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
Blackpool Tower

Did Hitler want to make resort his playground?

It’s a story that has been told many times before, but the airing of a new TV series has seen it resurface: Hitler loved Blackpool so much he spared it from the wrath of the Luftwaffe and planned to turn it into his own personal holiday destination.

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Leslie Heyes and his staff, pictured in 1973 at a party thrown by the Opera House summer season star Danny La Rue (centre) 
Les is at the table on the left

Memories from the front line of 50s theatre

Blackpool in the 1950s was as exciting as Hollywood – or as exciting as we thought it was in Hollywood.

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Charlie Carioli with his son

The big stars of the big top

Roll-up, roll-up... for a peek inside the archives of the famous Tower Circus.

Arnold Villa and Westover

The story behind two historic Blackpool villas

150-year-old tales of intrigue surround a pair of elegant homes built on South Shore’s Lytham Road.

ML Fleetwood

The majestic North Euston Hotel was originally commissioned and paid for by Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood at a cost of nearly �30,000. 
Designed by the London architect Decimus Burton, it got is name from the fact that at the time travellers from London to Scotland could only get a train as far as Fleetwood and had to catch a boat to Ardrossan. The hotel opened in 1841. At the end of the hotel was a public bath house and also a jetty (where the pier is today) for the use of hotel guests. All had been demolished before 1900. / historical / 1940s?

Without him, the port we know now would never have existed

There may not – yet – be a statue of him in Fleetwood.

Valentines Day card published in 1907. Image courtesy of

St Valentine's Day through the ages

Local historian Keith Johnson looks at how Lancastrian lovebirds celebrated St Valentine's Day in years gone by

The first Showzam! in Blackpool, 10 years ago. Pics by Barry McCann

10 years of magic, mayhem, music... and all that jazz!

This year marks the 10th year of Blackpool’s annual festival celebrating magic, variety and live performance – Showzam!

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Postcards depicting the original route of the Garstang rail line through rural Wyre

Reviving a ‘forgotten’ Lancashire rail route dream

Campaigners on track to try and restore parts of old Garstang to Knott End line

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A goods train going through Garstang station in the 1950s

All aboard Lancashire's long lost railway

Author Dave Richardson is researching a new book about life on tracks of one of Lancashire’s smallest railway lines
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The Who live on stage

Who fans talkin’ bout their generation

Fans of rockers The Who have been sharing memories of the legendary band’s Lancashire concerts with author Richard Houghton
Fairhaven Lake.
The Mawson Japanese Garden. It is thought the garden remains buried under the present landscape

The history behind a striking part of the Fylde’s heritage

It is considered to be the third oldest marine lake in Britain and it represents a very important part of the heritage of Fylde.

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