Deadline extended for woman of year awards

Nominations have been flooding in for the Fylde Woman of the Year awards, but the deadline has been extended a week to accommodate even more.

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Tough punishment promised as 'dirty dozen' remain on run from prison

Ministry of Justice bosses insist offenders who abscond from Kirkham Prison will face tough punishments but are yet to answer questions over prisoners who remain at large.

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Kirkham Prison

Dozen inmates on the run from Kirkham prison

An armed robber and a drug dealer are among 12 criminals still at large after absconding from Kirkham Prison – but police won’t say who they are.

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Workers are redesigning the pool area at Ribby Hall, Wrea Green

Hi-tech slide part of £1.5m Ribby revamp

A Fylde coast tourist attraction is investing £1.5m in its popular pool.

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Manhunt as another prisoner goes missing from Kirkham

Police are appealing for help tracing a man who has been missing from prison since Sunday.
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How the revamped Kirkham station will look

Cash available to solve station parking crisis

Cash set aside to improve Kirkham and Wesham station should be used to end nearby residents’ parking misery, campaigners have said.

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WATCH: Blackpool finally on track to a 21st century railway

There’s a photograph hanging behind the desk of driver team manager Garry Ray.
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Lloyds is to close two Fylde coast branches

Fears for future of high streets as Lloyds announces bank branch closures

Concerns have been raised for the future of Fylde coast high streets following the announcement two more banks are to close.

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Soldiers arrive to take part in the military funeral of Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington at All Saints and Martyrs Church in Langley, Greater Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 26, 2017. The soldier, from the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died in a "tragic incident" near Baghdad earlier this month. See PA story DEFENCE Death. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Hundreds mourn Lancashire soldier killed in Iraq

Hundreds of mourners paid their respects at a moving funeral ceremony for a Lancashire-based soldier killed in Iraq.

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Fylde Woman of the Year winner 2016, Pam Young, with Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Woman of the Year search

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has launched his annual campaign to find Fylde’s Woman of the Year.

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Mark Menzies at Kirkham Station

Rail upgrade after 'generation of neglect'

A generation of neglect is being put right on the Fylde coast’s railways, says MP Mark Menzies.

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A view of the looms, at Progress Mill, in October 1953

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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Arran Hunter with his great grandfather Jim Ball, a former Naval Seaman who has inspire Arran to follow in his footsteps

Hero Jim inspires Arran to join Navy

A young Navy recruit is following in the footsteps of his war hero great-grandad.

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Five arrested in takeaway drugs raid

A man is awaiting deportation and four others are on police bail following a drugs raid on a takeaway

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General view of A583 Preston New Road, Kirkham Bypass - where average speed cameras will be installed.

High-tech speed cameras are being installed on two of the Fylde’s most dangerous roads

Average speed cameras are to be installed on two key Fylde coast link roads for the first time, The Gazette can reveal today.

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Elaine Silverwood at her revamped shop, Book, Bean and Ice Cream, in Kirkham

A new chapter for Fylde coast book store

A new chapter in the life of one of the county’s best known book stores is well under way after the author of a successful formula returned to town.

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The Lytham branch of NatWest bank

‘Bankers don’t give a fig for communities – just profits’

It’s the age old story – we want them on our high streets but fewer and fewer of us use them.

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Identical Twins, pictured left, Marie Townsend and Stella Kyarsgaard in Penwortham, Preston.

“Measles saved our life”

Marie Townsend and Stella Kyarsgaard should have been at the school one day in August 1944 when an American Air Force bomber crashed into their classroom killing their reception classmates. But the sisters were kept home that day due to being ill with measles. AASMA DAY talks to the Lancashire twins about their miraculous escape.

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Bellringers from St Michael's Church, Kirkham with one of the 170-year-old bells recently dismantled ahead of being replaced. From left: Keith Cookson, Terry Williams, Geoff Speight and Ken Jagger.

Time to ring out the old

It was the opportunity of a lifetime for the bellringers and parishioners of a rural Fylde church - a close-up look at the original bells which have rung out across town for 170 years.

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Customers’ dismay at bid to shut down banks

Customers’ dismay at bid to shut down banks

A bank’s plans to shut four branches will have a severe effect on customers and businesses, it has been claimed.

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