Rio Olympics it seems long time since the 1968 games when the nation collected just 13 medals. Among the few success stories of the Mexico games was Lancastrian Bob Braithwaite. Louise Busfield reports.

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Sarah Ann Austin after being christened by Duke of Kent, Blackpool lifeboat

Historical pictures of the fourth emergency service

Recent BBC One TV series Saving Lives At Sea featured the vital work of the RNLI in Blackpool.

Fleetwood Pier fire historical

In pictures - the devastating blaze which struck Fleetwood Pier in the 50s

The catastrophic fire which engulfed Fleetwood Pier in 1952 was so fierce it was reportedly seen up to 20 miles away, in Barrow, across Morecambe Bay. These incredible archive pictures show various stages of the blaze.

The Experimental Aircraft Programme - Britain's last manned aircraft Demonstrator - the precursor of the Eurofighter Typhoon

Meet those magnificent men and their trailblazing flying machine

This week marked 30 years since the first prototype of the Eurofighter Typhoon took to the skies.

Judging at the 1981 Royal Lancashire Show

Roll up, roll up for the greatest show in the county calendar

The Royal Lancashire Show was traditionally the centrepiece of the county’s summer season of agricultural gatherings. In the third and final part of his series looking at the history of the county’s farming shows John Grimbaldeston looks at how the event became established in local life.

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It looks like a struggle for this little lad trying to persuade his calf to move it at the 1984 Royal Lancashire Show

History of the Royal Lancashire Show

The Royal Lancashire Show gets underway today, John Grimbaldeston looks at how the event became established in local life.


Day Eurofighter first took flight

It is 30 years ago today since the prototype of the Eurofighter first took to Lancashire’s skies.
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Garstang Show in 1978

History of the Garstang Show

Garstang Show has been a highlight of Lancashire’s life for more than 200 years, John Grimbaldeston looks back at the event’s early years.
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The Blue Room

Historic Blackpool pub granted protection from developers

A historic Blackpool pub has been granted protection from future development.

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Brian London and Muhammad Ali go toe-to-toe for boxing's world heavyweight title

Night Muhammad Ali fought Lancashire's finest

August 6 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous boxing matches to involve a Lancashire fighter when Brian London fought Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title

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The majestic North Euston Hotel

Lesser-known facts about port’s military history

A recent nostalgia page sparked reader Malcolm Clegg to get in touch with some interesting facts about the port’s history.

ABC Cinema, Blackpool.

Blackpool’s lost buildings

On the week of the Layton Flats demolition, we take a look back at other Blackpool landmarks which have been lost forever.

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Blackpool’s skyline of the future to become part of history

With last standing high rise flats in Layton about to tumble, here’s a look back at these iconic landmarks.

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Hot Ice in 1948. Pics courtesy of the Pleasure Beach Blackpool

N-icely does it as skate show marks 80 years

It could be described as the coolest show in Blackpool.

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The re-dedication of Chorley's war memorial in Astley Park, Chorley.
Picture by Stuart Clewlow

Lancashire remembers Somme heroes

Lancashire paid tribute to the men who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years ago.

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Preston Pals parade on the town's Flag Market before heading off to war

Battalions saw pals fight and die side by side at the Somme

Pals battalions were a uniquely British phenomenon.
A German prisoner helps wounded British soldiers back from the front near Poziers on July 19, including Private RG Wood of 8th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, second right

High price Lancashire paid at the Battle of the Somme

The Somme. The name of a river in France and two words which should forever be burned deep into British consciousness.
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Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, parading at the White City trench  for the attack on Beaumont Hamel on July 1 1916.

Soldier's first hand account of the trauma of the Somme

Captain Page was in one of the support trenches behind the British front line between the villages of Serre and Beaumont Hamel when the great attack started at 7.30 am on July 1, 1916.
Lizzie Livesey's diary and her brother Matthew's medals

Woman who immortalised a search for her brother’s grave in the Somme

Matthew Livesey was excited, yet apprehensive about fighting in the First World War.
Lance Corporal Richard Coupe, of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Journey from America to the Somme to trace the uncle who made ultimate sacrifice

May, 2016 the High Wood, near Longuval, France: “This is it,” my brother William exclaimed, “he died somewhere near here,” he added. “I’ll place the stone just over the barbed wire and into the trees a little ways.”
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