1994: A look back at the big stories

This week in 1994, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died in a New-York City hospital four days after suffering a stroke. He was 81.
Flags flew above North Pier as the heavily-clothed crowds thronged on either side of Blackpool promenade in this turn of the century view. Landaus and trams dominated and not a car - or a traffic light in sight! It's also hard to find a single person not wearing some kind of headgear.
Blackpool historical / 1905/06

North Pier throughout the ages

This collection of archive photographs shows one of Blackpool’s most iconic attractions during the last two centuries.

The war memorial at Thornton

Search of for relatives of tragic soldier who inspired last-ditch protest

A search has been launched for relatives of a tragic soldier who was sent off to war in the face of a desperate last ditch protest.

One of Garstang's best known residents, journalist Pat Seed, founded the Pat Seed Appeal which for many years became one of the best known charities in Britain.

Forty years on: The Pat Seed Fund remembered

She was one in a million - and touched the hearts of the nation with her courage, determination and tenacity.
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Frank Sinatra - mobbed in '50s  in Blackpool

“It was a very good year” with ol’ Blue Eyes

One of Ken Dodd’s bits of doggerel is “Woman is fickle, give her a tickle. . .”

Tessie O'Shea painting in the garden "Rose Cottage" her home in Poulton, in 1945

Historic season at stunning resort venue

This week on the telly I heard yet another broadcaster refer to “the Blackpool pier.”

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Joseph Blackburn should never have been sent to war

Death of a conscript who should never have gone to war

Joseph Blackburn was tragically sent to war despite twice being exempted from military service, writes David Hewitt

Josef Locke.

Fascinating story of colourful favourite

“The world is full of grey people. Josef Locke was multi-coloured.”

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A packed dancefloor in the Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom in 1948.

Can you help get notes in the right order?

Thanks For the Memory would be a good name for a project at Blackpool’s Central Library.

Dora Bryan, at the Grand Theatre, in 1982

From cheeky comedy to the kitchen sink

Newspapers call them “flashbacks” – the paragraphs about events from the past, usually from 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago.

Singer Josef Locke

Infamous singer who made hits, court appearances and headlines

Josef Locke had a charismatic personality and was a huge success but no stranger to controversy.


How fitness shaped up in resort in years gone-by

Blackpool has just hosted the annual, popular International Fitness Showcase at the Winter Gardens, where instructors, fitness professionals and exercise fanatics get together for a weekend of sweat and the all the latest training trends.

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The Air Officer Commanding No 12 Group Fighter Command, Air vice-marshal W J Crisham, CBE inspected the Western sector operations centre and the air traffic control unit at RAF Warton.
Here he is seen inspecting the parade.
With him is Flight Lieut WAE Herbert, DFC and Squadron leader KJ Plested, AFC, AFM

Flying back in time to the 50s and Warton’s days as an RAF station

Today it’s the home of BAE on the Fylde coast.

King Kong has  a cup of tea whilst guarding Blackpool Tower

A really big star came for tea

The Blackpool version of the King Kong story didn’t involve expeditions to remote islands or even a beauty and the beast twist.

The ongoing work at Plover Scar lighthouse in the Lune Estuary

Ray of hope for the historic Plover Scar lighthouse

A complex repair and reconstruction project is continuing on the 169-year-old Plover Scar lighthouse in the Lune estuary.

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Garstang Town Councillor Graham Salisbury, has accused some business owners of erecting non-compliant signs in the Garstang Conservation Area

Row over Garstang signs in heritage area

A major row has been sparked by claims that Garstang’s town centre historic heritage area is being marred by unauthorised advertising signs.

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Comic great Charlie Chaplin cut his teeth in the music halls of Lancashire

Clog dancing kid who became a global superstar

Charlie Chaplin’s journey to becoming the first global movie star saw him treading the boards in Lancashire in his early years. Mike Hill reports.

The beauty of Blackpool by night

The beauty of Blackpool by night

From the world-famous Illuminations to the iconic Tower, Blackpool has always looked particularly striking when photographed at night.

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Maureen Ashcroft and Cyril Dixon today, survivors of the SS Yorkshire torpedoed off the French coast in October 1939

Lancashire survivors recall their rescue from SS Yorkshire

"You want to save that lad, remember the day it saved your life.”
Pancake tossing in the 1830s

Lancashire's weird and wonderful Pancake Day traditions

Pancake Day is upon us and local historian Keith Johnson reveals the strange Lancastrian rituals once celebrated at this time of year
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