Some ‘reel’ interesting pictures of historic Fylde textile mill at work

These wonderful pictures show a piece of Kirkham’s rich past as a mill town.

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Amy Johnson

Heroine’s disappearence a mystery 76 years on

It has long been held as one of the great mysteries from the golden age of aviation.

Site of the Second World War American army camp at Pilling as it looks today

On the farm with the American GIs

A ventilator pipe and a part of brick outhouse are all that is left of what was, for a short period of time, a bustling Second World War American army camp in the unlikeliest of places .

Image of a boat tram from Barry McLoughlin's book

Tram books on right track for nostalgia

A trio of newly published tram books is set to revive memories of 1970s Blackpool when the resort had the only surviving street tramway in the country.

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Giant Haystacks feels the wrath of Big Daddy in January 1984

Seconds away... for return of the golden days of televised wrestling

For generations of ‘World of Sport’ fans Saturday afternoon meant wrestling. Stars like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks were loved by millions. ITV has commissioned a wrestling special to air on New Year’s Eve. Wrestling commentator Greg Lambert looks back at a golden age for sports entertainment
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Crowds watch the annual procession of Father Christmas on his way to RHO Hills store in the rain, through Blackpool in 1975

Pictures of Christmas past

He’s the friendly face of Christmas. He’s loved by children everywhere and has been a festive favourite for generations of youngsters.

Fleetwood Christmas Lights Switch-on. Children from Larkholme Primary School choir singing at Fisherman's Walk.

Hitting all the high notes for the festive season in years gone-by

Tis the season for carol-singing.

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Santa Claus at a Christmas Party, in London Road Labour Club, in Preston, in 1946

Did Santa Claus visit Lancashire first?

The first recorded mention of Santa Claus in England is believed to have been in a Lancashire newspaper, Mike Hill reports

First World War  soldiers in a trench on the Western Front in France wearing paper hats from Christmas crackers

Christmas Day on the frontline of the First World War

Roland Shawcross worked as a reporter for the Lancashire Daily Post before signing up to serve in the First World War aged 19. Here is a letter written on New Year’s Eve in 1915 describing how the Preston Pals spent Christmas Day on the front in France

The Syndicate Nightclub

Memories of Blackpool’s biggest club

‘Queues round the block, bars running out of drinks and mayhem in the foyer...’

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Firefighters tackle the blaze at the fun house at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

A big bang – then a ball of fire

The Gazette’s front page the next morning led with the headline: “Night the fun died.”

12 year old Fahid Shaheen gets to grips with Shak Khan the Kashmir Kid at his gym on Lytham Road, Blackpool.

Grappling with the legacy of the Kashmir Kid

Blackpool has a long history of wrestling – from Tarzan grappling opponents in the ring at the Tower Circus in the 40s, to the wrestling booths at the Pleasure Beach where members of the public could challenge a fighter in the 80s.

The Singing Scholars: Graham Ashfield, Noel McKnight, Barry Horton, Bill Gillespie and Malcom Carmichael.

Reunion hit all the right notes

Memory Lane helped reunite members of one of the first ever boybands who performed around the country almost six decades ago.

The Singleton Cloggers at Garstang Victorian Festival

A fine feast of festive fun for the Garstang Victorian evening

Father Christmas dashed through Garstang High Street greeting the hundreds of families who came to town to capture a little Christmas magic for the Garstang Victorian Festival.

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Garstang Christmas and Victorian Festival.
Pictured are Jo and Lee Birtwistle and their wood baked pizza's.
7th December 2015


Garstang High Street will be all dressed up for the festive season and many of the community too with just five days until the Victorian Christmas Festival.

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Supporters of the Matthew Hesmondhalgh Funds with copies of the new book on Catterall, Matthew's mum Paula Hesmondhalgh, second from right

A celebration of Catterall’s forgotten history

Garstang’s southern neighbour, sometimes in the shadow of its northerly big brother, has stepped into the limelight with the publication of a book firmly focused on the village of Catterall.

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Henry Hare, 1938

From motorbikes to spitfires

Fylde veteran John Hare was among several alumni to join the AKS service of remembrance, but the only person who still remembers some of the school’s pupils listed on the war memorial.

Early 20th century Preston entertainer Eugene Earle

Musician immortalised at port

John Eugene Richards Earle was born around 1878, possibly in South Wales, though his origins are difficult to trace.

Camels on the beach at Blackpool, 1896

Stunning shots of resort in the roaring Twenties

These delightful old photographs found in The Gazette archives show Blackpool around the time it was becoming an increasingly popular and growing holiday destination.

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