Those magnificent men in their flying machines

It’s a well-known fact Blackpool hosted the UK’s first official air show, in 1909.

The Vicar of Fleetwood, the Reverend Jon McClintock (left) looks on as the Bishop of Blackburn lays the foundation stone of St. Nicholas Church in 1960

Early days of popular port church

These archive pictures show one of Fleetwood’s best-known churches in its very early stages.

Les featured on the front cover of Blackpool's summer what's on magazine in June 1984.

Laughter was always guaranteed with Les

As calls have been made for a museum to much-loved Lytham funnyman Les Dawson, we take a look back at some wonderful black-and-white archive photographs of the Fylde coast favourite.

Graphic illustration of the terrible the conditions as soldiers struggle to extract a gun from the mud during the battle at Passchendaele

Lancashire on the frontline at Passchendaele

July 31 marks 100 years since the bloodiest battle of the First World War. Author Roger Goodwin delves into the Lancashire Infantry Museum’s archives to tell the story of Lancashire’s role in one of history’s most terrible battles.
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Blackpool FC, August 1947

Kicking off memories of Blackpool FC’s glory days

To mark Blackpool Football Club turning 130 years old this week, Memory Lane has delved into the archives to find some delightful pictures of the Seasiders’ past.


We loved you, yeah, yeah, yeah

On August 2, the nation’s favourite all-Liverpool born Beatles tribute band play at Lytham Festival. The band’s friend – John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird – spoke to Jon Rhodes about why the Fylde coast has a special place in her heart.

Stephen Mercer guides a tour at the Comedy Carpet

Tour guide gets spooky on the shore

Spooky stories from Blackpool’s past are once more on the map for summer.

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Elsie and Jim Clark

Inskip and Hambleton couple Elsie and Jim celebrate platinum anniversary

As Jim and Elsie Clark’s paths crossed many times, it was the sight of Elsie on stage that marked the start of a great love story.

Stuart Bastik and Maddi Nicholson, co-directors of Art Gene and lead artists on the Coastal Explorers project

Your thoughts wanted on our coast’s delights

A £22,000 community project to promote the coast and its protection in the Fylde community will get under way this on Saturday with a drop-in refreshment session.

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Judith Hunter inside the big wheel car

Step inside a piece of resort history

From a distance Judith Hunter’s house looks just like any other.

The final part of the Polo Tower demolition in Morecambe. Picture by David Hodgson.

Time capsule hidden under Morecambe’s Polo Tower

Here is some more on the time capsule buried in the foundations of the Polo Tower.

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Interior of the hospital hut at Wampo on the Burma-Thailand Railway

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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