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.

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.

A signed Tommy Cooper picture set to go on display

Just like that – Tommy’s Blackpool show in exhibition

Tommy Cooper’s hand-written jokes, and a poster of him topping the bill in Blackpool, are set to go on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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A previous open day for the Blackpool Museum.  Pictured are Deborah Makin and Tracy Collins.

Museum’s performers call

From singers to circus acts - the Blackpool Museum Project needs you!

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Bob Braithwaite receives his gold medal at Mexico Olympics in 1968

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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