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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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By Jove, how well do you know WWII slang terms?

Anybody paying attention to the debate over Britain’s membership of the European Union may have noticed the main players referencing the Second World War with the hopes of swinging patriotic voters to their side of the debate.

Junior United Alpine Club

Following in the footsteps of the first Alpine holiday party

Research by local historians Brenda Fox and Denis Jones has revealed two adventurous sisters from 19th century Garstang were among a party of pioneering tourists to take part in the first organised tour to the Alps.

Forties fashions in Fishergate. Photo courtesy of Jean Hague.

When war time passion for fashion was hit by the ration book

Today marks the 75th anniversary of clothing rationing being introduced in Britain. A new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North looks at what this meant for the fashion industry and textile trade in Lancashire. The exhibition’s Dr Alison Slater, reveals how these unexpected clothing regulations affected working class families in the North West.

Crowds at the Chipping Steam Fair

Full steam ahead at fair

There was fun in the sun for families and enthusiasts alike as Chipping Steam Fair proved a runaway hit.

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Dam Busters

On this day: RAF Dambusters raid takes place

On this day in 1943, the RAF operation that would become known as the Dambusters raid took place.

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On the sands "hats will be worn"

Fylde basking in sunshine through the years

The recent sunny spell has put us in mind of some of the heatwaves the Fylde has experienced over the years and times the sun shone brightly on the coast.

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Thornton Cleveleys Gala exhibition at Cleveleys Community Centre.  Secretary Helen Moorhouse, curator Holly Moorhouse and chairman Emma Ellison.

Exhibition reveals how locals have had a field day over the years

Thornton Cleveleys Gala is one of the Fylde coast’s most historic festivals. And to celebrate it being nearly 120 years old, organisers this year held a special exhibition at Cleveleys Community Centre.

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Feldman's Theatre

Rivalry ends with two summer shows

Recently this page outlined the rivalry between music publishers Lawrence Wright and Bert Feldman in the Blackpool entertainment scene of the 1920s.

Meet Pat, the girl with the spotty dress and flashing smile

Meet Pat, the girl with the spotty dress and flashing smile

She has performed and befriended some of the biggest names in showbusiness, including Laurel and Hardy, Benny Hill and Morecambe and Wise.

Stars of the American sitcom Friends (from left to right back) Matt Le Blanc, David Schwimmer, (left-right front) Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston

On this day: The series finale of Friends aired

On 6 May 2004 the global hit TV sitcom Friends finally came to an end after ten years.

Remember Woolworths?

Five big-name stores lost from our high streets

Today there was difficult news for the British high street as it was revealed British Home Stores are on the brink of collapse with a potential loss of up to 11,000 jobs.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Blackpool Opera House for the Royal Variety Performance, in 1955

Right royal visits to the Fylde coast

To mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, Memory Lane takes a look back at her visits to the Fylde coast over the years.

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